Lemon Hart & Son has been an influential brand for the past 200 years. It rose to prominence in 1803 as the official rum of the British Royal Navy. It then became an essential ingredient in tiki cocktails like the Zombie (with the help of Don the Beachcomber), 151 Swizzle, Navy Grog, and is still faithfully used at the iconic Mai-Kai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hawaii Beverage Guide was fortunate enough to interview Master Blender Michael Booth and Brand Ambassador Miles Vrahimis to learn more about the brand.
Chareau, a California Aloe Liqueur, is Kurt Charron’s attempt to bottle the terrior of the agricultural lands of Southern California. Situated in Camarillo, California, (directly north of Thousand Oaks and a 45 minute drive from Los Angeles) it sits in an office park completely surrounded by agricultural land.
Hawaii Beverage Guide had the opportunity to visit the distillery and chat with Kurt Charron, founder and Master Distiller of Chareau, to gain more insight.
By Daniela Parker
Hawaii Beverage Guide had the opportunity to meet with Firestone Walker’s Hawaii state manager, Jesús “Chuy” Lopez at their Venice “Propagator” restaurant in Marina Del Rey. Through our conversation, we found that the partnership they have with Duvel Moortgat, the approach to their different locations (which are spread out over 200 miles), and their approach to beer brewing (via origins on a Central Coast Winery) particularly interesting.