Jeff Beachbum Berry at The Hukilau, Ft. Lauderdale, June 2010

Mixologist Jeff “Beachbum” Berry to conduct a seminar on the “Suffering Bastard” cocktail and its inventor Joe Scialon at The Hukilau weekender event in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, June 10 – 13, 2010.

Tiki Kiliki Productions presents…
Experience Polynesia in America’s Vacationland
June 10 – 13, 2010
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, author of five books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, will be giving a seminar on international mixologist, Joe Scialom, creator of one of Tiki’s most notorious drinks, The Suffering Bastard. Berry, world celebrated cocktail expert who has been profiled in LA Magazine, The LA Times and the Wall Street Journal, will reveal the untold story of how Scialom, a trained chemist who spoke eight languages and survived two revolutions, imprisonment and exile, to create some of the 1940’s most infamous drinks. Berry, who spent two years tracking down his elusive subject might even mix event goers a potent cocktail or three during the course of his tropical drink seminar at this year’s Hukilau.

Berry created the cocktail menu for the Luau in Beverly Hills, which the New York Times cited as one of the nation’s 24 “Bars on The Cutting Edge,” and co-created “Tiki+” for iPhone, a drink recipe app which Macworld magazine called “beautifully rendered and, thanks to Berry’s tireless reporting, impeccably sourced.”  Berry’s original cocktail recipes have been printed in publications around the world, most recently the 67th edition of the Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide; his drinks have been served at Elletaria in Manhattan, the Tabou Tiki Room in Berlin, Taboo Cove in Las Vegas, the Tiki Room in Stockholm, Pho Republique in Boston, the Palace Cafe in New Orleans, and Intoxica in Copenhagen, among others.  Jeff has appeared on Martha Stewart Living Radio and Radio Margaritaville, and has conducted tropical drink seminars and tastings across the U.S. and Europe.  He serves on the advisory board of the Museum Of The American Cocktail.

Immediately after The Hukilau, Berry will travel from Florida to Greece to start a month-long project, “Bum Berry’s & Captain Vadrna’s Faux-Tropical bar School.”  On the unspoiled Greek island of Antiparos, Berry will be teaching beachside classes on Tiki mixology, history, and barmanship.  Berry’s fellow instructor, acclaimed mixologist Stanislav Vadrna travels the world teaching and learning different drink-making disciplines and is the most passionate and dynamic spirits educator alive today.  There will be four sessions for enrollees to choose from, each session four days long.

Written by Dionysus Records