<![CDATA[Club Tiki - Home/News]]>Tue, 17 Nov 2015 02:50:03 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Because we love BEER!]]>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:35:07 GMThttp://www.clubtiki.com/homenews/because-we-love-beerPicture
We love beer. It's true, we do. The only thing we love more than beer is vintage beer advertising art. We spend a lot of time drinking beer and then thinking about it. When we came across these vintage pieces of advertising we decided it was high time that Club Tiki branch out a bit and do some beer related merchandise.

Tokio Beer was a Japanese Brewery from the turn of the previous century. This vintage advertising piece comes from about 1906 and has been edited and modified to look good on a t-shirt. The original background has been dropped out and the logo and many of the main elements were hand-traced and redrawn so that the image would scale up nicely.

Cascade Beer was brewed by the Kotobukiya Brewery in Yokohama. The image from that shirt came from a 1929 ad.

Both of these beers were great!

Well, we have no idea, but we truly love the art in the advertising, especially the Tokio Beer ad, it looks so circus freaks and what's with the horse on a stick being ridden by an angel?

Look for more great vintage beer t-shirts coming from Club Tiki. Have a favorite brand you would like to see on a shirt? Let us know!

<![CDATA[Aloha Jhoe's and a Sad Hollywood Story]]>Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:05:42 GMThttp://www.clubtiki.com/homenews/aloha-jhoes-and-a-sad-hollywood-storyPicture
Aloha Jhoe's was the name of a Polynesian Restaurant and Bar in Palm Springs, CA.  Created by famed Oscar winning Art Director Lyle Wheeler, Aloha Jhoe's opened about four years after the movie South Pacific was release. Wheeler was joined by carver and set designer Jim Casey and together they opened what seemed like a small theme park without the rides. The Palm Springs area was sick with Polynesian high end dining at the time, but most of it all had the same sort of design and look. I would imagine that Wheeler took most of his inspiration for Aloha Jhoe's from his research into the design of the award winning South Pacific.

As with anything involving Hollywood, Wheeler's story took an odd turn and maybe had not a happy ending.

Lyle Wheeler worked on more than 350 films, winning five Academy Awards ('Gone with the Wind', 'Anna and the King of Siam',The Robe (1953),The King and I (1956) and The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)) and was nominated for twenty-four others.

The list of movies this man worked on is mind-blowing. Some people would hang their hats on having created the sets for Tara in Gone With The Wind, but he went on to design sets for some of the greatest, now classic films, of his time.

The only thing that says more about his talent than his five academy awards is the fact that he was nominated some 29 times, on more than one occasion for more than one film in one year.

It's the stories of those Academy Awards that is the sad part of this story. In his later years Wheeler fell into some financial problems forced and was forced to sell his house in Pacific Palisades in 1982
Aloha Jhoe's of Palm Spring Tiki Bar Matchbook Reproduction Shirt
He put his five Academy Awards into storage but was soon unable to pay the rent for that storage, The Oscars, hidden within eleven boxes marked 'Wheeler' were eventually auctioned off, selling for $175. One person was decent enough to try and return his statue to Wheeler, but I am unclear as to whether this happened before or after his death.

I'm not certain where Aloha Jhoe's entered into the equation or whether it contributed to his financial downfall. Maybe his decision to put together a really cool tiki place was the kind of decision making process that fueled his entire life. I get that. Aloha Jhoe's had a design that was far different from places like Trader Vics or Don The Beachcomber's. It stood out in a sea of cliche's in my mind as having some sense of actual inspiration or thought. You can read more about the restaurant at the Tiki Central website HERE

I am also not sure who drew or created the matchbook cover we took this image from. Maybe it was Wheeler, to be certain Wheeler art directed it. Whatever the case it is a very cool and funky piece of work. We have digitally redrawn the image in order to better reproduce the art on a shirt, allowing for consistent color and sharp line, which to be honest does not mean a lot on a t-shirt, but I felt that we wanted to preserve the art in a way that made it look something more like the original image.

<![CDATA[The Royal Hawaiian and the Shirley Temple]]>Tue, 07 Jan 2014 01:40:41 GMThttp://www.clubtiki.com/homenews/the-royal-hawaiian-and-the-shirley-temple Picture
I have been to Hawaii several times in my life, but the only time I went to Oahu was on my honeymoon 25 years ago. I had wanted to stay at the Royal Hawaiian hotel but for reasons out of my control we ended up staying at the Sheraton next door.

The Royal Hawaiian (also known as The Pink Palace of the Pacific and, alternately, the Pink Lady) is an odd structure for Hawaii. Opened in 1927, the Spanish style architecture is not what you would expect for a beachfront Hawaiian hotel. One of the first hotels established in Waikiki it quickly became the place to be. The six-story building sports 400 rooms and cost over $4 Million dollars to construct. It was the first place to ever to be called"The Western Whitehouse" as FDR conducted a bit of presidential business inside it's walls. The architecture, a mix of Spanish and Moorish design, was said to have been influenced by the Arabian movies of Rudolph Valentino. Pink was kind of in at the time, so I imagine that the decision to paint the place pink was a no-brainer.

But the thing that I find most fascinating about the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is it's claim to be the birthplace of the Shirley Temple. Now everyone should be familiar with the Shirley Temple, basically just ginger ale mixed with some grenadine. Nothing really special, kids get it all the time. But the drink back then must have been radically different than what we serve now. Most bars and restaurants in our high-fructose/low quality generations do not serve actual ginger ale, instead what you get is a mix of cola and something like Sprite or 7-UP.  In some cases you might see a place that serves Canada Dry or some other canned soda, but that is not the same as the ginger ale of days gone by. And don't even get me started on what passes for grenadine these days.

Grenadine was originally prepared from pomegranate juice or something similar. The most popular brand of grenadine is a corn syrup nightmare called Rose's which I wouldn't feed to hungry ants.

So, to imagine the Shirley Temple as was prepared at the Pink Lady you would have to imagine something totally different. If you wanted to try and approximate it you would need to do some searching for the right kind of ingredients. First place to start would be the Ginger Ale.  My research indicates that the closest thing you will find to real ginger ale is Vernor's which is made and bottled by Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc. and is produced close to the recipe originated by James Vernor that was a mix of 17 ingredients including ginger and vanilla. I have had it and it is good, however something that I have heard which might be better is Fever Tree Ginger Ale. I have not tried it, but it has been highly recommended to me.

For the grenadine, try making your own. It's pretty easy (I say this never having done it, but it SOUNDS easy). Grenadine can be created by simmering pomegranate juice for 15 minutes on the stove, then adding superfine sugar. 
I have discovered the most wonderful grenadine from a company called Employees Only. We have started using it in our very own music venue to produce what we call an authentic Shirley Temple and I can say that anyone that has tried it has been amazed at what this old standard of a soda ca taste like.

I guess the easy thing to say is "Why bother". I mean, this is a drink for kids right? Well, I firmly believe that kids need to be trained to expect higher quality at an early age. I mean maybe the decline of the Shirley Temple had something to do with the decline of the tropical drink. As things got sweeter and sweeter people just started taking all kinds of liberties with their drinks. If you accept some combination of cola and Sprite mixed with a sickening red syrup as a Shirley Temple, then is should come as no surprise to you when the Mai Tai you ordered ends up being Hawaiian Punch mixed with Bacardi (I've seen this, I know it happens).

I think it is worth, at least once, to mix up a proper Shirley Temple and whisk yourself back to the days of the Royal Hawaiian. I can feel the ocean breezes now.
<![CDATA[Don't Call It A Comeback Because We Never Left]]>Sat, 04 Jan 2014 01:22:15 GMThttp://www.clubtiki.com/homenews/dont-call-it-a-comeback-because-we-never-leftHey folks, the publishers of your favorite books by Beach Bum Berry books (The Grog Log, Intoxica, Taboo Table, Remixed and Sippin' Safari) has relaunched its website. I guess social media is now passé and the world is asking us to go back to having plain old websites that you can read on your phone.

We will be adding more content to this site in the next few weeks, but in the meantime check out our Amazon store page and our new Tiki Tees product line on the shirt page.