Avoid another Father's Day Fiasco - get personal this year!

Avoid another Father's Day Fiasco - get personal this year!

Claire Patrick

Was last year's Father's Day a bust? Whether you just waited too late, got dad another dreaded necktie - or worse yet - NOTHING, you should definitely make it up to him this time around. Forget the socks and cufflinks and find something befitting dad's uniqueness - just peruse our handy dandy Father's Day gift guide! 

Does dad love the outdoors? Grandpa loves to golf? Husband loves to hunt? We've got you covered. 

For the Golfer:

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He's looked forward to retirement for 18 reasons. When gramps hits the green, he shouldn't have to go empty handed. We've heard a little protein between holes can take that bogey to a birdie - so help the old man out.  Our Pacific Mountain Farms jerky sticks will fit perfectly in his golf bag. 

For the Cyclist:

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Does your husband do double time on his bike - riding to work daily to save money & the environment?  Has he been spending his evenings teaching junior how to ride without training wheels?  Sounds like he deserves the reward for cyclist - and maybe even dad of the year. Fuel his ride this Father's Day with some Buffalo Bob's exotic jerky to keep him pedaling. 

For the Hunter:

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This one's pretty self explanatory. We've got two words for you: Ammo Cans. You can thank us later. 

For the Grillmaster:

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Is there no where else your pops would rather be than stoking the coals or the propane on a summer weekend? By all means, this Father's Day, give the man something worth grilling! We've got Reindeer, Caribou, Boar, Elk & Venison sausages to tantalize his tastebuds and win him over. 

For the Adventurer:

Dynasty Club Fathers Day Gift Subscription

Maybe the special man in your life doesn't want to be beholden to hobbies. Or perhaps he has too many to count. Aren't all men a little wild at heart? The adventurous guy who loves to try new things absolutely NEEDS to be a part of our Dynasty Club. For a truly special Father's Day, nothing else will do for the dad who has it all and does it all. Whether you Join the Dynasty for him for a month, 3 months, or a year, he'll remember this Father's Day forever. 

We've got high hopes that this year will be the best Father's Day across the board...and we think our jerky's a good way to make that happen! 

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Beer & Jerky pairings for National Beer Day!

Beer & Jerky pairings for National Beer Day!

Claire Patrick

National Beer Day may have only been celebrated since April 7, 2009, but folks were celebrating beer long before that! Wondering why April 7th? In March of 1933, Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act (which said beer could contain up to 3.2% alcohol by weight) into law, and it was enacted on April 7, 1933! Previous laws had required alcohol to be below 0.5% (thanks, prohibition!) and this was a game changer, which eventually led to the 21st Amendment!  Whether you're celebrating New Beer's Eve tonight, or National Beer Day tomorrow (or let's face it....both), we wouldn't be us if we didn't give you some suggestions for pairing your favorite beers with our meaty goods. 

Now that the history lesson is over, let the pairings begin! 

Teriyaki jerky + Blonde Ale: 

Teriyaki Caribou Jerky and Deschutes River Ale


When preparing a pairing session, we like to start mild and light with both jerky and beer and work our way up in intensity and boldness. So we're starting off with an easy drinking blonde and some of the sweeter side of jerky. If you've never tasted Caribou, our Teriyaki stick from Indian Valley Alaska is a great option. And its sweetness pairs great with the caramel & apricot notes in the crisp Deschutes River Ale, or probably just about any other excellent Blonde for that matter! 

BBQ Jerky + Pale Ale:

BBQ Alligator Jerky Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

If you live in the south, you already know that you can't go wrong pairing BBQ with your favorite Pale Ale. But for those of you who don't, you may have never had the pleasure of tasting this sweet and citrusy combo. Try our Buffalo Bob's BBQ Alligator snack pack paired with the grapefruity goodness that is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for a little taste of the south in the summertime. 

Fish Jerky + Pilsner: 

Kaimana Fish Jerky Real Ale Hans Pils

For our last combo on the lighter side, we've paired some wild caught Ahi Tuna Jerky from Kaimana with Hans' Pils from Real Ale. The bright hoppiness combined with German malts in the pilsner provide a great balance to the smokiness of the Hawaiian tuna for a winning combination. This specific pilsner is a bit more heavily hopped than most, so it'd go great with our Peppered Ahi Tuna as well if you want to spice things up a bit. 

Venison Pepper Jerky + IPA: 

Venison Pepper Jerky Ballast Point Sculpin

Now for something a little more bold. Deer season may be over, but we've always got Venison stocked. And the richness our Venison and Beef Peppered Jerky supplies is a great counterbalance to the citrus & pine notes of Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. The cracked pepper flavor of the jerky mixing with the hoppy aroma of this beer is absolutely mouth watering. You've just gotta try it. 

Scorpion Pepper + Stout: 
Scorpion Pepper Jerky Lakewood Temptress

Love playing with fire? This last pairing is for you! Our Smoky Mountain Scorpion Pepper Brisket Jerky is a little sweet with a LOT of hot. Made with one of the hottest peppers on the planet, we're pretty sure it'll make you sweat. But a pint of Lakewood Temptress Imperial Milk Stout might just be the perfect thing to cool things off. With it's thick chocolate head, and notes of caramel and vanilla, the silky mouthfeel of this lower carbonation beer will calm the flames. Between the jerky and the beer - this pairing is both intense and complex - go big or go home, right? 

Jerky + Beer = Beer jerky! 

Beer Jerky
Perhaps you've decided that April happened to be a good month to get on the wagon and stop drinking. Bad timing, huh? But wait - you can still celebrate National Beer Day with our beer jerky (it's not technically drinking, right?)! Normally a pale ale drinker? Try our Black Label Draft Ale Beef Jerky that's marinated in its goodness. Love something a bit darker? Our Dark Ale Beer Jerky from Northwest Bierhaus in Oregon should do the trick! 

We hope these pairings make this year's celebration of National Beer Day one to remember! Please drink (and eat) responsibly. Oh wait. One can never have too much jerky! 

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valentines cards

Make this Valentine's Day unforgettable with Jerky!

Claire Patrick

Ah Valentine's Day - February 14th - a worldwide celebration of love. It's 2018 people. We've been giving our loved ones the same old gifts for far too long, and it's time to shake it up! The team here at Jerky Dynasty has your back with unique gifts to help make this the best Valentine's day yet! 

We've rounded up some of the best options for your boo depending on your traditional gift-giving style. We're pretty sure our gifts will give your love ALL the heart eyes in the world for you! So without further adieu...

Roses are red...but jerky is better! 

valentine's bouquet

Flowers may be beautiful - but they're so short-lived.  And according to this survey, 46% of women would be disappointed to recieve flowers this Valentine's Day. We'd guess even fewer men care for bouquets. Unless, however, it's a longer-lasting bouquet of a different kind.  Nothing says true love like our Exotic Meat Bouquet from Carnivore Club. It's twenty long-stemmed jerky sticks will have your bae swooning, and it *might* even outlast those already-dying blooms. Plus - no pesky thorns. 

Mix things up! 

mix cd jerky assortment

Fan of ye olde mix CD? Let's be honest - your significant other is only using Spotify these days and hasn't touched an actual disc in years. Plus- it's always so hard to pick your favorite songs that send just the right message. But since variety IS still the spice of life, why not get them a mix pack of our Staff Favorites - our 20 favorite jerky flavors - hand picked for them! Just leave the selection in our hands. Less pressure for you, and more enjoyment for them. A win-win! 

For those who love a keepsake: 

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Everybody appreciates a personal gift - something they can hang on to forever. But the old personalized picture frame/money clip/you-name-it has got to be the cheesiest Valentine's gift option out there. Does your special someone really need another mug with their name on it? This year - get them a different kind of keepsake - something they'll want to display year after year - but only after enjoying its contents. Enter our 16-pack exotic jerky ammo can gift set. Not only is it full of tasty morsels, when your love has consumed all the jerky they can display it proudly on a shelf or use it to hold their most treasured possessions. Or - maybe just use it as a spot to stash all those personalized gifts they're embarrassed by *wink wink*. 

It's getting hot in here! 

spicy-valentines

Some folks use Valentine's Day as a way to spice things up. This year's your chance to take that literally. Want to raise his temperature and make him sweat?  Our Valentine's hot and spicy gift bundle will do just that! His pulse will be racing when he tries our Sriracha, Habanero, and Cajun spiced jerky. And we know spicy foods release endorphins - so this might just be your hottest Valentine's date night yet! 

No matter what your gift-giving style, Jerky Dynasty's here to help you make Valentine's Day 2018 the most memorable one yet. We've said it before and we'll say it again - nothing says "I love you" quite like jerky. 

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Celebrate Oktoberfest Jerky Dynasty Style!

Celebrate Oktoberfest Jerky Dynasty Style!

Claire Patrick
Not one of the lucky 6 million people attending Oktoberfest in Munich this year?  Don't fret - with beer + jerky pairings, you can throw your own Oktoberfest bash faster than you can say Prost! 
So let's start with the basics - every Oktoberfest needs a traditional Oktoberfest Märzen! And Paulaner's Oktoberfest Märzen is one of the few beers officially served at Munich's celebration. With its nutty light roast and malt sweetness, it's a very smooth, balanced beer - ready to pair with almost any meat. We think it'd be especially great paired with our wild boar summer sausage or our very own Black Pepper Beef Jerky

Paulaner
If you're a fan of the lighter side of German beers, a Hefeweizen might be more your speed. Toast 'Zum Wohl' (To Your Health) with a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (if you're going legit) or a Live Oak Hefeweizen if you want to try Texas' answer to this popular German beer style. The clove, banana, and citrus flavors mingle well with a honey ham jerky stick, or you could try a pint with some Alaskan Salmon Jerky.  
Hefeweizen
How about the hoppier side? German beers don't tend to traditonally be too hop-forward, but Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA melds the malt of a Märzenbier with the punch of several varieties of German grown hops (Herkules, Sterling and Hull Melon).  With this style of beer - something spicy works great. Try with our Hot & Spicy Beef Jerky, or play off the slight sweetness with some Honey Jalepeno Bacon jerky

Hopzeit

Whichever beer and jerky pairings you choose, don't forget the pretzels

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Fantasy Football Draft

Pigskin and Jerky = a winning combo for a winning season.

Claire Patrick
It's the most wonderful time of the year....nope - not Christmas. Football season. More specifically - it's fantasy draft time. And you're not the only one who's excited about it. 

According to the FSTA, approximately 57 million people play fantasy sports every year, and we're willing to bet that football is far and away the most popular.  And whether you've been doing it for your entire adulthood or just since you found The League so compelling, it's become a way of life.
Anchorman Fantasy Football
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a n00b,  you know the draft is serious business that shouldn't be done on an empty stomach.  You definitely shouldn't host or attend a draft party without the proper snacks. Who knows what could go down when your best friend drafts that sleeper pick you were holding out for? If you're hangry - you might say something you regret. 

We've got your solution - Jerky. And here are our top picks for your fantasy draft: 

#1 - FIRST PICK
Habanero Heatwave
Got the first draft pick? You may not know whether to choose David Johnson or Le'Veon Bell, but regardless - your team's gonna' be hot hot hot - like our Habanero Heatwave Jerky. Bring on the milk. 

#2 - MR. CREATIVE
There's always the guy who doesn't take himself too seriously, and comes up with a hilarious team name - like "Party Like a Gronk Star" or "Turn Down for Watt".  And his jerky of choice? Just as unique as he is creative.  If he's showing up, have some Alpaca or fish jerky on hand. He'll love you for it. 

#3 - THE FOOTBALLER
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This guy lives and breathes the sport. He played in high school and maybe even in college. The pigskin calls his name, and he's been working on spreadsheets for months in preparation for fantasy draft day. Why not please his palate with pork

We're pretty sure nothing goes better with football than jerky. Whether you're mourning Ezekiel Elliot's pending suspension or psyched to get Jamaal Williams or Kareem Hunt as your RB, start this fantasy season off right. Make this year's draft memorable with Jerky. 

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Celebrating Dad in Style

Celebrating Dad in Style

Claire Patrick

Dads are worth celebrating. At least Richard Nixon thought so when he made Father's Day a national holiday in 1972. And when it comes to Father's Day, folks across the globe have all sorts of traditions. In Thailand,  dads get Canna Lilies, and apparently in Germany, men load up wagons of beer and liqour and pull them into the woods. Here in the U.S. it varies - Dad might recieve a card, the traditional necktie, or a new tool. Or if you've accepted Jimmy Kimmel's Father's Day challenge, a big surprise. 

But the biggest surprise of all for your pops might be doing something a little different this year. Something that he can enjoy for days, weeks, months to come. Something he can brag to his buddies about. You guessed it - Jerky. 

Skip the tie, go for Jerky!

Apparently only the cool kids are doing it. If you're crafty in the kitchen you can follow in the footsteps of the likes of Gronk and Richard Sherman.  They're giving their dads jerky neckties. What's even better than a necktie? An ammo can filled with his favorite snack that he can display proudly in his office, or possibly some alcohol jerky to enjoy with his friends. We've got a whole page of our store dedicated to the perfect Father's Day gift, and you can't go wrong with any of our options. 

Here's hoping all the dads out there feel really special this year. If you think your kids need a hint on what to get you, feel free to email them this blog post. You won't regret it. 

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Love, Marriage, and Jerky

Love, Marriage, and Jerky

Claire Patrick

Planning your summer nuptials? You’re not the only one. The summer months are incredibly popular for weddings. While fall weddings are gaining popularity, 13% of all weddings happen in June

wedding rings

Why June? Perhaps you picked June because you’re a fan of mid-century-musicals, and “They say when you marry in June you’re a bride all your life, and the bridegroom who married in June gets a sweetheart for a wife.” Or maybe you’re a history buff, and follow the Celtic calendar, or wanted to marry in the month named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth. Obscure trivia your guide to life? How’s the “great unwashed” for a reason? There’s a chance you might simply want to walk the aisle in June because it’s your summer vacation, or the right flowers are in bloom.

Regardless of your reason, we’re here to help - no matter what side of the shindig you’re on.

If you’ll be the ones exchanging vows this summer, we’ve venture to guess you’ve got your best friends or family backing you up at the alter. You know - those folks that planned everything from wedding showers to bachelor/ette parties for you? They deserve a little thanks. And that’s where we come in. We’ve got an entire landing page of goodies that make great groomsmen gifts. If you’re a bride, your best gals might like some protein to keep their knees from shaking on the big day - maybe some summer sausage for that wine and cheese board in the bridal suite?  

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Maybe you’re the best man? Nothing saves a bachelor party like alcohol...jerky. Or get the groom a gift he can use to decorate the man cave in his new shared digs - an ammo can filled with snacks

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Or you could be the perpetual wedding guest - the one with 15 different wedding invitations and save the dates on your fridge. Tired of hitting up the ‘Triple B Box Store’ and looking at registries? Skip the pots, pans, and linens and get the happy couple something they’ll remember - a subscription to our Exotic Jerky of the Month Club! And when your turn rolls around, we’ll be here suggesting your wedding guests to do the same!

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Beer & Jerky Pairings for your St. Patty’s Day shindig

Claire Patrick

Have plans to be Irish for a day on March 17th this year? Whether you’re determined to wear (and drink) green, or avoiding the St. Patrick’s Day party, we’ve got some beer and jerky pairings we think you’ll love!

Go green or go home:

We’re not sure where the green beer tradition started, but we’re pretty sure it’s an American thing. If you’re making green beer to toast your heritage, you’re gonna’ want to start with a beer that’s light in color (but not low on taste). 2 drops of green food coloring should do the trick. And of course, you’ll need some Jerky to go with your festive beverage.

The yellow coloring of a light lager or Pilsner lends itself to turning green. And your Heineken, Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils, or your Lagunitas Pils would go great with the lighter side of Jerky - like any of our fish jerky varieties!

More of a Pale Ale drinker? Try your Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Deschutes Mirror Pond, or Ballast Point Grunion with something with a little kick, like Jeff’s Famous Habanero Heat Wave or our very own Jerky Dynasty Hot & Spicy. Let’s get this St. Patty’s party started!

Ye olde Irish Standards:

Green beer not your thing? Rather stick with something more traditional, perhaps a dry Irish stout? Whether it’s the old standby - Guinness, a Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery, or a Bearded Seal from Pinthouse Pizza in Austin, TX  - the high carbohydrate level in stout helps to bring out the flavor in the jerky. Pair it with Buffalo Bob’s BBQ Wild Boar - Or Honey BBQ Old Fashioned Elk - The roasty notes of the stout provide a great flavor to accompany the sweetness of the BBQ taste.

No matter your beer style preference, you can’t really go wrong pairing any beer with ANY jerky. It’s just a tried and true combo. And regardless of your heritage or celebratory status, we hope you have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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