Bloody Mary lovers rejoice! The evolution of the Bloody Mary is complete. Made from 100% USDA beef, Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws are the final chapter in the creation of the “Perfect” Bloody Mary. Since the Bloody Mary was first served in 1921, many changes have been made. These changes have all been relative only to individual recipe, and choice of garnishment. The plastic drinking straw has remained constant. Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straw is a game changer. The addition of a Benny’s to a Bloody Mary takes the old plastic straw out of the equation. A Benny’s not only adds to the flavor of your favorite recipe, but the overall Bloody Mary experience is added to as well. A Bloody Mary soaked Benny’s is truly a taste of heaven.
During my 15+ years in the restaurant/bar business I’ve always loved trying new things to make people smile. One evening while bartending I was chatting with 2 customers. They had brought beef snack sticks with them to enjoy while having a couple of beers. Always hungry, I asked for one. While snacking on the stick, I thought to myself these would taste fantastic in a bloody mary! I began thinking of the best way to use it, and immediately thought it should be a straw instead of just a stick. As a straw, the bloody mary would be able to soak into the beef and be a juicy snack all the way through. Armed with this new idea, I started making them at home for my friends and family. Everyone loved them, and after some research I thought I should make these available for everyone. I hope my idea can add a bit of fun, and great taste to your bloody marys for years to come.
I am a transplant from the great State of Arizona to Iowa. I moved to Iowa in 1992 at age 20 and immediately fell in love with this State. I met my amazing wife Megan here in Iowa, and we are currently raising our 4 year old son, Luke, and our 1 year old daughter, Claire. I’ve worked almost any job the restaurant world has to offer, from Dishwasher to Cook to Bartender to Restaurant Owner. Over the years I’ve met some of the best friends a person could ever hope to know, and without them, this would not be possible. Specifically, Nathan Klostermann, who has helped me develop this idea from the very beginning. Hopefully the product will reflect the hard work, fun, and excitement that we feel surrounds this idea. Please remember that having fun with friends and family is what life is all about, and we hope that this product helps add some smiles, and a even more laughter to life’s gatherings.
Life began for me in 1980 in a small town in eastern Iowa. I was raised by two of the most amazing individuals I know, who instilled in me everything that I am today. I met my best friend Allisha and our son Connor in 2003 and became the luckiest man in the world when we were married in 2008. Coincidentally, 2003 is the same year I met Mr. Ben Hirko. Almost over night Ben and I became friends and the rest was as they say “was History.” I have spent the better half of my life trying to find an occupation that I am passionate about and I found it one night on the deck of Ben’s home when he uttered the words, “Beef Straw.” I have to thank him and my wife for allowing me the opportunity to pursue something I truly believe in. The missing piece of the puzzle has been added to my life and the Bloody Mary Cocktail as well. I hope you enjoy them.