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Isle ingredients flavor Plantation Tavern’s drinks and food


Updated on  November 9, 2016 at 9:25 pm
When former Star of Honolulu executive chef Adam Gilbert opened Plantation Tavern two years ago, his focus was squarely on the farm-to-table menu he envisionedwould showcase some of the best ingredients Hawaii producers had to offer. Read More

Encore Saloon features artisanal mezcal and tequila


Updated on  November 3, 2016 at 8:24 pm
After covering Honolulu’s bar and nightlife scene for more than a decade, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Chinatown. Read More

Lanikai landmark retains its charm and classic cocktails


Updated on  October 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm
I couldn’t have been the only person to get more than a little anxious at the news earlier this year that Buzz’s Original Steakhouse had plans to renovate the interior of its Lanikairestaurant. Read More

Uncle Bo’s popular cocktails now served in Haleiwa


Updated on  October 5, 2016 at 6:55 pm
It’s the calm before the storm in Haleiwa as local residents and area businesses enjoy a few more weeks of light crowds and smooth sailing along Kamehameha Highway before the start of the winter surf season. Read More

Celebration of Wine fit for novice or nerd


Updated on  September 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm
I used to have a hard time getting into wine because I’d approach it the same way I do whiskey — in order to fully evaluate something new to me, I’d have to purchase an entire bottle of the stuff. Read More

Dave & Buster’s drink menu offers twists on classics


Updated on  September 21, 2016 at 6:50 pm
After nearly 15 years as an anchor tenant at Ward Village, Dave & Buster’s is one of those places that’s become easy to overlook when deciding where to go for a few drinks. For many, the thinking is that unless you’re planning to watch a game (or play a few arcade games), there’s no reason to be there. Read More
 

Mall makeovers bring refreshment options


Updated on  September 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm
Recent updates to Ala Moana Center and the International Market Place mean there are now more places to shop — and grab a drink — in Honolulu. Read More

New book on beer pairs well with globe-trotting


Updated on  September 7, 2016 at 9:28 pm
The growing popularity of craft beer isn’t limited to the United States or Europe. According to Chris Santella, author of “Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die,” the rise of the internet and increased global tourism have allowed beer fans to keep up with trends in other parts of the world. Read More
 

Hawaii craft brewers capture flavors of summer with local fruit, other ingredients


Updated on  August 24, 2016 at 6:59 pm
As more novice drinkers discover craft beer, brewers are turning to trendy ingredients that appeal to a wider demographic. Flavors like pineapple, grapefruit, lilikoi and watermelon are finding their way into beers made all over the United States. Read More

Isles’ craft beer experts join forces


Updated on  August 10, 2016 at 5:38 pm
I always get a kick out of people who want to know what my favorite drink is. “Are you a beer guy or a spirits guy?” they’ll ask. “Or do you like wine better?” Read More

Annual contest offers whimsical takes on mai tai


Updated on  August 3, 2016 at 8:47 pm
Now in its eighth year, the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii island has evolved into a showcase of what talented mixologists can create when given time to elevate a classic cocktail recipe. Read More

Beer vs. Wine pairing dinners aim to challenge diners’ palates


Updated on  July 27, 2016 at 8:11 pm
There’s no entrance music, smoke machine or pyrotechnics, but Bill Carl and Adam La Cagnina provide enough good-natured, over-the-top trash talk during their Beer vs. Wine pairing dinners to draw comparisons to pro wrestling greats like Randy “Macho Man” Savage, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Read More

Increased availability of hard cider means more options for isle drinkers


Updated on  July 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm
It’s taken Hawaii a few years to catch up with the rest of the United States, but we finally have a decent variety of hard cider available in stores. Read More

Legacy Collection spirits relate to Halekulani hallmarks


Updated on  July 13, 2016 at 8:20 pm
The most memorable experiences in life always come with a great story. It’s not always about the activity being undertaken, but rather the circumstances or the people who were there that make it special. Read More

Sake teaser offers preview of this year’s Joy of Sake


Updated on  June 29, 2016 at 7:26 pm
An exclusive group of Hawaii sake aficionados were in attendance at the Honolulu Design Center last week for a preview of this year’s Joy of Sake, which takes place July 22 in Honolulu, followed by stops in New York in September and Tokyo in November. Read More

Classic furniture is the inspiration for cocktails


Updated on  June 15, 2016 at 6:40 pm
Everyone knows you can pair cocktails with food. Some have tried to mix drinks and fashion. But cocktails and furniture? Read More

Maui Brewing Co.’s efforts to diversify include Waikiki restaurant


Updated on  June 8, 2016 at 6:34 pm
It’s turning out to be quite an exciting year for Maui Brewing Co. CEO Garrett Marrero. As his company moves toward its 12th anniversary in January, Marrero has overseen a brewery expansion to produce about 45,000 barrels of craft beer in 2016 and continues to build upon a distribution deal he inked with California-based Stone Brewing to create Maui Stone Craft Beverages nearly two years ago. Read More

Maui craft brewery takes part in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp


Updated on  June 1, 2016 at 6:37 pm
Billed as the “largest craft beer celebration” in the United States, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Beer Camp Across America returns in 2016 with help from more than 30 top breweries, including one from Hawaii. Read More

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