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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haleiwa Beach House offers signature cocktails with beautiful views

Haleiwa Beach House’s second-floor bar and lounge area offers unobstructed views of Waialua Bay and Loko Ea fishpond. Read More

Line of rum makes debut in isles

One of the things I love about the distilled-spirits scene is how easy it is to fall down the rabbit hole, so to speak, chasing after your new favorite liquor. Read More

Enjoy cocktails and company at Tommy Bahama Waikiki’s open-air bar

It’s difficult to convince Oahu residents that Waikiki is a viable option for cocktails. But it’s also possible to find a bar in the area that consistently provides positive experiences. Read More

Kapena Tequila blends cultures with addition of salty-sweet dried plums

Kapena Tequila, which went on sale in February, is a surprisingly satisfying sipping tequila that was recently awarded a bronze medal at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Read More

Tastings and bar offerings open up the world of whisky

Enter the world of whisky tasting with the Barfly’s guide to Scotch in Honolulu. Read More

Eye-catching drink remains popular

The creator of the Blue Hawaii talks about the tropical cocktail and its influence on millions of visitors to Waikiki. Read More

Glassware craftsman demonstrates how different vessels affect taste

Tenth-generation stemware producer Georg Riedel returned to Honolulu in March for a wine-tasting seminar featuring Riedel Veritas glasses. Read More

The Mai Tai Bar serves up multiple varieties of its namesake cocktail

Here in Hawaii, the mai tai is undoubtedly at the top of many locals’ lists of quintessential tourist drinks that they’ll never bother to order. Read More

Limited-production brews await enthusiasts at Lanikai Brewing Co.

Lanikai Brewing Co. celebrates its first anniversary with a new bottled beer and an “ohana brew” event at its Kailua facility. Read More

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