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                                A sample of the growlers.

Growler USA Honolulu uses tech to attract beer lovers

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                                A sample of the growlers.

Updated on  January 15, 2017 at 4:12 pm
One of my favorite phone apps is TapHunter, which keeps me updated with the draft options at some of Honolulu’s top craft beer bars. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Guests at the second annual Honolulu Brewers Festival Hawaii enjoyed more than 100 different craft beers from Hawaii and around the world.

Drink scene looks to local ingredients, craft beer

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016
                                Guests at the second annual Honolulu Brewers Festival Hawaii enjoyed more than 100 different craft beers from Hawaii and around the world.
Continued emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and a growing interest in everything craft will dominate in 2017, according to an informal survey of local liquor industry professionals. Read More
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                                Sunlight streams into the inside bar and lounge during happy hour at Sky Waikiki.

Waikiki bars high above fray make fine New Year’s destinations

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                                Sunlight streams into the inside bar and lounge during happy hour at Sky Waikiki.

Updated on  December 29, 2016 at 10:25 am
Top of Waikiki and Sky Waikiki offer two New Year’s Eve options high above Kalakaua Avenue this weekend. Read More
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                                Bar Leather Apron co-owner Justin Park poses for a portrait with drink marker coins in $20 and $100 denominations.

Last minute holiday ‘cheers!’ still available

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                                Bar Leather Apron co-owner Justin Park poses for a portrait with drink marker coins in $20 and $100 denominations.

Updated on  December 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm
Liquor is a great gift idea for those of legal drinking age — and there are plenty of last-minute goodies available, even on Christmas Eve. Read More
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                                Bartender Cullen Tsukimura crafts an Island Bouquet cocktail at 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar in the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki.

Signature drinks at 100 Sails highlight local flavors

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                                Bartender Cullen Tsukimura crafts an Island Bouquet cocktail at 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar in the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki.

Updated on  December 18, 2016 at 12:06 am
As the Hawaii Prince Hotel continues its $55 million remodel — due to be finished next spring — one of the property’s primary dining destinations has already reopened with a newname and upgraded look. Read More
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                                Longtime favorites like the Key Lime Pie Mortini, left, and classic Aviation cocktail remain on the menu at Morton’s The Steakhouse at Ala Moana Center after recent renovations to the restaurant.

Morton’s renovates look, retains signature cocktails

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                                Longtime favorites like the Key Lime Pie Mortini, left, and classic Aviation cocktail remain on the menu at Morton’s The Steakhouse at Ala Moana Center after recent renovations to the restaurant.

Updated on  December 11, 2016 at 3:04 pm
Morton’s The Steakhouse has updated its look at Ala Moana Center, yet the signature cocktails are as delicious as ever. Read More
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                REAL a gastropub owner Troy Terorotua behind the bar during a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. tap takeover at the Kakaako bar on Nov. 15.

Sierra Nevada partners with Honolulu bars for tap takeover

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                                REAL a gastropub owner Troy Terorotua behind the bar during a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. tap takeover at the Kakaako bar on Nov. 15.

Updated on  December 1, 2016 at 7:11 pm
Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. partnered with REAL a gastropub and Brew’d Craft Pub to pour 47 different beers among 54 taps at the two bars Nov. 15. Read More
 
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                                The participants in the second annual Whiskey & Women showcase at Bevy, from left: Allie Bellows (Turtle Bay Resort), Allie Haines (Lucky Belly), Sarah Stevens (Encore Saloon), Jen Ackrill (Sky Waikiki/Top of Waikiki), Yooey Kim (Piggy Smalls), Gabrielle Maser (Pacific Club) and Priscilla Young (Smith & Kings). Not pictured: Jerah Mikami (Pint + Jigger).

Female bartenders show off mixology skills

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                                The participants in the second annual Whiskey & Women showcase at Bevy, from left: Allie Bellows (Turtle Bay Resort), Allie Haines (Lucky Belly), Sarah Stevens (Encore Saloon), Jen Ackrill (Sky Waikiki/Top of Waikiki), Yooey Kim (Piggy Smalls), Gabrielle Maser (Pacific Club) and Priscilla Young (Smith & Kings). Not pictured: Jerah Mikami (Pint + Jigger).

Updated on  November 18, 2016 at 3:29 pm
Eight bartenders took part in the second annual Women & Whiskey cocktail showcase at Bevy Bar in Kakaako last week. Read More
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                                People gathered around the Plantation Tavern’s bar in the Kapolei Marketplace on Nov. 3 for an NFL game.

Isle ingredients flavor Plantation Tavern’s drinks and food

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                                People gathered around the Plantation Tavern’s bar in the Kapolei Marketplace on Nov. 3 for an NFL game.

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
 
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                As owner of Encore Saloon, Danny Kaaialii’s bar program highlights the agave-based mezcal, a spirit served and presented in traditional handmade clay vessels. Kaaialii is pictured at the bar in Chinatown.

Encore Saloon features artisanal mezcal and tequila

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                                As owner of Encore Saloon, Danny Kaaialii’s bar program highlights the agave-based mezcal, a spirit served and presented in traditional handmade clay vessels. Kaaialii is pictured at the bar in Chinatown.

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
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                                Whitney Schneider pours a cocktail at Buzz’s Original Steakhouse in Lanikai, across from Kailua Beach.
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Lanikai landmark retains its charm and classic cocktails

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                                Whitney Schneider pours a cocktail at Buzz’s Original Steakhouse in Lanikai, across from Kailua Beach.
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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
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                                Bartender Tiffany Doane crafts a Kamaaina Mary, left, and an Ehukai Sandbar at the bar at Uncle Bo’s Haleiwa Pupu Bar and Grill in Haleiwa.

Uncle Bo’s popular cocktails now served in Haleiwa

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Bartender Tiffany Doane crafts a Kamaaina Mary, left, and an Ehukai Sandbar at the bar at Uncle Bo’s Haleiwa Pupu Bar and Grill 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
COURTESY TREASURY WINE ESTATES
                                Some of the vineyards represented by Treasury Wine Estates. Select wines will be served this weekend at The Kahala Hotel & Resort during A Celebration of Wine.

Celebration of Wine fit for novice or nerd

COURTESY TREASURY WINE ESTATES
                                Some of the vineyards represented by Treasury Wine Estates. Select wines will be served this weekend at The Kahala Hotel & Resort during A Celebration of Wine.

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
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                                Dave & Buster’s bartender Kelly Simeneta pours a watermelon snow cone cocktail. The drink menu at Dave & Buster’s offers extensive choices with interesting twists on the classics.

Dave & Buster’s drink menu offers twists on classics

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                                Dave & Buster’s bartender Kelly Simeneta pours a watermelon snow cone cocktail. The drink menu at Dave & Buster’s offers extensive choices with interesting twists on the 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
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                                Honolulu residents Sajni Ho, left, and Holly Crise enjoyed a charcuterie plate and glasses of sparkling wine Sunday at The Bar by R. Field inside the new Foodland Farms at Ala Moana Center.

Mall makeovers bring refreshment options

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                                Honolulu residents Sajni Ho, left, and Holly Crise enjoyed a charcuterie plate and glasses of sparkling wine Sunday at The Bar by R. Field inside the new Foodland Farms at Ala Moana Center.

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
PHOTOS COURTESY ABRAMS BOOKS
                                Portland, Ore., resident Chris Santella is the author of “Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die.”

New book on beer pairs well with globe-trotting

PHOTOS COURTESY ABRAMS BOOKS
                                Portland, Ore., resident Chris Santella is the author of “Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die.”

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
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                                Honolulu Beerworks employee Tash Thanarat pours a glass of Dango Yo Mango at the Kakaako brewpub.

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

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                                Honolulu Beerworks employee Tash Thanarat pours a glass of Dango Yo Mango at the Kakaako brewpub.

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
BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Palate Craft & Eatery beverage director Nick Carter shakes up a Belle Cocktail made with El Tesoro Reposado tequila, Vida mezcal, honey, lemon, roasted bell pepper and cilantro.

Isles’ craft beer experts join forces

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM 
                                Palate Craft & Eatery beverage director Nick Carter shakes up a Belle Cocktail made with El Tesoro Reposado tequila, Vida mezcal, honey, lemon, roasted bell pepper and cilantro.

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
COURTESY DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL
                                Bar Leather Apron owner Justin Park served his entry in the 2015 World’s Best Mai Tai competition during the annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival. Park won the competition — and its $10,000 first-place cash prize — for the second time last year. He’ll judge the contest this year.

Annual contest offers whimsical takes on mai tai

COURTESY DON THE BEACHCOMBER MAI TAI FESTIVAL
                                Bar Leather Apron owner Justin Park served his entry in the 2015 World’s Best Mai Tai competition during the annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival. Park won the competition — and its $10,000 first-place cash prize — for the second time last year. He’ll judge the contest this year.

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
JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Sommelier Adam La Cagnina, right, explains a wine pairing to guests as Bill Carl, left, noses a beer. La Cagnina and Carl, both of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, host pairing dinners that pit different lineups of wine against beer in an entertaining way to learn about the selected pairings as well as an opportunity to try new things.

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

JAMM AQUINO / JAQUINO@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Sommelier Adam La Cagnina, right, explains a wine pairing to guests as Bill Carl, left, noses a beer. La Cagnina and Carl, both of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, host pairing dinners that pit different lineups of wine against beer in an entertaining way to learn about the selected pairings as well as an opportunity to try new things.

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

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