Saturday, October 6th from 3:30pm-6:30pm Maui Brewing Company Waikiki will be hosting Oktoberfest 2018. The term Oktoberfest is a nod to the famous 16-day celebration of food and beer indulgence held annually in Munich Germany.
The House of Suntory introduces Haku Vodka exclusively in the U.S. in October 2018. This premium craft vodka is made from 100% Japanese white rice which is used to make a rice spirit that is distilled and ultimately filtered through bamboo charcoal, a process unique to Suntory that preserves and enhances the rice's delicately sweet and subtle flavors. Suggested retail price: $27.99.
The Roku Rickey Cocktail photo credit: Beam Suntory
The House of Suntory introduces Roku Gin in the U.S. in October 2018. Roku, which translates as “six” in Japanese, is made with six traditional Japanese botanicals - Sakura flower, Sakura leaf, Yuzu peel, Sencha tea, Gyokuro tea and Sansho pepper - along with eight traditional gin botanicals that are infused, distilled and blended by the Japanese artisans of Suntory Spirits. Suggested retail price: $27.99.
Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new marketing partnership agreement with Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum, in which the distilled spirits brand will serve as the organization’s first-ever
May on Maui included “Kapalua’s Best Banks Cocktail Competition” in which participating restaurants and resorts created and featured a crafted cocktail using either the Banks 5 Island Rum or Banks 7 Island Rum.
Kihei, Hawaii - For a limited time beginning June 8, 2018, Maui Brewing Company will be releasing Fancy Footwork Lager in cans with the help from like-minded and independent brewery Austin Beerworks. Sharing passion for the art, and with the intense desire for quality, the two collaborated to create this hoppy session Lager featuring Chinook, Loral, and Citra Cryo hops, as well as Azacca hops which were donated by Roy Farms.
May 15, 2018 -- Honolulu Casa Herradura, Brown Forman and Young's Market Company of Hawaii debut Herradura ULTRA at Sky Waikiki. This cristalino tequila is composed of Herradura’s añejo blended with Seleccion Suprema Extra Añejo Tequila and aged in bourbon barrels. A touch of agave is added, and to finish, it is charcoal filtered in a style similar to that used in clear rum production.
Local Boy Tim Rita Jr, Beverage Development Specialist for the E&J Gallo Spirits Business Unit, returned home for a week to catch up with friends and teach the Hawaii Market about Gallo’s expanding portfolio distributed by Johnson Brothers.
IICHIKO BLU ANNOUNCES 2018 BARTENDER COMPETITION WINNERS Eight of Hawaii’s best bartenders created incredible cocktails at the 2018 iichiko BLU (https://www.iichiko.co.jp/en/) Bartender Competition, Jan. 31, at Sky Waikiki. Andrew Woodley, of The Myna Bird Tiki Bar, took first place with his original creation, “Gift of the Islands,” showcasing the award-winning shochu spirit. Woodley won an all-expense-paid trip to visit the iichiko distillery in Oita Prefecture, Japan and $1,500 in cash.