Oahu Microbrews: Brew Moon

Posted in Food & Dining on October 30th, 2008

I’m always on the lookout for a great local beer. There are precious few Hawaiian brews in the islands, so I was stoked to find local hangout Brew Moon at the Ward Shopping Centre.

I tried the Lunar Sampler—all six varieties in 4 ounce portions. I’m not usually into “girlie” beers (although admittedly I am a girl), but the very frou-frou Moonberry Wheat was my favorite, so I chased down the sampler with a pint of that. The husband liked the hoppier North Star Lager.

I’ll be honest: it wasn’t the best microbrew I’ve ever had. But it was perfectly fine, especially because it’s fresh and local. I also absolutely loved the pupus and atmosphere. I highly recommend the patio, where tiki torches blaze and you have a great view of the mountains.

And DO NOT LEAVE Brew Moon without trying some of the food. The Moon’s Beer Crackers haunt my dreams. It’s a simple and amazing beer companion: gorgonzola on flatbread with garlic. Just trust me. Oh, and did I mention that they’re discounted from 3 to 6? Yeah, I’ll be there tomorrow, pau hana!

Check out the Brew Moon website for hours and information: www.brewmoon.com


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Oahu Microbrews: Brew Moon

Posted in Food & Dining on October 30th, 2008

I’m always on the lookout for a great local beer. There are precious few Hawaiian brews in the islands, so I was stoked to find local hangout Brew Moon at the Ward Shopping Centre.

I tried the Lunar Sampler—all six varieties in 4 ounce portions. I’m not usually into “girlie” beers (although admittedly I am a girl), but the very frou-frou Moonberry Wheat was my favorite, so I chased down the sampler with a pint of that. The husband liked the hoppier North Star Lager.

I’ll be honest: it wasn’t the best microbrew I’ve ever had. But it was perfectly fine, especially because it’s fresh and local. I also absolutely loved the pupus and atmosphere. I highly recommend the patio, where tiki torches blaze and you have a great view of the mountains.

And DO NOT LEAVE Brew Moon without trying some of the food. The Moon’s Beer Crackers haunt my dreams. It’s a simple and amazing beer companion: gorgonzola on flatbread with garlic. Just trust me. Oh, and did I mention that they’re discounted from 3 to 6? Yeah, I’ll be there tomorrow, pau hana!

Check out the Brew Moon website for hours and information: www.brewmoon.com


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Coffee Gallery: A Chill Coffee Spot on Oahu’s North Shore

Posted in Food & Dining on October 26th, 2008

Coffee Gallery in Haleiwa has that funky, independent vibe chains like Starbucks try to mass-produce: the coffee and specialty drink menus are written on chalkboards overhead. Cute, young baristas have the looks of off-season surfers with the piercings to prove it. There’s a case full of delicious homemade sweets, including vegan stuff. I’m not a vegan, but damnit, hippies make some awesome food.

I always take my out of town visitors here for a coffee and a snack after we’ve done some snorkeling. The coffees are all roasted in-house and you can’t beat the cold drinks. My favorite is the mocha freeze, which is not your average overly-sweetened frappuccino—this baby has some bite. My husband goes mental over all the chocolatey baked goods, like dipped macaroons.

Coffee Gallery’s screened in porch is a perfect place to cool off, relax, and talk for a while. You’ll get some great people watching, too. There are usually the old with their books and the young with laptops (because they’ve got FREE wi-fi), the average joe and the wonderfully eccentric, locals and visitors.

Coffee Gallery is off Kam Highway in the North Shore Marketplace. Map
Visit: www.roastmaster.com


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Coffee Gallery: A Chill Coffee Spot on Oahu’s North Shore

Posted in Food & Dining on October 26th, 2008

Coffee Gallery in Haleiwa has that funky, independent vibe chains like Starbucks try to mass-produce: the coffee and specialty drink menus are written on chalkboards overhead. Cute, young baristas have the looks of off-season surfers with the piercings to prove it. There’s a case full of delicious homemade sweets, including vegan stuff. I’m not a vegan, but damnit, hippies make some awesome food.

I always take my out of town visitors here for a coffee and a snack after we’ve done some snorkeling. The coffees are all roasted in-house and you can’t beat the cold drinks. My favorite is the mocha freeze, which is not your average overly-sweetened frappuccino—this baby has some bite. My husband goes mental over all the chocolatey baked goods, like dipped macaroons.

Coffee Gallery’s screened in porch is a perfect place to cool off, relax, and talk for a while. You’ll get some great people watching, too. There are usually the old with their books and the young with laptops (because they’ve got FREE wi-fi), the average joe and the wonderfully eccentric, locals and visitors.

Coffee Gallery is off Kam Highway in the North Shore Marketplace. Map
Visit: www.roastmaster.com


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Coffee Gallery: A Chill Coffee Spot on Oahu’s North Shore

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26th, 2008

Coffee Gallery in Haleiwa has that funky, independent vibe chains like Starbucks try to mass-produce: the coffee and specialty drink menus are written on chalkboards overhead. Cute, young baristas have the looks of off-season surfers with the piercings to prove it. There’s a case full of delicious homemade sweets, including vegan stuff. I’m not a vegan, but damnit, hippies make some awesome food.

I always take my out of town visitors here for a coffee and a snack after we’ve done some snorkeling. The coffees are all roasted in-house and you can’t beat the cold drinks. My favorite is the mocha freeze, which is not your average overly-sweetened frappuccino—this baby has some bite. My husband goes mental over all the chocolatey baked goods, like dipped macaroons.

Coffee Gallery’s screened in porch is a perfect place to cool off, relax, and talk for a while. You’ll get some great people watching, too. There are usually the old with their books and the young with laptops (because they’ve got FREE wi-fi), the average joe and the wonderfully eccentric, locals and visitors.

Coffee Gallery is off Kam Highway in the North Shore Marketplace. Map
Visit: www.roastmaster.com


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