Quick Bites: Square Barrels, Alan Wong’s
BY MICHELLE RAMOS / firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s a lot of news about beer this week, so let’s get to it.
Year of the beer: Gordon Biersch, at Aloha Tower Marketplace, continues its yearlong celebration of beer with a Maibock Tapping Party, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Call 599-4877 to reserve a spot.
More on tap: Yard House brought in 17 new beers last week, including locals Maui Pau Hana Pilsner, Mehana Tsunami IPA and the Kona 808 series, which contributes proceeds toward sustainable coastlines. U.S. beers from the Mission and Breakside breweries and Belgium Tripel, a Belgian ale with triple the hops, are also in the mix. Try them at the Waikiki joint, 226 Lewers St. Reserve at 923-9273.
Beer and burgers: Square Barrels has its grand opening on Saturday, with 25 percent off orders all day. The eatery will also stay open a couple of hours later than its normal 8 p.m. closing time for the opening night.
Square Barrels opened last month at 1001 Bishop St., where Che Pasta used to reside. According to its Facebook site, it provides “meat, cheese, and booze.” The meat comes in the form of burgers such as its venison burger; cheese can be found on pastas, salads and other dishes; and booze comes in the form of … practically anything from an extensive beer list to a few wines and cocktails. The eatery is closed Sundays but opens at 11 a.m. the rest of the week. Validated parking is available at Bishop Square for $2. For information, call 524-2747.
New name for brewersfest: The Honolulu Brewers Festival, formerly REAL Beer Festival, is coming up on April 18. Although the name has changed, the fun is still the same.
Participants will have a chance to choose from 87 craft beers and food from 20 eateries including Honolulu Burger Co, J.J. Dolan’s, Murphy’s Bar & Grill, Off the Wall, Ola, Roy’s Side Street Inn, Square Barrels, Sweet Lady Farms and Wing Stop. There will be music by the Piranha Brothers from 2 to 3:15 p.m., Jive Nene from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and Elephant from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
Tickets, $70, are available at REAL a gastropub at the Ward Farmer’s Market, 1020 Auahi St.; and BREW’d craft pub, in Kaimuki at 3441 Waialae Ave. Or go online at www.honolulubrewersfestival.eventbrite.com. Designated-driver tickets are available for $20.
Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on. The fun runs from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Kakaako Makai Gateway Park. Must be 21 or older with a valid ID.
Alan Wong’s turns 20: In celebration of the restaurant’s 20th anniversary, Alan Wong’s is offering “fan-favorite” dishes.
Through Saturday, enjoy hoisin baby back ribs, roast duck “nachos,” Hawaii Island Goat Dairy Chevre “Stack,” paella-style seafood rice or Five Spoons of Brulee.
From Sunday through Tuesday, dine on the eatery’s sashimi salad, ahi cake, curried chicken lumpia, surf and turf, or ginger ale “float.” Alan Wong’s is at 1857 S. King St. Reserve at 949-2526.
Three times the charm: Brue Bar is adding a third location for people to grab a pick-me-up. Find its coffee, teas and pastries in The Wedding Cafe at Ward Warehouse, between Novel-T World and Sunglass Hut. The speciality shop’s brew can also be found at 119 Merchant St. and inside Paiko at 675 Auahi St.
60-cent burgers: McDonald’s is celebrating is 60th anniversary with 60-cent hamburgers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. There will also be birthday cake and giveaways.
Budget friendly: KFC is adding rice bowls to its menu for a limited time. From Monday through May 25, try Zesty Tex Mex or the Sweet n’ Spicy BBQ meals at participating restaurants. The $6 price includes a 22-oz. drink and a cookie. Call the KFC near you for updates.
Wine tasting: Vino’s next tasting highlights California pinot noirs. Gather at 6 p.m. Thursday for tastings of 2007 Cobb Pinot Noir from the Rice Spivak Vineyard, 2007 Roessler Pinot Noir from the Alder Springs Vineyard, 2007 Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir from the Ampelos Vineyard and the 2007 Scherrer “Big Brother” Pinot Noir from Scherrer Winery. Cost is $39. Reserve by calling 533-4476 or emailing Cheryle at email@example.com.
Attention, all Audrey Hepburn fans: A Cup of Tea in Kailua and the Nordstrom staff host “An Audrey Hepburn Evening,” 6 p.m. April 18 at 407 Uluniu St. in Kailua. Enjoy the restaurant’s Lady Tiffany buffet, which includes soup, salad, tea sandwiches, scone of the day and dessert with a pot of freshly steeped tea. There will also be makeup artists and other entertainment. The BYOB event costs $30.95 and there is no corkage fee. Reserve at 230-8832.
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