Honolulu’s premier newspaper eagerly pounced upon the Growler USA franchise currently in development just a few blocks from Waikiki Beach.

Reporter Erika Engle interviewed Growler USA CEO Dan White and franchise owner Bill Muneno.

Because the Honolulu Star-Advertiser is subscription-only, we provide some excerpts here:

Hawaii soon will be home to one of the first Growler USA microbrew pubs — pubs that, perhaps shockingly, offer no long-necked bottles and serve no fried food.

The beers, served on draft from up to 100 taps, will all be regional and local microbrews. Growler USA also will serve hard ciders, mead, handcrafted sodas, cold-pressed coffee, Kona coffee and kombucha tea, to name most of the craft beverages to be offered.

“We use the most sophisticated beverage delivery system that’s been created to date,” [White] said.

Wine will be offered by the glass not from a bottle, but via tap. “It’s a tremendous way for people who enjoy wine to get the full flavor,” [White] said. The company also has done research with its vintners to determine the best pressure to use for delivering each wine…

“I think of the franchise organization as a bit of an ohana,” White said. “I know that having done this before, the system is going to run a lot smoother if everyone who wears the uniform follows the playbook and adds to it.”

Growler USA Microbrew Pub Aims to Tap Into Local Tastes
Honolulu Star-Advertiser – Oct. 12, 2015 (subscription required)