My digital, high-definition television does a lot more than broadcast daily headlines. It brings me the name of the caller on the other end of the telephone every time it rings, as long as the set is on at the time.
Thirsty? Grab a beer!Just a few years ago it used to be that simple, but now drinkers want more: flavor, new styles, food pairings, and perhaps a beer’s golden ticket: a local origin.All of these things have become important to serious beer drinkers as the craft beer movement continues to gain momentum.
Fresh, local, island-brewed beers came to Hawaii’s Big Island in 1995 when Kona Brewing Company introduced Pacific Golden Ale (now Big Wave Golden Ale) and Fire Rock Pale Ale.But these two — and the 12 to 16 other styles of beer that the brewery produces — aren’t just beers.
Savvy pub operators nationwide have discovered a simple formula that boosts the bottom line: Serve better food and sell more beer, wine and whiskey.These days, made-from-scratch dishes are commonplace in pubs, and the bar has decidedly been raised when it comes to the talent in the back of the house.
Restaurants across the nation have started making the switch from paper wine lists to digital tablets or iPads. Despite upfront costs, the pioneers have seen beverage sales increased up to 20 percent. The market has since become saturated with companies providing affordable solutions.