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Beer Society Clam Bake at 12th Avenue Grill

Beer lovers gather at 12th Avenue Grill for a bottle share dinner that featured 20 amazing beers

Posted December 3, 2013 by Ed Morita

Beer Society Being a beerophile on an island in the middle of the Pacific means that unless you’re willing travel or patronize the gray market, you are limited to whatever local distributors choose to bring into the state.

A lot of great beers do make it into the Hawaii market, but this is only a small fraction of what’s available from the many breweries throughout the nation and the world. This is the niche that the Beer Society at 12th Avenue Grill fills with its monthly bottle share dinners.

Beer lovers often horde beers in their private collections, which usually consist of limited edition runs or beers from breweries that don’t make it to Hawaii.

I’ve been to more than my fair share of beer dinners, and the Beer Society collectively featured some of the best beers that I’ve tasted at any local event. Here’s a look at the amazing beers attendees shared at this month’s Beer Society dinner.

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Making good use of the party room at the new 12th Avenue Grill location.

Photo by Ed Morita


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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