At Hawaii’s Grace in Growlers, You Pour the Beer with Purpose

From our Love Handles department for beer bars we love: In Kailua, Hawaii, the Aloha State’s first self-pour bar doubles as a community nonprofit.

Alexander Gates Dec 26, 2021 - 2 min read

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What it is: Grace in Growlers follows through on its mantra: “craft beer with a purpose.” All proceeds go to community initiatives, such as free laundry services for the homeless. The self-pour, pay-by-the-ounce beer wall features 15 taps—an ever-rotating selection of mostly local beer plus kombucha and cold-brew coffee. Eclectic furnishings bring a Grandma’s- house style with plenty of comfy seating for any taste.

Why it’s great: Founded by couple Holly and Tim Veling as a way to raise money for their favorite causes, the bar has become a neighborhood living room for this corner of Oahu, northeast of Honolulu. The recent addition of restaurant startup Empty Elle Bagels adds hand-rolled, honey-boiled brunch favorites for dine-in or to-go. The family-friendly atmosphere includes board games and a 36-ounce per-person limit on beer that encourages strategic thinking. (“So choose wisely,” they say.) A selection of bottles and cans is available in a restored antique chiller. Within walking distance of breweries and popular restaurants, it’s well worth the visit on Windward Oahu.

Hours: 4–9 p.m., Wednesday–Friday; 2–9 p.m., Saturday; 12–6 p.m., Sunday
Address: 143 Hekili St., Kailua, Hawaii