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Interview: Anthony Messina – Beverage Director at Real a Gastropub

Anthony Messina Real a Gastropub

Where are you originally from and how did you end up in Hawaii?
I’m originally from Long Island, NY and came out to Hawai’i in 2005 to attend the University of Hawai’i Manoa. I also have a great respect and passion for the ocean and surfing, so it was a win-win situation.

How did you first get into craft beer?
Do you remember the first craft beer that got you hooked? I actually met Troy about 5 years ago while bartending and would always overhear him talking to people at the bar about beer. He had a great passion and I often would turn to him when people would ask about beer. That was when I drank Deschutes Green Lakes, and the rest is history.

What is your role at Real?
I’ve been at Real since opening day, but was given the opportunity to be the Beverage Director back in August of 2013. I deal a lot with sales reps most days building orders and staying on track with release dates of new beers. Aside from that there’s a lot of time going into events (beer tasting, beer dinners, Tap ev

Source: Beer in Hawaii

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