Sam Halhuli

Huhu's Ginger Brew

Sam Halhuli was raised in the Pacific Northwest, attending high school in Seattle and graduating Magna Cum Laude from Western Washington University. At 25, directionless and crying on the phone with his mother, he was asked what he wanted to do with his life and blurted out, “I want to own a bar!”

Over the next 11 years Sam eked out employment as a bartender, and through necessity and later passion fell into craft and classic cocktails. But while his love for cocktails bloomed, dive bars always felt more like home. He found professional success, fostering superlatives for the bars where he worked and earningCascadia Weekly’s “Best Bartender” in 2010.

After a move to New Orleans in 2012, Sam started Huhu’s Ginger Brew, a small-scale fresh ginger beer company that became a local favorite at well-known bars like The Avenue Pub, Twelve Mile Limit, and Markey’s Bar. Sam sold Huhu’s and returned to the Northwest in 2016 to open The Mule Tavern, which brought together his personal experiences and passions: a dive bar decorated with thrift store bric-a-brac, serving a range of Mule Variations and simple but well executed cocktails. In its first year the bar has been named Best Hidden Gem (Volcano), Best Washington Dive Bar (Mentalfloss), and one of “20 Essential Tacoma bars” (Eater Seattle).