CRAFT: Hawaii’s Only 100% Local Beer Festival

Just a few short years ago on Oahu there was only a sporadic festival, and even then they featured a lot of mainland offerings as the state simply didn’t support that many breweries. Flash forward to this month and the (hopefully) first annual CRAFT Beer Festival. Essentially a celebration of Hawaii-brewed beer and local adjunct…

Maui Brewing Co. Restaurant Opens in Kailua!

Mural by Kamea Hadar Maui Brewing Co. opened their fourth location in the state this weekend at the Lau Hala Shops in Kailua Town on Oahu. The area was formerly Macy’s and has since been developed into commercial spaces and a new parking garage and neighboring lot. The opening of the MBC Kailua Restaurant is…

A Look Back on 2018 and BJCP Exam Results

Keg Tree at BeerLab University With the announcement of BJCP classes being offered for free on O’ahu in early 2018, I didn’t know it would set my focus for the year. In the fall of 2017, I volunteered to be a steward for the first Oahu homebrew competition, which offered a window on the world…

Brew Oahu Homebrew Competition & Learn to Homebrew Day 2018

 The first weekend in November saw the culmination of months of planning by members of the HIP Fermenters Homebrew Club that meets at Homebrew in Paradise in Kalihi. The second annual competition and festival was held at the store with entries from Oahu, neighbor islands, and the mainland. This year’s competition was the first to…

Aloha Beer Company’s Lager Love

Last weekend, Aloha Beer Company held a tap takeover event at Grace in Growlers where they previewed a few new selections coming soon.  Dave Campbell has always been one to enjoy drinking traditional styles and he strives to make the best examples of each.  For anyone who’s visited their brewery, the love of the craft…

Paradise Ciders: New Taproom Opens in Kalihi

Paradise Ciders is a prime example of what you can do with a dream, opportunity, and a lot of hard work. The cidery is the first in the state of Hawaii. Located in Kalihi, it’s certainly off the beaten path, but well worth the trip for any fan of locally brewed alcoholic fruit cider. Paradise…

Hawaii Beer Fest 2018 and BJCP Exam Class 2

It’s been a busy week for beer! The 2018 Homebrew Competition committee is busy planning and we’re looking forward to a fun event this November. On Thursday, June 14th, the second BJCP Exam preparation class was held at Homebrew in Paradise in Kalihi. The group turnout was smaller, but was met with more discussion and…

BeerAdvocate: “How to Drink Your Way Around Honolulu”

I’m excited to announce that I wrote a city profile for BeerAdvocate Magazine, titled “How to Drink Your Way Around Honolulu!” Look for it in Spring 2018 issue #132, on newsstands and shipping to subscribers now! The hardest part was limiting the featured locations due to space or not fitting on the map area; it’s…

BJCP Exam Classes – Free Beer Judging Seminars

For anyone that’s been stopping by the blog the last few months, there hasn’t been much activity here. Chock it up to being busy; sometimes I just feel like there aren’t huge happenings to talk about. New brewery openings are few and far between (but there are some exciting ones coming soon). In this exciting…

The Hawaiian Craft Brewers Guild & Tap Takeover Event!

 For any fan of locally produced beer, it’s important to know how difficult an industry it is. Craft brewers are constantly competing with large entrenched macro breweries, many of which own controlling shares in distributors, which makes it hard or impossible to find shelf space at retail or access to quality ingredients.  To combat the…