Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Returns to Honolulu

When I first started getting into craft beer in Hawaii, one of my favorite places to go was Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Company at their original location in Kaneohe. The beer styles were what I was used to growing up, so I always made an excuse to drop by for some tasters and a growler….

Hana Koa Brewing Co. – Oahu’s Newest Brewery!

Hana Koa Brewing Co. opened its doors this weekend to a series of private events for friends, family, industry, and others who shared in Josh Kopp and Chrissie Pinney’s adventure into building a community brewery. The grand opening will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, and will be open six days a week 11am…

Brew Oahu Homebrew Competition & Brew Camp 2019

Best of Show  HIP Fermenters threw their third annual Brew Oahu Homebrew Competition and the newly dubbed Brew Camp in time for Learn to Homebrew Day. The judging was AHA/BJCP sanctioned again this year, with judges coming from around the islands. October 24 and 25 we all met at Homebrew in Paradise in Kalihi to…

There and Back Again: Our New Zealand Road Trip

Hobbiton in Matamata It’s impossible to write about everything we saw and did. For anyone interested enough to be reading my blog, I thought I’d do an abbreviated rundown of all the beer related stops. We went to New Zealand for a little over two weeks in September. We tried to see as much as…

Hawaii Craft Beer Awards 2019

Medals The first ever Hawaii Craft Beer Awards were held this weekend. It was a two-day celebration of 100% locally made craft beer. I was thankful to be invited. Steve Haumschild of Lanikai Brewing Company came up with the idea and hosted the event at Tap & Barrel in Kailua. The event benefited the Hawaiian…

New Breweries and Beers Land in the Aloha State

Odom Corporation Launches New Beer Portfolio in Hawaii   For over 80 years, the Odom Corporation has been a beverage distributor and wholesaler for Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Hawaii. In the Aloha State, they are expanding their beer portfolio and bringing breweries never before offered. Officially hitting store shelves and bar taps on August…

Hilo Brewfest & Homebrew Competition 2019

View from the Festival The seventh annual Hilo Brewfest was held on June 29th, 2019 at the Wainaku Center along the coast. The festival started as the Hilo Rotary Club’s fundraiser, 100% of ticket sales still go to local charities each year. Beer and food are donated to the event. A VIP hour offered additional…

TWO New Breweries Open on O’ahu! Bent Tail Brewing and Olomana Brewing

With permitting and approvals in Hawaii working slowly, I feel like there’s more new breweries announced than ones that actually open. This month, not one but two, breweries finally started pouring their beer after months or years of planning. First is the Honolulu staple REAL gastropub’s on-site microbrewery, Bent Tail Brewing Company. REAL reopened in…

Kona Brewers Fest 2019 – A Weekend of Beer

Tasting Mug & Sustainable Spork I had an epic weekend of drinking beer from 8am on Thursday until I left for the airport at 7pm on Saturday. There were just too many new things to try! I volunteered to be a judge at the 24th Annual Kona BrewersFest‘s Rocket Rod Homebrew Competition a few weeks…

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…