April 1st, 2016
The lineup is set for Honolulu’s next big beer event — the second annual Honolulu Brewers Festival.
Approximately 2,500 people are expected to attend what is guaranteed to be a sold-out event, with proceeds benefitting the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation.
“It’s been pretty solid growth,” festival co-producer and REAL a gastropub owner Troy Terorotua told me last month while I worked on a “Barfly” column about beer festivals in Hawaii. “We want people to come out, enjoy themselves, bring a group of people and have a good time.
“You’re going to have the younger millennials who are into it for the alcohol. Then you have the people in their 20s and 30s who are beyond the party days, but they want to hang out and have a few beers with friends.
“(And) everyone wants to meet the brewer. They’re the ones people want to talk story with.”
All that alcohol means there needs to be plenty of food, and the Honolulu Brewers Festival will deliver once again with about 20,000 portions of food from 20 local restaurants. New additions for 2016 include Whole Foods and MW Restaurant, Terorotua said.
Nearly a dozen Hawaii-based breweries are scheduled to participate this year, according to the full lineup of beers Terorotua released last night. Newly opened Moiliili brewpub BeerLab Hawaii has yet to decide what they’ll pour, but here’s a rundown of what all the other local producers taking part in the event expect to serve from 2 to 6:30 p.m. April 23 at Kakaako Makai Gateway Park.
» Big Island Brewhaus: Monk’s Brunch, Graham’s Pilsner
» Hawaii Nui Brewing Company: Kaua’i Golden Ale, Southern Cross
» Honolulu BeerWorks: HI-PA (Hop Island IPA), Kewalos Cream Ale
» Home Of The Brave Brewseum: Pilot Pale Ale, 442 Go For Broke
» Kona Brewing Company: I‘iwi India Session Ale, Konambisco Amber
» Lanikai Brewing Company: Pillbox Porter, Route 70 Saison
» Maui Brewing Company: Black Lava Gose, Mosaic Mo Betta
» Mehana Brewing Company: Tsunami IPA, ‘Alala Hawaiian Crow Porter
» Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Company: Makana Island Wheat, The Smoking Cannon Smoked Stout
» Waikiki Brewing Company: Hana Hou Hefe, Black Strap Molasses Porter
Tickets for the Honolulu Brewers Festival are $70 plus a $4.84 processing fee and include a tasting glass, 10 four-ounce tasting coupons and unlimited food. While admission tickets will only be sold in advance via honolulubrewersfestival.com, additional beer tasting coupons will be available for purchase on site.
The festival also wraps up the inaugural Honolulu Beer Week, which kicks off on April 17 with a New Belgium Brewing and Girl Scout cookie pairing at Pint + Jigger starting at 8 a.m. Call (808) 744-9593. Other participating bars and restaurants include O’Toole’s Irish Pub, Tiki’s Grill & Bar, Wood & Bucket, Roy’s, Kailua Town Pub & Grill, Rivals Waikiki, Taps & Apps, Murphy’s Grill and 8 Fat Fat 8.
For a complete list of Honolulu Beer Week events and featured drink specials, visit www.honolulubeerweek.com.
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.