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COURTESY ALOHA BEER CO.
                                Aloha Beer Co., which just reopened in Kakaako, has a fantastic locally brewed blonde ale that could become one of its flagship beers.

Blonde ales gain fans with refreshing flavor

COURTESY ALOHA BEER CO.
                                Aloha Beer Co., which just reopened in Kakaako, has a fantastic locally brewed blonde ale that could become one of its flagship beers.

Updated on  February 17, 2017 at 8:52 pm
The craft beer world has been dominated for years by India pale ales, bourbon-barrel-aged stouts and sour beers. Read More
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Tim Golden

California’s Firestone Walker enters the Aloha State arena

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2015
                                Tim Golden

Updated on  January 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm
When I started writing my blog, “Beer in Hawaii,” four years ago, I quipped that I was doing it primarily to help grow the beer community so that we could eventually get Firestone Walker Brewing to distribute to the islands. I wasn’t completely joking. Read More
CRAIG KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tim Golden

Gift of beer makes holidays merry

CRAIG KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Tim Golden

Updated on  December 20, 2016 at 6:22 pm
If you’re like me, you’re always in need of some last-minute holiday gifts. The ones most challenging to find hit both the right price point — under $20 — and still impress the recipient. Read More

Welcome the holidays with an English brew

Over the past decade the beer world has been growing and changing at an incredible pace. Read More
Updated on  November 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm

Holiday get-togethers go better with beer

Believe it or not, the holiday season is quickly approaching, and that means many get- togethers. Every year the same thing happens: You get invited somewhere, then scramble to think of something cool to take. Well, this year, plan ahead and change things up by taking a great bottle of beer. Read More
Updated on  October 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Don’t miss Oktoberfest beer

It can be easy to overlook the simple, perfectly made beers offered at Oktoberfest. Read More
Updated on  September 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm
 
COURTESY PHOTO
                                Tsuyu Saison is not cheap at about $28 a bottle, but the Belgian-style, three-brewery collaboration beer will reward consumers with fragrant fruit notes, oak and soft, breadlike grain flavors.

Globe-trotting saison is collab at its finest

COURTESY PHOTO
                                Tsuyu Saison is not cheap at about $28 a bottle, but the Belgian-style, three-brewery collaboration beer will reward consumers with fragrant fruit notes, oak and soft, breadlike grain flavors.

Updated on  August 23, 2016 at 6:52 pm
The craft beer industry was built on innovation, risk taking and camaraderie between brewers as they tried to compete with major beer companies that dominated the market. Read More
COURTESY LANIKAI BREWING CO.
                                Lanikai’s summer beers feature a variety of local flavors, including Kula strawberries and Oahu mangoes. Fill a custom 64-ounce growler at the brewery. A 32-ounce size also is available.

Lanikai’s isle-inspired ways pay off

COURTESY LANIKAI BREWING CO.
                                Lanikai’s summer beers feature a variety of local flavors, including Kula strawberries and Oahu mangoes. Fill a custom 64-ounce growler at the brewery. A 32-ounce size also is available.

Updated on  July 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm
As a home brewer, Steve Haumschild loved to experiment with products growing around his home in Kailua. That exploratory passion carried over when he and a group of brewing partners decided to open Lanikai Brewing Co. a little over a year ago. Read More
 
COURTESY MAUI BREWING CO.
                                Maui Brewing Co.’s La Perouse Belgian white ale is the first beer to feature the company’s new design.

Growth on tap for Maui Brewing

COURTESY MAUI BREWING CO.
                                Maui Brewing Co.’s La Perouse Belgian white ale is the first beer to feature the company’s new design.

Updated on  July 19, 2016 at 10:06 am
Eleven years ago San Diego native Garrett Marrero bought a sleepy little brewpub on Maui and renamed it Maui Brewing Co. Since then he’s quickly grown it into the largest brewery in the state with worldwide recognition and award- winning beers. Read More

Switch over to lighter pilsners, wheat beers for summer heat

Summer is the perfect time to change out your normal beer for something light, crisp and uber-refreshing. When it’s hot I prefer beers lower in alcohol (less than 6 percent) and not super heavy. Read More
Updated on  May 17, 2016 at 8:08 pm

Online trading offers chance to secure rare regional brews

I’ve been writing about Hawaii’s dynamic beer scene for a few years now, and we are truly blessed with an incredible selection here. But there are always rare beers to seek out. For the serious enthusiast, no great beer is out of reach. Read More
Updated on  April 19, 2016 at 5:58 pm

The Truth, much more, is on tap at Beer Lab HI

Nearly every home brewer flirts with the dream of opening a professional brewery. It’s a romantic notion to sell their own creations to thirsty customers. But the reality is that it is incredibly hard work, and a hefty financial investment with little initial return, to operate a brewery. Read More
Updated on  April 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm

Nitrogen beers aren’t new, but really deliver the flavor

Craft beer has always been driven by innovation, risk and experimentation. Without craft brewers pushing the boundaries of flavor, we would still be a nation of light lagers and bland, similar tastes. Read More
Updated on  April 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm

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