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Hawaii brews stand up to California’s best

Updated on  January 16, 2018 at 5:08 pm
On a recent trip to Northern California and San Diego, I sought out as many new beers as I possibly could. But something unexpected happened. I was rather underwhelmed by what I tasted. It’s not because the beers were not good, it’s just that I was comparing my discoveries to the beers brewed in Hawaii. Read More

2017 was packed with fresh discoveries

Updated on  December 19, 2017 at 7:11 pm
We’ve never had such a selection of excellent beer in Hawaii, and it will only get better. Read More

When pondering Thanksgiving dessert, think beer

Updated on  November 14, 2017 at 5:38 pm
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and it’s time to start thinking about the most important part of the meal: what to drink. Read More

New beers, breweries enliven Oahu suds scene

Updated on  October 17, 2017 at 4:01 pm
New breweries are opening, and some established favorites are expanding at a rapid pace. That means more great beer that is made on Oahu by local workers. Read More

Rise and stein for Oktoberfest​-​style beers

Updated on  September 22, 2017 at 1:13 am
Though it​ ​doesn’t​ ​feel​ ​like​ ​it​​ ​in​ ​Hawaii​, fall weather means ​it’s time for Oktoberfest​-​style beers.​ ​They’re a ​welcome​ ​change​ ​from​ ​the lighter​ ​lager​ ​styles​ ​typically enjoyed during summer. Read More

Hawaii-made ice creams enhance beers for summer

Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm
Beer and ice cream make a harmonious pairing, and with so many ice cream flavors and beer styles to choose from, the combinations are almost endless. Read More

Grapefruity Radler brew suits summer

Updated on  June 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm
Stiegl Radler, is full of fruit flavor, super spritzy and actually only half beer, and I plan on drinking it all summer. Read More

Ayinger’s Pilsner is simple perfection

Updated on  May 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm
My first sip of Ayinger’s Bavarian Pils reminded me that simplicity and pureness can make for a beer that borders on perfection. Read More

Hazy brews have low bitterness, rich flavor

Updated on  April 18, 2017 at 7:04 pm
If you’re like most people, almost every beer you’ve ever been served has been crystal clear. Read More

Blonde ales gain fans with refreshing flavor

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

California’s Firestone Walker enters the Aloha State arena

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

Gift of beer makes holidays merry

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

Globe-trotting saison is collab at its finest

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

Lanikai’s isle-inspired ways pay off

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

Growth on tap for Maui Brewing

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

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