Friday, November 27, 2015         

On Tap in Hawaii

Big Isle koa blossom honey flavors Makani Wheat Ale

By Tim Golden
Brewers’ inspirations for creating beers can come from anywhere. Sometimes there’s a desire to re-create classic flavors, such as deep rich chocolate and espresso. These are found in Imperial Stouts. At other times, ideas can come from their own backyards and a desire to utilize ingredients that are local or have a special meaning.

Harvest time yields tasty, once-a-year wet hop beers

By Tim Golden
In the beer world, the harvest season revolves around hops. Similar to wine harvests, hops are harvested within a few weeks, between late August and September. Hop growers wait until the hop cones are at their peak, with vibrant flavors and aromas.

Tiny new brewery on Oahu has beers in 2 Waikiki bars

By Tim Golden
Sometimes the only way to get a brewery off the ground is to start really small and work extra hard, then grow. That’s the path Darren Garvey took this spring when he opened Hawaii’s smallest commercial brewery, Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing.

Berliner weisse beers are delightfully tart

By Tim Golden
During these dog days of summer, when the thermometer cracks 90 degrees and the air is still and muggy, I look for something cold, crisp and easy to drink.

New isle breweries expand available variety of beers

By Tim Golden
The Oahu brewing scene is exploding. With four new breweries opening in the past 18 months and more in the works, Oahu is quickly (and finally) catching up to the brewing trends on the mainland.

Beat the heat of summer with kolsch-style brews

By Tim Golden
Even though we enjoy warm weather year-round in Hawaii, summer in particular invokes thoughts of ice-cold refreshing drinks. When temperatures rise, something light, crisp and low in alcohol is a great thirst quencher, and the German-style ale called kolsch is the perfect fit.

Neighbor islands emerge as a last frontier for beer

By Tim Golden
Hawaii craft-beer fans are known for traveling to the mainland to stock up on favorite brews unavailable in the islands. But in the past few years, distribution of many favorites has begun in Hawaii.

Kailua brewery puts taste of Hawaii into every bottle

By Tim Golden
Oahu's brewing scene is growing rapidly as new breweries and brewpubs set their sites on thirsty residents and visitors seeking locally produced craft beer. I'll be featuring all of our new breweries over the next couple of months.

Beaver State breweries send isles fine craft beers

By Tim Golden
Over the past two years, we have seen beers from dozens of new and exciting breweries come to Hawaii, offering endless choices from practically every corner of the globe. But one U.S. state in particular has really increased its presence here.

Native ale's pink sea salt provides a delicate finish

By Tim Golden
The current big trend has everyone seeking locally made products. It doesn't matter whether it's produce or a craft, sought by locals or tourists — the goal is finding things made right here in Hawaii. Beer is no exception. But what actually makes a beer local?

A resurgence of pilsners is forecast for this year

By Tim Golden
The year 2014 was an exceptional one for beer in Hawaii. We saw dozens of top-quality breweries distribute to the isles, adding more than 100 new beer choices to the shelves.

Zoetzuur Flemish Ale goes great with turkey

By Tim Golden
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about the beverages. To complete your festive meal, you'll want a drink that will work with all of those classic dishes, from turkey and gravy to cranberry sauce.

Lager-style craft beers deserve a second sip

By Tim Golden
Although lager-style beers are the most popular in the world, they have gotten a bad rap in the craft beer world and have largely been ignored by U.S. craft drinkers. Of the many lager styles, the most popular is the pale lager.

Knee Deep's hoppy beer has harmonizing flavors

By Tim Golden
Knee Deep Brewing Co. has built its brand on big, bold, incredibly hop-forward beers. The tiny brewery located in Auburn, Calif., in the Sierra Nevada foothills has quickly captured the hearts of hop-loving craft beer enthusiasts around the country.

Logsdon brewery bringing Belgian-style beers to isles

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2014
There was a time not very long ago when it was difficult to find a good selection of great craft beer in Hawaii.

Beer festival offers chance to try suds not sold in isles

By Tim Golden
Whether you are a beer expert or a beginner, there is no better way to sample a wide variety of beers than at a beer festival. In recent years, beer festivals have exploded across the country, and Hawaii has a number of great events each year.

Crafters' creations help canned beers shed stigma

By Tim Golden
There is something about beer in a can that brings to mind sunny weather and a day at the beach -- good times.

Saison style was developed to sate farmworkers' thirst

By Tim Golden
The recent stretch of hot and muggy weather has got me thinking about refreshing and thirst-quenching beers. Nothing is more satisfying on days such as these.

As with many other items, beer’s best when it’s fresh

By Tim Golden
Freshness matters for so many things we buy at the supermarket. We want fresh eggs, produce and baked bread. Fresh simply tastes better, and it is no different for beer.

Rating system gives equality to novice, expert opinions

By Tim Golden
Shopping for beers is fun, but it can be intimidating for a newbie. With the number of new craft beers growing rapidly and the variety of different styles available (there are 138 beer styles encompassing subcategories, according to the Brewers Association), finding a beer that suits your tastes can be daunting.

Wheat beers include wits in addition to hefeweizens

By Tim Golden
With their full flavors, wheat beers have long been among the most popular styles in both Europe and the United States. The most commonly known wheat beers are German- and American-style hefeweizens, with their pronounced banana and clove flavors, pillowy white head and hazy appearance.

Goose Island's sour beers flavored with 'Brett' yeast

By Tim Golden
Lets start 2014 on a funky note. And I mean that in the best possible way. Funky sour beer challenges your palate with wonderful tart and acidic flavors.

Aged in bourbon barrels, Eclipse is a potent beer

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Dec 18, 2013
Many of the most sought-after beers in the country don't make their way to Hawaii unless they're brought back in someone's suitcase. But for the second year in a row, we'll be getting a small allocation of the highly popular and rare Eclipse Imperial Stout from Fifty/Fifty Brewing.

Good brew adds complexity to your Thanksgiving meal

By Tim Golden

When you plan your big Thanksgiving meal, don't forget about the drinks.

Craft beer crowd hops to it for isle-made India Pale Ale

By Tim Golden
By far the most popular style of craft beer in America currently is India Pale Ale, or IPA. Why? Craft beer drinkers are obsessed with the big, bold, hoppy flavors found in IPAs.

Enjoy rich autumn beers during cool isle evenings

By Tim Golden Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 18, 2013
Fall is quickly approaching in many parts of the world, and as the weather cools down, the light and refreshing beers of summer give way to darker, richer seasonal beers that have a bit more flavor and depth.

Let flavor and occasion prevail in choosing a beer

By Tim Golden
If you've ever looked closely at the bottle of an alcoholic beverage, you may have seen in small print on the label a listing of the percentage of alcohol by volume that the beverage contains.

When shopping for beer, it's good to know the lingo

By Tim Golden
There has never been a better time to be a beer lover. With more than 2,400 breweries in the United States alone, beer aisles are expanding with new and exciting styles of beer.

Cheers to Dad

By Tim Golden
Stuck on what to get Dad for Father's Day? I've got two words for you: craft beer. These are not anything like his everyday 12-pack of domestic lager.

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