Honolulu Beerworks, the city’s newest brew pub, is opening in Our Kaka’ako, and we had a chance to sample the handcrafted beers ahead of Thursday’s launch. Located off Ala Moana Boulevard on Cooke Street, the pub is centrally situated, just a few blocks from downtown, the Ward district and Ala Moana.
Over the past several months, owner Geoff Seideman has transformed an old warehouse into a welcoming bar and beer garden. Staying true to the original structure, much of the aluminum siding remains and has been restored and accented with natural wood. I’m a huge fan of a short bar facing out toward Cooke Street through an open (and working) garage door that slides up into the ceiling.
The current beers on tap are Animal Farmhouse Ale; Kaka’ako Klosch; Rye Not? Pale Ale; It’s Not Bitter Ale; Point Panic Pale Ale; Pia Mahi’ai Saison; 2nd Cool Runnings Ale; South Shore Stout; Sheltered Bay IPA.
For opening day, all nine beers will be available to order as well as a small food menu. For the first few weeks, new food items will be released as the kitchen finds its groove. The plan is to add soft drinks, wine and a full bar to the current offerings. I recommend trying the smoked ahi dip, a great pairing with the Sheltered Bay IPA. Although not served at our sneak peek, I’m excited for pretzels served with beer cheese and beer mustard, which will be among the items served on opening day.
328 Cooke St.