Opening today: Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room

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What: over 400 craft beers including very limited releases and highly allocated bottles usually available through beer clubs.

Over 400 craft beers including very limited releases and highly allocated bottles usually available through beer clubs.

When we introduced Tim Golden and Daryn Ogino’s Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room back in January, it was a concept: A craft beer store and cafe with over 400 brews, 16 of them on draft. You’d be able to buy a bottle from the chillers and drink it in the tasting room, they said, or order some craft beer or wine on tap and have it with a snack.

That concept opened for business today, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. in the SALT complex in Kakaako.

“Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room is meant for people to enjoy beer in a place with a relaxed environment and ambiance,” Golden says. You can even bring in food and drink from other businesses in SALT.

Freshness of their beer is very important to Golden and Ogino. They only stock their coolers with craft brews bottled within the last two or so weeks to ensure the best possible product to the customer.

Chillers stock beer bottled within the last couple weeks.

Among the 400-plus labels are a few highly allocated ones limited to a single case. Look for a New Belgium limited release, an Almanac Farmers Reserve, Green Flash boysenberry and Jolly Pumpkin brews. You might not see them in Hawaii again once they’re gone.

This is the first time I've seen the Green Flash Cellar 3 and Almanac in Hawaii. They are both in the bottom row of the third chiller from the back wall.

Green Flash Cellar 3 and Almanac in Hawaii: bottom row, third chiller from the back wall.

The beers are organized by flavor profile: hoppy, dark and malty, sour and so on. This lets you explore a number of curated options in one space.

Beer aficionados and owners, Tim Golden and Daryn Ogino.

Village owners and beer aficionados Tim Golden and Daryn Ogino

Half of the opening lineup of beers on draft are local craft brews from Beer Lab HI, Honolulu Beerworks, Lanikai Brewing, Big Island Brewhaus, Waikiki Brewing, Kona Brewing, Maui Brewing and Kohola Brewing. Specific styles are being kept under wraps, which means you have to go in to find out.

Located right in the middle of the SALT complex, Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room is one of the most convenient places to grab an ice cold craft brew any day of the week.

Village is in the middle of the SALT complex near the Auahi Street entrance.

The food menu features local producers, Primo Popcorn, All In Beef Jerky, Hawaiian Chip Company and HI Pies.

Locally made snacks on offer include Primo Popcorn, All In Beef Jerky, Hawaiian Chip Company and HI Pies.

Pull up a stool or sit in one of their comfortable chairs and relax.

Pull up a stool or sit in one of the comfortable chairs.

There is a communal table for groups or for meeting new beer lovers.

A communal table for groups or meeting new beer lovers.

Yes, there’s parking: One hour free with validation in the adjacent lot in front of Highway Inn and Lanikai Juice on Ala Moana Boulevard or in the parking structure on Keawe Street.

Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room
SALT at Our Kakaako
691 Auahi St.
Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
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