By Will McGough
Special to Frolic Hawaii
The Oahu craft beer scene continues to pulse, with three breweries celebrating new locations and a variety of sudsy events. Here’s what’s happening:
Lanikai Brewing is opening a brewpub
The biggest beer news on the Windward side is that Lanikai Brewing will open a brewpub in Kailua later this year. Right now, you can only get small $1 and $2 tasters at the brewery tap room; the new brewpub will allow them to sell pints. Be patient – there’s a lot of work to be done, not only in building the place but also brewing enough beer to supply it.
Square Barrels’ five-course Locals Only dinner will pair craft beers from Oahu breweries with creations by local chefs on Aug. 8. Here’s where labels from Honolulu Beerworks, Waikiki Brewing, Aloha, Beerlab, and Lanikai beers meet beer-inspired dishes from Pig and the Lady, Encore Saloon, Izakaya Torae Torae, Square Barrels and Koko Head Cafe. Tickets are $100 online.
Waikiki Brewing Co.’s Kakaako location is opening really soon
The brewery says the new spot in the former Fresh Café space should open “hopefully Thursday.” They’ve experienced a bunch of delays, so keep your fingers crossed. When it’s up and running, Queen Street and Kakaako will once again be the hub of beer on Oahu with Aloha Beer, Home of the Brave, Waikiki Brewing, Honolulu Beerworks, Village Bottle Shop and Real a Gastropub. We’ll be stopping in for a pint whenever the doors open. Stay tuned.
Honolulu Beerworks has two new beers on tap
They’re small-batch runs, but they should be around for the rest of the month. Bangkok Wheat is a Thai peanut ale with peanuts, coconut, Hawaiian chilis and lemons (can’t say we’ve ever seen a peanut ale before). What the efe?, a pineapple-habanero hefeweizen.
Stewbum’s tiny Kaneohe spot is shuttered; the new location at 96 N. King St. will allow increased capacity and more visibility for the brewery. Projected opening is early 2018. Word on the street is that a new craft brewery will take over the original Windward location. We’ll keep you updated.
Home of the Brave is releasing a new beer
Continuing its line of beers that commemorate military history, Home of the Brave will honor the 75th Anniversary of Guadalcanal this weekend with GuadalcanALE, an island pale ale brewed with centennial and cascade hops. The beer is a nod to the Navajo code breakers of World War II. As with all Home of the Brave brews, this is a small-batch run, so be sure to grab some while you can. The Navajo word for beer is “bizhééʼ hólóní”—mention this when ordering and get a dollar off a pint of GuadalcanALE.