By Will McGough
Special to Frolic Hawaii
Here’s the latest in the land of Hawaii craft beer:
Well, that was fast. Lanikai opened the doors on its new tasting room last weekend. They are calling it a soft opening, since the space is not quite finished yet — the walls are pretty bare, and there’s very little branding or sense of place beyond the beer glasses. But hey, the beer is flowing (their own labels as well as others on tap), and an impressive collection of monkeypod tables screams potential. Owner and head brewer Steve Haumschild plans a grand opening on Oct. 14. Until then, the pub will be open weekdays from 4 to 10 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last call at 9:30 p.m.). For now it’s bring-your-own-food. Food trucks will make appearances out front. 167 Hamakua Dr., Kailua
Hawaii’s biggest craft brewer debuts its Mosaic Mo’Betta Double IPA in cans on Friday, Sept. 15 at the Kihei Tasting Room on Maui and various Oahu grocery stores as well as on tap at the brewpub in Waikiki. Though the beer has been on tap at the Kihei brewery since December 2015, this marks the first time it will be sold in cans — and for now, the cans will only be available in Hawaii, not on the mainland. At 8.0% ABV and 75 IBUs, it’s the big brother of the Big Swell, with notes of tropical fruit, berries and citrus to round out a punch of bitterness. 2300 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki
If you’re looking for a craft brewery to watch NFL football on Sundays, Waikiki Brewing’s new Kakaako location will have NFL Sunday ticket. The space is perfect for sports, with a television in every direction you look (here’s our inside look). Along with their craft beer, they will offer Bloody Marys (sales manager Nathan Lorenzen promises they will be “Instagram worthy”) and a full food menu. Considering the number of televisions, the outdoor bar (also with televisions), and beer garden space for lawn games, this looks to be a great pairing. Open from 7 a.m. on football Sundays. 831 Queen St., Kakaako
Grace in Growlers hosts a lineup of San Diego breweries this Saturday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 10 p.m., including beers from Stone Brewing, Modern Times, Lost Abbey, Ale Smith and Mother Earth. Owner Tim Veling says that while this portfolio of beers has been available on Maui, rarely — if ever — do they appear on Oahu. So get them while you can. 143 Hekili St., Kailua
• Celebrate National Beer Lovers Day today, Sept. 7, with a 10 percent discount on bottles.
• Take part in the Zwanze Day celebration Saturday, Sept. 23. Zwanze Day started in 2008 when Brussels’ Cantillon Brewery (Brasserie Cantillon Brouwerij) decided to release experimental lambic beers on this day each year. From there, it has spread around the world as a celebration of this unique style, which is brewed with wild yeasts and whose flavors are often dry, cidery and sour. Breakfast will be available to order, and at 9 a.m. — at the same moment the celebration kicks off in Brussels — owner Troy Terorotua will lead one of 68 worldwide toasts. If past Zwanze Days are any indication, expect the line to snake down the block and the keg to empty in the first 10 minutes. So get there well before the doors open at 8 a.m. (no reservations, first come, first served). Who doesn’t love a good breakfast beer?
• Close on Sept. 30. Five years after it opened as one of Honolulu’s first craft beer pubs, REAL is vacating the premises before the whole site is razed and turned into a community park. Look for them to reopen in a new, as-yet-unannounced location. 1020 Auahi St., Kakaako