By Will McGough
Special to Frolic Hawaii
The end of October is pleasantly busy with a calendar full of craft-beer events that include pumpkin parties, new beer releases and what we can only assume is Oahu’s first-ever craft beer-themed goat party.
Inu Island Ales launch party
If you haven’t heard, Oahu is on the verge of getting a new brewery, Inu Island Ales, which will take up the old Stewbum & Stonewall location in Kaneohe (Stewbum is moving to Chinatown). The exact opening date is still up in the air (should be later this month or early November), but its first major release and event will be Friday, Oct. 20 at Village Bottle Shop as it pours a lineup of drafts and releases its IPA in 16-ounce cans. The owners and head brewer will be in attendance, and there will be drawings and merchandise from Inu Ales. Go check them out and welcome them to Hawaii craft beer scene — we’ll have more news and a first look from Inu Ales soon.
New beer Friday at Waikiki Brewing Company
Waikiki Brewing will celebrate the release of two new beers on Friday, Oct. 20 at its Waikiki and Kakaako locations. Both of the beers are Wet Hop IPAs, the Equanot Fresh Hopped IPA and the Citra Fresh Hopped IPA. It’s a great sign, considering Waikiki told us a few weeks ago that the new facility would allow them to expand their lineup of beers and it looks like they’re wasting no time making good on that promise.
Tropics Ale House to reopen in Kakaako
Remember Tropics Ale House at Puck’s Alley on University? It’s not gone – it’s just moved. The new Tropics Ale House Kakaako will open Saturday, Oct. 21, at the corner of Queen and Cooke streets. Craft beer and sports will remain the focus, with 24 beers on tap and 13 big-screen televisions to go with a full kitchen. The beer scene keeps getting better and better in Kakaako. The new location puts Tropics within walking distance of several breweries and beer bars, including Village Bottle Shop, Waikiki Brewing, Aloha, Home of the Brave, and Honolulu Beerworks.
Great Waikiki Beer Festival this Saturday
The third annual Great Waikiki Beer Festival will take place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Saturday, Oct. 21. It will offer a selection of more than 100 beers from local and national brewers in addition to a live performance from Henry Kapono. Feel free to bring friends who don’t like beer – there will be 30 wines and 30 sakes poured, too. But buyer beware, you’re paying top dollar for not that much beer. Tickets are $75 for general access (6 to 9 p.m.) that includes 10 individual 4-ounce tastings, one food ticket, and self-parking. VIP admission is $105 and adds early access at 4 p.m. Military receive a 15 percent discount. For tickets, call 949-4321 or visit this website.
Craft beer bar crawl around SALT Kakaako
SALT’s monthly bar crawl takes place Saturday, Oct. 21, and will help raise funds for the Hawaiian Humane Society. Beers from Aloha Beer Company, Inu Island Ales, Lanikai Brewing, Honolulu Beerworks, Beer Lab HI, Waikiki Brewing Company and Home of the Brave Brewing will all be on tap at Village Bottle Shop, Moku Kitchen and Bevy Bar.
Deschutes pumpkin carving and costume contest
Village Bottle Shop and Tasting Room will host a pumpkin carving contest on Thursday, Oct. 26. Please don’t show up with a pocket full of knives – carve the pumpkin before and show up with the finished product for a chance to win prizes (you can see a list of rules here). There will also be prizes for the best costumes. A draft list full of beers from Deschutes Brewery will punctuate the occasion.
First birthday “goat party” at Grace in Growlers
Grace in Growlers will celebrate its first birthday on Saturday, Oct. 28. Keeping in line with its core vision of giving back to the community (you can read more about its mission here), the charity-focused beer bar will partner with Compassion International, a global humanitarian organization, to throw a “goat party.” What does this mean? For every $100 of proceeds, Grace in Growlers will purchase a goat that will be delivered to a family living in poverty around the world. Owner Tim Veling said they hope to raise enough money to buy 100 goats, and that a few of the restaurants on Hekili St. are making goat-themed pupus for the evening by incorporating goat milk and goat cheese. Happy Birthday to the crew at Grace in Growlers.