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5 Reasons for Island Beer Lovers to Toast

BY Kathryn Drury Wagner | October 6, 2016 | Feature Features

While the Islands are a long way from Munich, we can still enjoy a bit of the Oktoberfest spirit. Here are some ways for beer aficionados to raise a glass and enjoy Hawai‘i's craft beers this month.
Turtle Bay Resort tempts craft beer fans with a dinner with Waikiki Brewing Co.

1. Waikiki Brewing Craft Beer Dinner at Turtle Bay Resort
Craft beer fans will gather in Kahuku on Oct. 15 for Turtle Bay’s first-ever dinner event featuring beer from Waikiki Brewing Co. Guests will dine on five courses showcasing the company’s beers—such as Meli-Mac Brown Ale and Hana Hou Hefeweizen—paired with premium local meats and produce from nearby farms. The event will feature special guests from those local farms, as well as guest speaker Joe Lorenzen, the brewmaster at Waikiki Brewing Co. Dinner starts at 5:30pm; tickets are $100. 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, O‘ahu, 293.6000

2. Kona Brewing Co.’s New Hanalei Island IPA
In honor of the historic town Hanalei on Kaua‘i’s North Shore, and Hawai‘i’s beloved classic drink POG, Kona Brewing Co. has released a new Hanalei Island IPA with POG as the central flavor profile. The passionfruit, orange and guava flavors balance the subtle bitterness of aromatic Azacca and Galaxy hops, and alcohol is low at 4.5 percent. For a limited time, you can try it on tap at the two Kona Brewing Co. brewpubs—in Hawai‘i Kai on O‘ahu and in Kailua Kona on the Island of Hawai‘i. The beer will progressively make its way to other restaurants and bars throughout the Hawaiian Islands prior to a mainland rollout in 2017. Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., Hawai‘i Kai, O‘ahu, 396.5662; 74-5612 Pawai Place, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawai‘i, 334.2739

3. Beer, Bratwurst and Beaches at the Moana Surfrider
The Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, hosts a series at the lovely Vintage 1901 venue called Love of Libations. On Friday, Oct. 14 at 5:30pm, sample beer and sausage in honor of Oktoberfest. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here. Complimentary self-parking is available at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani’s garage. 2365 Kalakaua Ave. Waikiki, O‘ahu, 550.8457

4. Village Bottle Shop and Tasting Room
With 500 curated bottled and canned beers, and 16 beers rotating on tap, there’s something here for every beer geek. In fact, this is the first craft beer and bottle shop and tasting room in the state, and good news: You can both purchase beer for takeaway or to sit and sip at the cafe on site. Salt at Our Kaka’ako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd., Downtown Honolulu, O‘ahu, 369.0688

5. Maui Brewing Co. Women Helping Women Charity Event
Come by the Kihei Tasting Room on Oct. 21 from 6 to 10pm, and Maui Brewing Co. is donating 50 percent of its house beer profits to support Women Helping Women, a charity that works to end domestic violence through advocacy, education and prevention. 605 Lipoa Pkwy., Kihei, Maui, 213.3002

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