Kona Brewing Co. to break ground on new sustainable brewery

kbcKona Brewing Co. will break ground on its new 100,000-barrel Big Island brewery and canning facility tomorrow. The company, Hawaii’s longest-running craft brewery, is commemorating the event with a limited-release pale ale based on the original recipe for its first beer produced 22 years ago.

The groundbreaking at the 2.6-acre site in Kailua-Kona will include a traditional Hawaiian blessing ceremony and unveil the first architectural rendering of the new brewery. More than 100 guests have RSVP’d to the event at Pawai Place, just steps away from the current pub and brewery. Construction is scheduled to begin in late summer of this year.

“The groundbreaking marks the start of an exciting new chapter in Kona Brewing’s history, and I am extremely grateful to our colleagues, our customers and our friends and families who make up the Big Island Community who have enabled us to get to where we are today,” remarked Cameron Healy, who co-founded Kona Brewing with his son Spoon Khalsa in 1994. “Little did we know when we started Kona Brewing Co. 22 years ago that legions of craft beer drinkers from around the world would fall in love with our island-infused beers.”

“We wouldn’t be celebrating this incredible milestone if it weren’t for the Kona Brewing Co. ‘ohana, and we look forward to continuing to support them as they have supported us over the years,” he added.

To mark the groundbreaking, Kona Brewing worked with John “Kit” Kittrege, the brewery’s first brew master, to develop a new beer based on the original recipe for Fire Rock Pale Ale, the brewery’s first production beer.

First Rock Pale Ale is a hop-forward, malty ale that pays homage to the beer that paved the way for Kona Brewing Co.’s success and liquid adoration. First Rock (ABV 6%, IBU 65) features Pale 2 Row Premium, Caramel 80 and Honey malts, along with Northern Brewer, Cascade and Columbia hops. First Rock will be poured at the groundbreaking and will be available until supplies last at the Kona Pub & Brewery.

Kona Brewing is investing $20 million to build the state-of-the-art high-efficiency brewery and canning facility that reinforces its long-running commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. The 30,000 square-foot facility will feature the latest innovations in renewable energy and water conservation, enabling Kona Brewing Co. to preserve Hawaii’s natural resources.

Kona Brewing partnered with PurposeEnergy, a water treatment and renewable energy company, to design an on-site Resource Recovery Center. The Center allows the brewery to recycle organic brewing byproducts in order to produce its own electricity, heat and clean water. The facility will also feature a brewing system manufactured by IDD Process & Packaging, an industry leading supplier of brewing systems and equipment, that helps conserve grain and water. Additionally, solar photovoltaic systems will be installed that can generate 50 percent of the brewery’s energy needs.

The brewery will have the capacity to produce up to 100,000 barrels of beer per year, which will allow for increased draft production and package offerings in Hawaii. The new canning operation will enable Kona Brewing to expand its canned beer selections beyond Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale and into a wide array of specialty and seasonal beers.

Kona Brewing is leasing the land for its brewery from the Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust, a private charitable trust founded in 1909 to serve native Hawaiian children. The brewer plans to work with local construction companies, suppliers and vendors. Once the brewery is operational, it plans to hire additional employees to expand the current pub. The brewery is scheduled to open in 2018.

“The Kona Brewing team is beyond excited to start brewing in the new state-of-the-art facility, which will give us the flexibility to produce more innovative, small-batch beers, while increasing our production capability to satisfy the demand for favorites such as Big Wave and Longboard Lager across the Islands,” explained Sandi Shriver, head of brewing operations for Kona Brewing. “We’re taking Liquid Aloha to the next level, and I’m extremely proud to be part of a team that is a leader in efficiency and sustainability and cares so much about the environment.

About Kona Brewing

Kona Brewing Company was started in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island in the spring of 1994 by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality. Today, Kona is Hawaii’s largest and favorite craft brewery, known for top-selling flagship beers Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale and award-winning innovative small-batch beers available across the Islands. The Hawaii born and Hawaii-based craft brewery prides itself on brewing the freshest beer of exceptional quality, closest to market. This helps to minimize its carbon footprint by reducing shipping of raw materials, finished beer and packaging materials.

Kona Brewing has become one of the top craft beer brands in the world, while remaining steadfastly committed to its home market through a strong focus on innovation, sustainability and community outreach. For the second year in a row, the company sold more than 1 million cases of Liquid Aloha in the Islands. Kona Brewing Co. is part of Craft Brew Alliance (NASDAQ: BREW), a leading craft brewing company.

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Crabbie’s Ginger Beer Reaches Hawaii

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crabbies-screenshotCrabbie’s Ginger Beer has arrived in Hawaii through a partnership with Paradise Beverages.

“Crabbie’s is a truly innovative drink that wasn’t offered before in America and the response has been incredible,” says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian Importing, the exclusive US importer of Crabbie’s. “We are excited share Crabbie’s, over ice with a slice, with people throughout Hawaii; it’s time for a Crabbie’s.”

Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer (4.8%) established, and is leading, the alcoholic ginger beer category in the United States. It’s carefully crafted from a secret recipe using the finest ginger which is cold steeped for up to six weeks and then combined with four exotic spices. The result is a refreshing, light bodied ginger beer with a spicy fresh ginger flavor, notes of citrus and a warming finish. Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer is ideal when served chilled over ice with a slice of lemon or lime.

The story of Crabbie’s began in Edinburgh, Scotland during the early 19th century with respected wine and spirits merchant, Miller Crabbie. His son John Crabbie would later inherit the family business and soon developed a flair for the innovative. Capitalizing on the nearby Port of Leith gave him access to ingredients from many nations, he sourced the finest ginger and exotic spices for his signature Green Ginger Wine, starting a legacy that would last for generations to come. Crabbie’s iconic elephant trademark symbolizes its heritage; 200 years ago, elephants were traditionally used by importers to explore untrodden grounds to procure ingredients. Today, Crabbie’s is sold across the globe in a variety of refreshing ranges.

Crabbie’s is available for purchase in a 16.9 ounce bottle. Ideal for sipping, Crabbie’s can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as a Dark & Crabbie and the Moscow Mule.

As the first alcoholic ginger beer available in America, the number one question asked by consumers is, “Where can I buy Crabbie’s?” To help in their quest for Crabbie’s refreshment, Crabbie’s launched the free, Time for a Crabbie’s app, available for iPhone and Android smart phones. Find the nearest stores, bars and restaurants selling Crabbie’s, take an interactive poll on the favorite Crabbie’s flavor, read flavor profiles, and enjoy Crabbie’s cocktail recipes.

The free app can be found by searching ‘Time for a Crabbie’s’ on Apple’s App store and on Google Play for Android phones. For consumers who do not have a smart phones, Crabbie’s has also launched a ‘Find Crabbie’s’ section of its website crabbiesgingerbeer.com. Simply enter a zip code to locate the nearest Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

For information on sales in Hawaii, please contact Thom Cornog (Thom.Cornog@parbev.com). For more information on Crabbie’s, please visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Maui beer featured on Hawaiian Airlines flights

Brewed on MauiMaui Brewing Co.‘s Bikini Blonde Lager will be offered on international routes on September 1, 2014, and domestic routes to and from the mainland on October 1, 2014 on Hawaiian Airlines.

“As Hawaii’s largest craft brewery we’re proud to partner with Hawaiian Airlines in having a truly local beer available to passengers. I am looking forward to enjoying a great beer as I travel to and from the islands,” says Garrett Marrero, Founder of Maui Brewing Co.

Bikini Blonde Lager is a filtered Munich Helles Lager brewed with floral hops and Pilsner and Munich malts. It’s a bold Lager, but smooth and refreshing.

Maui Brewing Co. is a craft brewery based in Maui, HI. As the largest authentic Hawaiian brewery, it currently has one brewery in Lahaina, and one brewpub in Kahana that creates more than 40 different styles on a rotating basis. In 2005 Maui Brewing Co. produced 400 barrels from the single brewpub and expanded into an additional brewery location in 2007, producing a little over 20,000 barrels in 2013.

MBC has remained consistent in the vision of our motto, “Handcrafted Ales & Lagers Brewed with Aloha.” This means respect for the environment, our community and people, as we strive for enjoyment in every high-quality craft beer brewed. The beers have been recognized worldwide for quality and innovation.

Maui Brewing Co. is currently in construction on a brewery in Kihei. This will help meet current demand, and give the ability to open additional markets. The goal is to be brewing, drinking, and shipping beer from this new brewery by the end of this year.

Courtesy Maui Brewing Company.