The votes are in: Kona Brewing Company is the best local beverage company in Honolulu. Readers of HONOLULU Magazine bestowed the honor upon Hawaii’s largest and favorite craft brewery for the publication’s “Best of Honolulu” issue that’s on newsstands now.
Kona Brewing has been recognized on the magazine’s “Best of” list five times, beginning in 2006 when it was named Best Local Brewery. This is the second year that Kona Brewing has earned the Best Beverage Company honor. (The list no longer includes a Best Local Brewery category.) Founded in Kailua-Kona 21 years ago, Kona Brewing is best known for top-selling flagship brews such as Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale, which is one of the fastest-growing beers in the U.S., as well as long-time local favorites like Pipeline Porter, Koko Brown and Wailua Wheat.
“Everyone at Kona Brewing is truly grateful to receive this honor again, because it comes directly from our local friends, fans and extended family,” said Aaron Marion, Kona Brewing Company brand manager. “Hawaii is our home, and as we get ready to build a brand new 100,000-barrel brewery here in the Islands, we’re looking forward to being able to brew even more of Hawaii’s favorite beverage!”
As part of its commitment to Hawaii, Kona Brewing is celebrating its 21st birthday this year with a unique series of small-batch craft beers for Hawaii called the Makana Series. Each of the four beers is inspired an element of nature (earth, fire, wind and water). A portion of the proceeds from Makana Series beer sales will be donated to four local non-profits that are working to restore, maintain and protect Hawaii’s natural environment.
“From the beginning, Kona Brewing has been a company committed to Hawaii, whether it’s though the delicious beers our talented brewers create using fresh, local ingredients, the exceptional experience our employees provide guests at our two pubs, or by supporting and providing donations to dozens of organizations that work to make Hawaii a wonderful place to live. We’ll celebrate this award by continuing to do what we do best, making great tasting craft beer and giving back to our community,” added Marion.
To date, Kona Brewing has raised more than $30,000 for Hawaii non-profits Malama Maunalua and Sustainable Coastlines through sales of the first two beers in the Makana series – Aina Brown Ale and Wela Red Ale. The next beer, Kai Golden Ale, will debut at two launch events: July 31 during ARTafterDARK at the Honolulu Art Museum, and August 8 at Maui Tropical Plantation, featuring The Green and Gomega in concert. Kai Golden Ale is brewed using clarified sea water pulled from 3,000 feet off the coast of the Big Island and will help raise funds to support the Surfrider Foundation, Maui Chapter. All Makana Series beers are available only in Hawaii.
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. In 2014, the company achieved a milestone in its home state, selling more than 1 million cases in the Islands for the first time in its history. As announced in early 2015, Kona Brewing is investing approximately $15 million to build a new state-of-the-art brewery in Hawaii capable of producing 100,000 barrels (BBLs) per year. The new brewery will be up and running by early 2017.
For more information call 808-334-BREW or visit www.KonaBrewingCo.com.
Note: The above was taken from an official press release