Hawaii Beer Fest

Ever attended an event for the first time, felt so unprepared, still had and an amazing night, but took notes for when you attend the next similar event? Well that’s what happened to my friend and I when we attended the Hawaii Beer Fest 2019: Winter Edition. Let’s just say next time, our must have accessory will include a PRETZEL LEI!


With just under 3 hours to taste about 100 draft, craft and international beers, you can bet we had a fabulous time! Responsibly of course. Here are a few of what we tried and a list of some of my favorites.


Budweiser has been around for quite some time. I’ve peeped this 6 pack in the grocery store many times, but never gave it a chance to let itself fall into my shopping cart. Haha! I’m so glad I had a chance to try it here at Hawaii Beer Fest. Not as heavy tasting as I thought it would be. You can definitely taste a hint of Jim Beam, very smooth. Learn more about Budweiser Copper Lager by clicking here. You can be sure I’ll give this 6 pack a helping hand entering my shopping cart the next time I head to the store.


One of my favorite styles of beer is a stout. Super dark, rich in flavor with hints of chocolate, caramel, and even coffee at times. I’ve known Guinness had been around for years, but never knew for how long. So when I seen that I could sample their 200th Anniversary Export Stout, I couldn’t pass it up. Full bodied flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Two hundred years is a long time to be brewing beer. I was curious to learn more about what makes this anniversary stout so special. Click the link to learn the history and the story of how this 200th Anniversary Export Stout came to be.


I couldn’t go to a beer fest without trying a new local brewery. Shout out to Mehana Brewing Company! Would you believe this local company brews their beer in a facility that used to be home to Hilo Soda Works? It’s true! The old Hilo Soda Works is now home to locally crafted beer.

This Volcano Red Ale was awarded the Silver Medal in 2012 at the World Beer Championships. I could surely taste why they were chosen for this high honor! If you love hoppy beer, this ones for you!


And that’s a wrap! Here’s a list of some of my favorite brewers that were there, but weren’t pictured. I apologize, we were having too much of a great time!

Honolulu Beer Works: Makakilo Brown

Lanikai Brewing: Pillbox Porter

ROGUE: Honey Kolsch

Omission Brewing: Lager

Kona Brewing: Pipeline Porter


Of course after a night of sampling beers, we had to end the night with some tasty bites! This is THE BRILLIAN OX, a new restaurant and gastropub located in the Ala Moana Shopping Center.


Affordable prices and plates to share. We ordered the Crispy Pork Belly Bao Buns, Bone Marrow, and Fried Noodles. The perfect bites to end the night.



A great night spent with good company for sure! I’m looking at upcoming beer events and found this next one happening end of March, HONOLULU ON TAP. Tickets on sale now! Maybe I’ll see you there. Don’t forget your pretzel lei! ALOHA!


P.S. If you love great photo ops, you’ll love this sexy red telephone booth located inside The Brilliant Ox. #DoItForTheGram

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