US - Pacific What's Good Hawaii?

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  1. Juncture

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    I was recently in Hawaii and was disappointed in Beer Lab. Nothing really stood out to me as great, but overall it's a decent place.

    Village Bottle Shop was pretty good, their selection wasn't the greatest in terms of draft, but their bottle selection is decent. I went on a Sunday and the place was pretty packed. The location is nice too, lots of cool art around the neighborhood.
     
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  2. jmgrub

    jmgrub real Gs move in silence like lasagna Contributor

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    With the caveat that Oahu is leaps and bounds better than the Big Island beer-wise, you don't come to Hawaii for the beer (at least not yet).

    I thought BeerLab was solid when I visited. Had a couple of good IPAs and a refreshing fruited gose or berliner (don't remember which).

    Still need to make it over to Village Bottle Shop sometime.
     
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  3. FoudreGuy

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    beerscenes and I are off to Kauai with our families in less than a month. Not excited or anything.

    How are those Ola cans? I see they make it over to the island.

    Also, are the Lanikai special bottles (sours, stouts, barleywine, etc.) still Oahu only?
     
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    jmgrub real Gs move in silence like lasagna Contributor

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    As far as Ola goes, Ma'a Lager is my go to beach beer right now (and my go-to Ola beer in general). My favorite of the cans. Need to try the Kona Gold (pineapple cider) in cans soon.
     
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    This is true. Regardless, the best beer on Oahu is served at the Harbor Pub, Suzie Wong's Hideaway and Arnold's. Thank me later.
     
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    jmgrub real Gs move in silence like lasagna Contributor

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    Just an FYI in case anyone is planning an Oahu trip for late 2019 or early 2020, Ola's investor packet that I saw at the brewery a couple of weeks ago indicates that they are opening a tasting room on Oahu (location not disclosed) late in 2019 (wouldn't be surprised if that got kicked to 2020 though).
     
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  7. FoudreGuy

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    How's their IPA? Looks like that's the only can that they send over to Kauai.
     
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    jmgrub real Gs move in silence like lasagna Contributor

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    Satisfactory. Would be surprised if they're not also sending the Ma'a Lager (which I prefer) to Kauai, but cannot independently confirm.
     
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    Ola’s website only shows the IPA at one shop on Kauai, br I’ve also seen it at others stores on Yelp pictures. Guess I’ll just find out for myself in a couple weeks.

    The vastly different distribution channels between the islands is so weird.
     
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    jmgrub real Gs move in silence like lasagna Contributor

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    I would be surprised if the grocery stores on Kauai didn't have more than just IPA, but lemme know what you find in a few weeks.
     
  11. FoudreGuy

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    Man, Untappd's "purchased here" function is super helpful in tracking down beers to get in Kauai next week.

    Maui Makena Cloud IPA? Safeway in Kapaa.
    Ola Ma'a Lager? Foodland in Kapaa.

    And people say Untappd sucks.
     
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    jmgrub real Gs move in silence like lasagna Contributor

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    Makena Cloud was solid IMO. Had it on draft a couple times a few weeks ago. Could be getting a bit on the older side at this point though.
     
  13. FoudreGuy

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    Had a great time in Kauai.

    The Hawaii beer selection is much improved in the stores than it was three years ago. Lots of cans from more than just Maui now. Ola, Honolulu Beerworks, Waikiki, etc.

    The selection of non Hawaiian beers is much worse than last time. Princeville Wine Market still had the same Cascade bottles they had three years ago with a “warning these are sour and there are no refunds!” sign. Didn’t see Logsdon, Belching Beaver or Eclipse anymore.

    Draft on the island is a combination of InBev, Kona, Maui and Honolulu Beerworks if you’re lucky. The two breweries on the island are either uninterested in or unable to distribute outside their facilities to other places on the island which surprised me.

    Had dinner at Street Burger one night which had a huge taplist that was mostly InBev (10 Barrel, Golden Road, Elysian, Goose Island, Four Peaks, etc.) with a few local taps and the only place I saw Breakside anywhere on the island. Curious how long their BCBS keg is gonna last...

    Best bet is to bring your own beers and take them to Kauai Ono. Best dinner deal on the island at $60.
     
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    My wife and I will be heading to Kauai around this time next year for our 5th anniversary. Just looked up Kauai Ono and fuck yessss that will be on our list. Thanks for this.
     
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    This! x 10 !

    I filled up our luggage with beer. Cold Ipa's from the states in the warm climate of kauai, was fabulous.
     
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    We drank Hill Farmstead E and a Holy Mountain Sunroom at Kauai Ono. Go with something Brett forward or without fruit to accentuate the food there.

    Also drank four bottles of Floodland on beaches with proper glassware and stouts back at our place.

    I’d also like to just say that Hanalei Island IPA on draft is killer. $4 happy hour pints at the Oasis restaurant at the Waipouli resort where we stayed. Galaxy hops and POG. Plus made on the Big Island and not like the bottles made in Portland.
     
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    Yeah the Kona stuff brewed on the BI is good.
     
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    Yeah, haven't had a bad pub beer yet. They tend to stick to a pretty safe set of styles (with an island flare), but they do them well.
     
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    I noticed that StreetBurger had a Kona Hibiscus Brut IPA on tap the morning we left. Looks like they're trying something slightly outside their safety wheelhouse.
     
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    jmgrub real Gs move in silence like lasagna Contributor

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    That's true. My downstairs neighbor works in marketing for Kona Brew and gifted me a few crowlers of that beer a week or two ago. Great for the beach. While it sounds like something more experimental for them, it still had a relatively "safe" taste to it.
     
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