Last time I was in Hawaii on the island of Oahu I learned of the Kona Brewing Company. I quite enjoyed the bottled offerings they had for sale. When we planned this family trip to Hawaii I was very excited that it was decided we would go to the big island so I could check out the brewery. Full disclosure I did not have any input on what island we went to but the family picked the right one! The brewery is located in the town of Kailua-Kona which is closest town to the International Airport. All draft beer sold in the state of Hawaii is brewed in this brewery and all bottles are actually brewed and bottled in Portland Oregon at one of the other breweries in the Craft Beer Alliance. This is done because there are no bottling plants in the State of Hawaii to keep costs down. Kona Brewing is not only a brewery though as it is also a great brewpub with amazing food! They use spent grain for all of their breads and their pizza is to die for.
Kona Brewing Company also takes sustainability very seriously. All spent grain not used in the food is given to local farmers. These farmers feed their animals the grain and then send the animals to the pub for the meals (haha). All condensation water from the air conditioners in the cold room is used to water the plants on site. The brewery also uses solar panels to reduce the reliance on the coal burning power plant. They are the only business in the state of Hawaii to get the highest green rating in the United States. More on their sustainability here. Kona brewing has great beer in bottles but their draft only options in the brewpub are really the stars of the show. I highly recommend anyone heading to the big island to head to this brewery at least once.
In the Capital District of Seattle Washington hides a great little Brew Pub named the “Six Arms Pub & Brewery“. The Six Arms is a part of a chain of brew pubs originating out of Portland Oregon named McMenamins Pubs. This is a small pub with an even smaller brewery on site. The atmosphere is very interesting with a very eclectic style with all kinds of pipe work and weird accents with a very hipster vibe to finish it all off. I had a burger with Cajun taters and can say without a doubt it was an amazing brunch and I would go back just for the food any day. The beer was right on par with the food though and was very refreshing. I did a sampler of 6 of the beers available on tap and all had lots of flavour and their own interesting characteristics. The onsite brewery was hidden in the back of the pub and was very tiny. I could not believe has small it was! I think that they must just brew some of the beer to be consumed on site in the brewery as it is just so freeking small.
If you are in Seattle do yourself a favour and make your way up to this pub and try out not only their beer but their food as well!
Odin Brewing has moved.
I have been a fan of Odin Brewing Company’s beer since I first saw it on the shelves of a local beer store and I gave it a try! When my Girlfriend and I headed to Seattle for the Easter Long weekend I made it a point to head out to the brewery and see where this great beer comes from! Upon entering the brewery we were met by one of the owners who is originally from British Columbia and he showed us around. We sampled a few of their beer including their new IPA which I am really excited to get a bottle of! There is no retail space per say at the brewery but they seem to sell growler fills and kegs out of the brewery. They are very welcoming of people though, and love to let you look around and talk about their vision for their beer and how it should pair with fine foods.
On Monday December 17th 2012 I was up in Squamish for work and decided to stop in and try to pick up some of their Woolly Bugger Barleywine as it is hard to get ahold of. I was talking to a male staff member at the bar and did not realize it was Paul Wilson the brewery Brewery Manager. Once I brought up the fact that I had a beerblog and I really liked both the Megadestroyer and Woolly Bugger among others he offered to give me a tour of the brewery. The brewery is really just getting back up to speed now with their new brewing equipment that they have brought in both inside the brewery and on the side of the building including a grain silo. Here are a few photos of my quick tour of the brewery from their less used grain loft on the third floor to the brewing and brewing/packaging levels. The packaging area used to be the underground parking for the building (not sure if it is all of it) but they have expanded way beyond the original brewery. I could really feel the enthusiasm from Paul and it makes me wish all professions could be this exciting!
Last batch of Woolly Bugger 2012 being bottled
Spiral Stair Case connecting all three levels
grain in the grain loft
This was just a quick little tour of the brewery as I was up in Squamish for work so the photos and information is not as fleshed out as usual but it is still a nice little look into what Howe Sound Brewing looks like behind the scenes.
Being both a brew pub and an Inn this is a great place to stay the night and really get to know the beer that they produce!
Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company
37801 Cleveland Ave.
Squamish, BC Telephone: 1-604-892-2603 Toll Free: 1-800-919-ALES Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.howesound.com
If you are up in Kelowna looking for something to do other than those blasted wine tours you really need to stop by Tree Brewing Company! Located in the middle of an industrial area the building is quite unsuspecting (that is if there was not a huge sign). Walking in the door there is an amazing retail space and tasting bar. Once inside though everything changes! Right inside the doors is a beautiful retail space and tasting room. Here you can find all of their 6 and 12 packs both warm and cold depending on your situation. They also stock all of their seasonal bomber (600ml) bottles of specialty beer such as their fall pumpkin beer and their very limited wine barrel aged beer. They also sell lots of other products like shirts, tap handles and sauces to name a few. Where they really shine through though is their tasting room side. Here you will be given a menu with a bunch of different beer they have on tap for you to try. You are asked to pick 4 to sample and asked for a minimum $2 dollar charitable donation (as of writing this goes to Breast Cancer research but changes monthly). The people manning the tasting bar are very knowledgeable about their beer and give you lots of information about the beer. Most times they also offer brewery tours but when I was there they were packaging and could not let people into the brewery.
One thing I noticed is they do not seem to do Growler fills here!