Member Profile: Waikiki Brewing Company

Waikiki Brewing Company opened its first location in Waikiki in 2015.  The seven barrel brewhouse in Waikiki is capable of producing 1600 barrels a year and was at capacity almost immediately, leading the brewery to start looking for a second location.  They found the ideal spot in Honolulu’s historic brewing district in up and coming Kaka’ako.  The brand new 20 barrel brewhouse and high ceilings have allowed Waikiki Brewing Company to more than quadruple production and become the third largest producer of craft beer in the state of Hawaii.  Waikiki Brewing Company has found success on the national stage, winning medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the Denver

International Beer Competition.

Waikiki Brewing Company’s operation in Kaka’ako has not only created an additional 40 manufacturing and service jobs in the community, but also supports other local business.  Waikiki Brewing Company cans their beer and purchases cans from Ball’s can manufacturing plant in Kapolei and also donates their “spent grain” from the brewing process to local farmer David Wong of Mountain View Farms.  Even their empty grain bags find additional use after being upcycled by a local roofing company.

“Our brewery not only has helped to drive our local economy, but has provided a wonderful community gathering place at our pub,” said Brewmaster and Partner, Joe Lorenzen. “We see families come together, military promotion celebrations, and team building gatherings for local businesses on a weekly basis at our pub.  We’ve even had a couple of first birthday celebrations!” The pub is open at 11am on weekdays, and 10am on weekends.  Lunch, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch are served, along with fresh local craft beer.

Waikiki Brewing Company Kaka’ako recently began a local delivery service during lunch hours to bring their 100% kiawe smoked barbecue to the Kaka’ako and downtown areas via their own bicycle delivery service.  Delivery is free and features the entire menu, from Slow Smoked Brisket and Pork BBQ with housemade sauces to pizzas, salads, and burgers.

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