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2015 Brewery Openings Exploded, 2016 Is All About Choices

Wow, 2015 was a huge year for beer in Hawaii. Talk about an explosion. The beer scene in Hawaii has never been bigger and things are looking to get even better in 2016.

A total of seven new breweries opened their doors in 2015. SEVEN!!!!, though one (Hoku) never really even got started. There was a time not too long ago when we barely had six breweries in the entire state. Six out of the seven new breweries were opened on Oahu, which for years lagged far behind the other islands for some very odd reason. It seems that Oahu finally has some very stable, well run breweries that I think will be around for a long time to come.

The rapid pace of brewery openings is a clear sign that Hawaii, and specifically Oahu, is finally catching up with the rest of the country’s obsession for locally crafted beers. What I found most promising was the variety of breweries that opened in 2015. We had larger production breweries (Lanikai Brewing and Kohola Brewery), brewpubs (Waikiki Brewing) and a number

Source: Beer in Hawaii

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