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Brewfest Raises $100K for Local Beneficiaries

The 23rd Annual Kona Brewers Festival, also known as the Kona Brew Fest, took place this Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Courtyard of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

Mugs were given to all attendees of the Kona Brewers Festival.

This year, the taps started to flow at 3 p.m. and most of the food was gone by 6 p.m. as the event raised over $100,000 for 20 local beneficiaries.

The first year of the festival was in 1996, when the event raised about $5,000 so the festival has really grown over the years.

Nearly 3,000 people attended this year’s Kona Brewers Festival, with 2,100 tickets sold.

There were over 40 breweries from all over the world on-hand for public tastings. The festival had to turn down about a dozen breweries.

Festival Executive Director Kate Jacobson said that the festival has a huge impact on the local economy and that hotel rooms are always sold out throughout the area during the weekend of the festival.

(L–R) Executive Director Kate Jacobson, Media and Marketing Coordinator Summer Carrick and Kona Brewers Festival BOD President Mattson Davis.

Summer Carrick, director of media and marketing for the festival said that the event has previously sold-out in under six minutes. Those wanting to attend next year’s festival should purchase tickets as soon as they are available.

Festival Board of Directors President Mattson Davis, the former CEO of Kona Brewing Company, stated that the initial intent of the festival was to celebrate the birthday of the Kona Brewing Company and that they weren’t interested too much in wines; however, they have had a few ciders represented at the festival.

One of the main highlights of the festivals is the “Trash Fashion Show” that showcased island models wearing costumes and outfits designed from recycled trash.

Trash Fashion Show models at the 2018 Kona Brewers Festival.

And yes, there was at least one wardrobe malfunction during the fashion show.

Ah yes, even Sesame Street Characters were involved…

 

Brewfest Raises $100K for Local Beneficiaries

The 23rd Annual Kona Brewers Festival, also known as the Kona Brew Fest, took place this Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Courtyard of King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

Mugs were given to all attendees of the Kona Brewers Festival.

This year, the taps started to flow at 3 p.m. and most of the food was gone by 6 p.m. as the event raised over $100,000 for 20 local beneficiaries.

The first year of the festival was in 1996, when the event raised about $5,000 so the festival has really grown over the years.

Nearly 3,000 people attended this year’s Kona Brewers Festival, with 2,100 tickets sold.

There were over 40 breweries from all over the world on-hand for public tastings. The festival had to turn down about a dozen breweries.

Festival Executive Director Kate Jacobson said that the festival has a huge impact on the local economy and that hotel rooms are always sold out throughout the area during the weekend of the festival.

(L–R) Executive Director Kate Jacobson, Media and Marketing Coordinator Summer Carrick and Kona Brewers Festival BOD President Mattson Davis.

Summer Carrick, director of media and marketing for the festival said that the event has previously sold-out in under six minutes. Those wanting to attend next year’s festival should purchase tickets as soon as they are available.

Festival Board of Directors President Mattson Davis, the former CEO of Kona Brewing Company, stated that the initial intent of the festival was to celebrate the birthday of the Kona Brewing Company and that they weren’t interested too much in wines; however, they have had a few ciders represented at the festival.

One of the main highlights of the festivals is the “Trash Fashion Show” that showcased island models wearing costumes and outfits designed from recycled trash.

Trash Fashion Show models at the 2018 Kona Brewers Festival.

And yes, there was at least one wardrobe malfunction during the fashion show.

Ah yes, even Sesame Street Characters were involved…

 

Kona Brew Festival Ranks in Top 10 List for Road Trips for Beer

The Kona Brew Festival was ranked in the top 10 list of beer festivals by the folks at Road Trips for Beer in a post written this morning they state:

What better place to enjoy a winter beer festival than in paradise? This 16th annual celebration of The Aloha State’s craft brewing heritage will feature tastings from local and U.S. West Coast breweries, as well as plenty of island-style cuisine from 25 Hawaiian chefs. And, yes, at some point you may be called upon to hula. http://www.konabrewersfestival.com/

This is one of the Big Island Festivals that I have yet to attend and hopefully this year I might be able to check it out.

The Kona Brewers Festival is an annual event held each March designed to promote the craft brewing revolution in Hawaii, encourage professional brewers and chefs to work together as an industry and have a positive economic and environmental effect on the community.

Media Release:

The 16th annual Kona Brewers Festival indulges craft beer aficionados on Hawaii’s Big Island Saturday, March 12, 2011, tapping up 70 types of ales and lagers served alongside a cornucopia of island style cuisine from 25 Hawaii chefs. The sell-out event, presented by Sunetric, Keauhou Veterinary Hospital and First Hawaiian Bank, features craft beer, gourmet food, live music and entertainment outdoors at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach

Hotel luau grounds in Kailua-Kona from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Kona Brewers Festival is the headline event of a multi-day celebration that includes a beer and food pairing dinner at the Keauhou Beach Resort Thursday, March 10; a charity golf tournament at Big Island Country Club Friday, March 11; and a Walk/Run for Hops race Saturday morning, March 12.

Kona Brewers Festival – Saturday, March 12

Each of 35 breweries from Hawaii and the mainland United States taps up two types of beer, ranging in style and flavor to delight the palate of every craft beer connoisseur. Chefs from 25 of the Big Island’s top restaurants serve sweet and savory tastes of island-style food, from fresh fish and barbecued meats to decadent desserts. A hula and oli (chant) kick off the event. Two stages with live music entertain festival-goers throughout the day. The annual Trash Fashion Show, designed to raise awareness of the importance of recycling, shows off whimsical attire made entirely from recycled material.

Tickets to the Kona Brewers Festival Main Event on Saturday are available in advance only. Cost is $55 and includes a commemorative event mug, eight four ounce brew tasting coupons, unlimited samplings of gourmet cuisine and an afternoon of entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase online in mid- January at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com ($5 fee).

Brewers’ Pa’ina Beer and Food Pairing Dinner – Thursday, March 10

A special beer and food pairing dinner, The Brewers’ Pa’ina, jump starts the weekend of craft beer tasting Thursday, March 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., hosted by the Keauhou Beach Resort. The feast is served oceanside under the stars, and each course is expertly paired with a different Kona Brewing Company beer. Many of the dishes incorporate beer as an ingredient. Tickets, which include unlimited beer, food and gratuity, are $60. Check the festival website beginning mid-January for purchasing information,  www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Kona Brewers Fest Golf Open – Friday, March 11

The fifth annual Kona Brewers Fest Golf Open tees off Friday, March 11, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at Big Island Country Club. Golfers of all levels are welcome to play at this four-person scramble using the Peoria scoring system, a popular format for one-day friendly tournaments because it evens the competition. The event benefits Hawaii Montessori School at Kona. The $150 ticket price includes 18 holes of golf, greens fees and cart, welcome bag, continental breakfast, box lunch and awards ceremony with pupus. Check the festival website beginning mid-January for registration information, www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Run for the Hops 5K / 10K – Saturday, March 12

The day of beer tasting takes off with a running start at the “Run for the Hops” 5K / 10K run/walk on Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 a.m. Presented by Bike Works and benefiting Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH), the run begins and ends at Kona Brewing Company. Entry fee is $25 and includes a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, award ceremony and beer tasting following the race. Check the festival website for updates on registration information, www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew Competition

Also planned in conjunction with festival events is the Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew

Competition, a local competition sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association. Judges evaluate the entries using the AHA National Style Guidelines for 28 different styles of beers, meads and ciders. For information visit http://konabrewcontest.googlepages.com.

The Kona Brewers Festival is a community fundraising event made possible by the Bill Healy Foundation that promotes the craft brewery revolution in Hawaii and encourages professional brewers and chefs to work together. The event raises funds for environmental, educational and cultural organizations. It has raised $400,000 over the past 15 years. For information on any of the festival events, visit www.KonaBrewersFestival.com or call 808-331-3033.

Kona Brewers Festival… Saturday, March 13th

2009 Kona Brewers Festival Next Saturday

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An annual event designed to promote the microbrewery revolution in Hawai’i, to encourage professional brewers and chefs to work together as an industry and to have a significant and positive economic and environmental effect on the community.

We invite you to the 14th Annual Kona Brewers Festival Saturday, March 14, 2009, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
On the shores of Kailua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i
King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
75-5660 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i

MORE INFO HERE