Hawaii Nui Brewing Announces Andy Baker as New President and CEO

The board of Hawai‘i Nui Brewing LLC announces the appointment of Andy Baker as president and chief executive officer of Hawai‘i Nui Brewing.

Andy Baker has been appointed president and CEO of Hilo-based Hawai‘i Nui Brewing. One of the largest independent brewers in the state, it is currently the only bottler of craft beer in Hawai‘i .

“Andy Baker brings a wealth of experience and vital relationships in the beer industry to the position and is poised to expand the brewery and its market share in Hawai‘i,” said Nina Lytton, co-founder and chair of Hawai‘i Nui Brewing LLC.

Hawai‘i Nui Brewing’s board of directors appointed Baker to the position after accepting the resignation of co-founder Keith Kinsey, who is stepping down as the brewery’s president due to personal reasons. “Andy Baker has been an integral part of the Hawai‘i Nui Brewing’s foundation and growth and is well-qualified to lead the company into further growth and expansion,” Kinsey said.

Hawai‘i Nui Brewing is one of the largest independent brewers in the state and is currently the only bottler of craft beer in Hawai‘i, with 100% of its beers brewed and bottled in Hawai‘i. Baker is a company co-founder and has been the brewery’s vice president of sales since its inception in 2007. Under Baker’s leadership, Hawai‘i Nui Brewing has experienced significant sales growth in five years. He has managed statewide distributor operations, including shipping, warehousing inventory and sales efforts in conjunction with Paradise Beverages; handled all new Hawai‘i business development primarily in the restaurant and hospitality industries; executed new brand roll-outs with distributor, sales personnel and retailers; and coordinated legislative efforts and Hawai‘i State liquor law issues.

Baker has almost 30 years of experience in marketing, promotions and sales in the beer industry in Hawai‘i and has forged an invaluable number of business relationships in the state and across the nation. His experience includes working at Eagle Distributors for twelve years, Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawai‘i, and as director of sales & marketing at Kona Brewing Company. Over the decades, Baker has directed media advertising, handled corporate sponsorship and community relations activities, managed point-of-sale inventory and oversaw financial aspects of marketing. Among his accomplishments is the creation of in house promotional programs that resulted in record growth. One of Baker’s programs was adopted by Anheuser-Busch nationally for its O’Doul’s brand.

Baker, a Honolulu resident, ran his own marketing company with several past craft beer clients, including Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Gordon Biersch, and Blue Moon Brewing. To promote craft beers, he started beer tasting events such as “Hops & Grinds” in 2004 and “House of Brews” in 2006. He also started beer dinners such as “The Brewer’s Table,” working with various restaurants and executive chefs in creating a menu of food and beer pairings. As the host of these events, Baker would educate guests about the nuances of craft beer and the art of beer tasting.

His community service includes being on the board of directors for Trinity Christian School and a past president of the Hawai‘i Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Baker is a graduate of Kalani High School in Honolulu and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Studies – Business Management from the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu.

Hawai‘i Nui Brewing, LLC

Hawai‘i Nui Brewing LLC was formed in May 2007 with the purchase of Keoki Brewing of Lihue, Kaua‘i. With the re-branding of the company’s flagship brands – Kaua‘i Golden Ale and Sunset Amber Ale – the brewery has enjoyed significant sales growth over the past five years. In January 2009, Hawai‘i Nui Brewing joined forces with Mehana Brewing in Hilo, merging the two companies into one operation with unified brand management. The brewery operates out of a 6,700-square-foot facility in Hilo, Hawai‘i, and offers the most diverse year-round portfolio of beer styles of any major beer brand sold in the state. Hawai‘i Nui Brewing has won seven national and international awards for its beer over the last two years.

Eat Local… Drink Local – Locavore Brewer’s Dinner

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Hawai’i Nui Brewing Company Proudly presents: Locavore Brewer’s Dinner. Locally Brewed, Locally Grown. Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Coast Grille.

House made bar snacks, grilled curry rubbed chicken sate paired with Volcano Red Ale, tako salad paired with Southern Cross Belgian Style Ale, nairagi sashimi paired with Tsunami Ipa, guava braised pork shoulder paired with Hapa Brown Ale and ginger crab cakes paired with Kauai Golden Ale.

  • Friday, Febuary 3, 2012
  • $46.00 inclusive
  • Call 808-880-1111 for reservations

Hawai’i Nui Brewing’s Hapa Brown Ale Wins Silver Medal in World Beer Cup

Sponsors Note:

Hawai’i Nui Brewing recently claimed a silver medal in the Brewers Association (BA) World Beer Cup® 2010, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers being produced in the world today.

Award winning Hawai'i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale -- bold, rich and inviting!

Gold, silver and bronze medals in the competition’s 90 beer-style categories were awarded April 10, 2010, during the World Beer Cup Gala Awards Dinner in Chicago.

Hawai’i Nui Brewing was awarded a silver medal in the “American-Style Brown Ale” beer style category for its Hapa Brown Ale.

Hapa is an American Brown Ale, which originated in the British style of blending different beers to create a single unique brew. It is dark mahogany-colored, bold, and has a rich malty backbone with balanced hop bitterness. Hawai’i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale was one of 40 entries in the American-Style Brown Ale category.

The silver medal is testament to Hawai’i Nui Brewing’s commitment to brewing and bottling the finest hand-crafted ales and lagers in Hawai’i. Our staff is made up of beer enthusiasts who banded together to create an exquisite brown ale that complements the tropical lifestyle in Hawai’i.

World Beer Cup 2010 winners were selected by an international panel of 179 beer judges from 27 countries. An impressive field of 3,401 entries from 642 breweries in 44 countries made up the competition. More than 3,800 breweries in 100 countries were invited to compete.

The World Beer Cup has been held every other year since 1996 and is presented by the Brewers Association. Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade and education association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 20,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association. Consumers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com. Visit WorldBeerCup.org for additional World Beer Cup information.

Hawai'i Nui Brewing's winning team: production manager Chris Heit, president Keith Kinsey, brewers John Walsh and Kaiao Archer

Congratulations to our team on a job well done. Mahalo to Brewers John Walsh and Kaiao Archer and to production manager Chris Heit.

Just a Quick Mahalo To Hawaii Nui Brewing Company


I just got back from the Hawaii Nui Brewing company and I will be blogging about that a bit later.

I just wanted to say thanks to Keith Kinsey the Founder & President of Hawaii Nui Brewing for the tour that he gave me of the facility.

You can read more about my tour of the place when I have a chance to catch up on some other things I’m doing today.

Hawaii Nui Brews

Humpback Blue Beer… Tiny Bubbles

So in another installment and salute to my sponsor Hawaii Nui Brewing, I thought I would sample another one of their fine beers tonight.

Humpback Blue Beer

I’m not sure exactly why it’s called a “Blue” beer as it appeared to me more of a dark, rich, brown beer… of course that could have been the lighting.  One of the things I liked about it… It had lots of “Tiny Bubbles”.

This beer is pretty good.  I think I need to drink more then just one or two of these beers to figure out which one I want to go with when I start picking up my hard earned brews.

Humpback Blue Beer

Here is my previous post  of another “Sample” of their beers:

Welcome to the World “Hapa Brown Ale”

Hawaii Nui Brewing
Big Island Brewing company Hawaii Nui Brewing has introduced a new label to it’s stock of premium beers.

…Available on draught all over the islands, Hapa Brown Ale has really caught on in Hawai’i.

The production crew was proud to put this beer in bottle and have it released to the market. It signifies another step forward for Hawai’i Nui Brewing. We look forward to the next one…


Picture from Aloha IBU Blog: http://alohaibu.wordpress.com/

You can learn more about this new brew and see pictures of their new “baby” here.

Sample… Sample…

Mehana and Friends

Mehana and Friends

So I mentioned the other day that local Big Island Brew Company Hawaii Nui Brewing will be sponsoring this blog.

Hawaii Nui Brewing

I guess before I seal the deal… I need to figure out which premium beers of theirs is my favorite.

cash and carry

Pahoa Cash & Carry

I’m fortunate that Cash & Carry here in Pahoa happens to be the only place in Pahoa that carries the Hawaii Nui Brews, AND they will sell them by the individual bottle.  You can find a list of places they sell them throughout all of the Hawaii Islands here.

Mehana Hawaii Lager

Mehana Hawaii Lager

Tonight I picked up three singles of three different types of their beer.  I’m sampling the Mehana Hawaii Lager tonight.

It’s a great tasting beer, but before I jump to conclusions and say this is the one for me… I will be trying all of their beers before I figure out which one I want to go with.  Knowing me… I’ll probably like them all and won’t be able to decide!

When Blogging Becomes Your Job… or NOT!

I’ve had a few people ask me why I removed a few blogs from the FBI Blog site.

I will reiterate that the FBI Blog site was set up for folks who want to post their own thoughts.  Not thoughts of others, not thoughts that could be paid for, and not thoughts that are sponsored.

When you start accepting money from folks and then allow them to post on your site… it becomes a very slippery slope that becomes a very difficult turn to get back to the reality of the world of blogging your own thoughts without pissing off sponsors.

People then ask… Well you have ads on your blog does that create a conflict of interest?

Well of course I have ads on my blog… it’s my blog!  However, I don’t blog about things other then things that interest me.  If my advertisers/sponsors choose to quit advertising on my blog then so be it!

My blog has always been my blog… and not something to profit from.  Now that it has more then 3 readers a day… I figure I could make my blog a win/win situation while I’m unemployed now.

I certainly can’t take cash for anything… as I’d hate for my blog to become a job.  My blog is a hobby!

I will say it once again…  I will not allow random google ads, and I will not suffice what I blog about because of my advertisers.

I’m currently working with Hawaii Nui Brewing to create a “Sponsorship” of this blog so that I can give free beer away to friends that drink it and keep a full fridge for myself when I choose to put a brew down.

So if you start reading me talking bullshit about Budweiser, Miller Lite, and Coors and talking good stuff about our local beers… you will know why!

I feel 100% positive about adding sponsors to my blog and not taking cash for putting their ad on my blog.

I’m a big believer in social networking and I think the Big Island has a lot to give to this world.

I’m willing to work with any local company during this economic downturn to help local companies increase their profits.  I believe it’s a win/win situation.

Farmers markets around the world are based on bartering systems.

Think local, support local, buy local… but go GLOBAL!

Click per ad… bah humbug!

Give something away you like to do… hopefully something will come back in return.  If you don’t give… you won’t receive.

Think about it folks… My blog is my blog… I don’t have to open up my “Diary of Thoughts” to the world.  I have chosen to do it… my as well get compensated for some of my stupid thoughts… even if it’s a beer or two!

Mahalo to Hawaii Nui Brewing for becoming a “Sponsor” of my blog.

Some folks think that writing a blog and then getting people to link to your site and then click on your ad is the way to go for advertising.

I’ve always felt… be honest… write what you know… speak from  your heart and just do what you want to do.

If you blog to get paid… it isn’t going to work.

Be yourself and look global.