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Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii — The Kona Brewers Festival turns 21 on March 12th, raising funds through the celebration of handcrafted beers and local cuisine in a sustainable community gathering at the King Kamehameha’s Courtyard Kona Beach Hotel luau grounds in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The festival indulges craft beer aficionados with 72 selections of ales and lagers served up with a wide variety of island-style cuisine from 36 Hawaii chefs.… Continue reading

Beneficiary Applications Open

BENEFICIARY INVITATION 21st Annual Kona Brewers Festival Saturday, March 12th, 2016 Mahalo for your support of the Kona Brewers Festival: Hawaii’s favorite celebration of island style cuisine and craft beer. Over the past 20 years, this benefit has raised $850,000 for Hawaii Island charities working on behalf of youth, environmental conservation, and cultural traditions. You’re generous volunteer contributions are essential to the success of this beloved Festival. Kona Brewers Festival… Continue reading

Kona Brewers Festival Turns 20

Press The 2015 Kona Brewers Festival, held on March 12-14, was an amazing success for our 20th anniversary. Not only did we raise a record amount of funds for our beneficiaries, we garnered some great press from craft brew bloggers, local journalists and trade magazines. Below are links to the articles and posts: Front page West Hawaii Today “Brewers Festival Turns 20” Honolulu Sun Times– “Kona Brewers Festival Marks 20 Years”… Continue reading

53 Craft Brewers Announced for 2015 Kona Brew Fest!

For the 20th Annual Brewer’s Festival we are pleased to announce an enticing line up of 53 craft breweries who are set to pour two different types of beer to our guests who are attending from around the world to taste their wares. We thank these purveyors of hand crafted brew for their participation this year! All hail the ale! Who’s Pouring and What They Are Pouring! Angry Orchard – Angry… Continue reading

2015 Pa’ina Dinner and Beer Pairing Menu

How do you create an incredible menu for the annual Kona Brewer’s Festival Pa’ina dinner?  By tasting craft beers and finding the perfect local cuisine to match.  Executive Chef Roy Basilio, Honu’s on the Beach Restaurant at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, recently sat down with the Kona brewers who are providing the beer for the Pa’ina Dinner to sample the various beers being poured for the dinner to create… Continue reading

Brewer’s Pa’ina and Art Auction Blends Culture, Craft Brew and Cuisine

Kicking off the celebration of the Kona Brewers Festival is the Brewer’s Pa’ina being held on Thursday March 12 from 6-8:30 pm at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel luau grounds. The Pa’ina, which translates to “feast” in the Hawaiian language, is the Kona Brewers Festival annual ocean-side culinary dining event served under the stars with each course expertly paired with Kona Brewing Company beers. Most dishes feature fresh,… Continue reading

Kona Brewer’s Festival Announces 2015 Beneficiaries

From March 11-14, 2015, thousands of craft beer lovers will descend upon Kona for the Kona Brewers Festival. Bringing together beer aficionados, island-cuisine enthusiasts and fun lovers alike, everyone comes for a good time. However, one of the most important aspects of the Festival is more significant than beer and culinary pairings. For the past 20 years, as the Kona Brewers Festival flourished, it has also succeeded in raising $742,000 for… Continue reading

Sustainability on Display at the Kona Brewers Festival

The Kona Brewer’s Festival prides itself on being a leader in the sustainability movement for the Big Island of Hawaii; celebrating 20 years of taking care of the aina and having great fun too! Trash Fashion Show The Trash Fashion Show has been an integral part of the Kona Brewer’s Festival line-up since 1995. The show  has become a Festival highlight, enjoyed by over 3000 people every year. Guests admire… Continue reading

Kona Brewer’s Festival Announces Bluegrass Bands for “Brews and Blues” Concert

The Kona Brewer’s Festival is blending brews and blues this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Festival.  We are excited to announce our line up for the “Brews and Blues” concert on Friday March 13th starting at 7:30 pm at the luau grounds at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel -The Aloha Bluegrass and the Whipstitch Sallies! The Aloha Bluegrass Band hails from the mainland U.S. and Alaska… Continue reading

Kona Brewers Fest Taps Up March 14, 2015

The 20th annual Kona Brewers Festival indulges craft beer aficionados on Hawaii’s Big Island Saturday, March 14, 2015, tapping up 80 types of ales and lagers served alongside a cornucopia of island-style cuisine from 40 Hawaii chefs. The sell-out event, presented by Kona Brewing Company, Alaska Airlines, First Hawaiian Bank and Keauhou Veterinary Hospital, features craft beer, gourmet food, live music and entertainment at King Kamehameha’s Courtyard Kona Beach Hotel… Continue reading

Kona Brewfest: what’s being poured?

Want to know what your favorite brewer will be pouring at Kona Brewfest 2014? These breweries will be serving the following beers (and ciders) at this year’s festival: Bayern Brewing, Inc.: Bayern Helles Lager, Bad Santa Eis Bock Bear Republic Brewing Company: Racer 5 IPA, Peter Brown Tribute Ale Big Island Brewhaus: The Red Sea of Cacao, Overboard IPA Boston Beer Company: Rebel IPA, Angry Orchard Hard Cider Breakside Brewery:… Continue reading

We’re honored to work with artist Kuhao Zane in 2014

Every year we feature an artist who designs the logo and sets the stage for the festival to come. This year we’re honored to work with Kuhao Zane. The bold orange logo he developed captures the celebration and natural live spirit of Kona Brewfest with the lehua blossom, our official island flower. Here he shares his beautiful memories of good times in Kona: Kailua Kona….  Still to this day there… Continue reading

Kona Brewers Festival tickets to go on sale at 3 pm HST, January 14, 2014

KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL TICKETS TO GO ON SALE AT 3 PM, 1/31/14  Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii — Tickets for Kona Brewers Festival will be available January 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm HST online at: or in person at Kona Brewing Company’s Kailua-Kona pub and its Koko Marina pub in Hawaii Kai on Oahu. The event, to happen Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 2:30 to 6:30 pm, boasts a top-notch roster of some of the country’s… Continue reading

Check out the Rockstar Roster of brewers attending Brewfest 2014

Breweries have been selected and notified for the 19th annual Kona Brewers Festival on Hawaii’s Big Island. The event, to happen Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 2:30 to 6:30 pm boasts a top-notch roster of some of the biggest names in brewing today. The lineup of brewers attending is: • Honolulu Beerworks • Big Island Brewhaus • Kauai Island Brewing Co • Breakside Brewery • Omission • Square Mile Cider… Continue reading


Only 9 days left to post a photo of yourself by Jan. 25 and win a trip to Kona Brewers Festival Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, January 15, 2014 — All beer lovers have a photo of themselves drinking a big frosty pint at their favorite brewery. Now, that photo could earn a free round trip ticket to Kona Brewers Festival on Hawaii’s Big Island Saturday, March 8, 2014 from… Continue reading

Save on airfare to Kona by using the Alaska Airlines discount!

Dreaming of flying to Hawaii for Kona Brewfest but not sure where to get the best deal on airfare? Alaska Airlines has made coming to Hawaii easier on the wallet by offering all Kona Brewfest attendees a special discount. As a partner of Kona Brewer’s Festival, Alaska Airlines will fly you to the best brewers festival in Hawaii and back at 5% off! Known for providing service that’s North of… Continue reading

Registration window is now open for breweries and restaurants, now through Jan. 17, 2014

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Sally Murdoch King (503) 735-5943, REGISTRATION WINDOW IS NOW OPEN FOR KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL BREWERIES AND RESTAURANTS Kona Brewers Festival celebrates craft beer and island cuisine on March 8, 2014 Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii — Registration is now open for the 19th annual Kona Brewers Festival for both breweries and restaurants wishing to participate. The event will indulge craft beer aficionados and foodies… Continue reading

Alaska Airlines BrewFest Contest

      You’ve always wanted to attend the Kona Brewers Festival, but how about going for free? They say a photo’s worth 1000 words, but in this case it may be worth over $1000 in airfare… to Hawai for BrewFest 2014! Got your attention yet? All you’ve got to do is shoot a photo of yourself enjoying a pint at your local tavern, brewery or restaurant, anywhere Alaska Airlines… Continue reading

Our Festival Gets Greener Every Year

If you were to host an all-day party for 2,000 of your friends and family, how much trash do you think you’d generate? If you were talking about the Kona Brewer’s Festival, then zero would be your answer, especially with sustainability coordinator Krista Donaldson at the helm. Donaldson has brought Kona Brewers Festival to the point where it pre-cycles, recycles and composts 90% of the waste from 2,000 volunteers, servers… Continue reading

Business Partners for Good

Sponsorship of the Kona Brewers Festival is a powerful marketing tool that aligns your company’s name, logo, products and services with one of Hawaii’s premier events. Our professional and innovative team can create a unique package that is custom-designed to support your business objectives. Since it’s inception in 1995, the Kona Brewers Festival has donated $650,000 to non-profit organizations. Your investment will not only showcase your company as a leader… Continue reading

Ready for Brews on the Big Rock?

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Sally Murdoch King (503) 735-5943, READY FOR BREWS ON THE BIG ROCK? Kona Brewers Festival celebrates craft beer and island cuisine on March 8, 2014 Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii — The 19th annual Kona Brewers Festival will indulge both craft beer aficionados and foodies alike on Hawaii’s Big Island Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. The annual fundraising event, held… Continue reading