KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THE “NEXT ROUND,” A FESTIVAL OF CRAFT BREWS TO BE ENJOYED TOGETHER, IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING, EDUCATION, AND CELEBRATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

From: Summer Carrick

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KAILUA-KONA-The Kona Brewers Festival moves into 2018 as a million-dollar plus fundraiser for local organizations serving the environment, education, culture and youth over its’ twenty-two-year history. Festival goers remember the feel - good beer, great food, trash fashion, and fun in the sun, but coming together to celebrate craft beer is just the beginning. The Springtime event is a tremendous collaboration of more than 500 people from various groups and businesses and remains focused on community and natural resources. After testing a shorter two session format for the past two years, the Kona Brewers Festival will join all ticket holders together into one extended session on March 10, 2018.  New this year will be an upgraded ticket that allows access to Honu’s Tap Room and Lounge for a special connoisseurs area with additional tastes and activities.

The day kicks off with the Run for Hops, a fun, family-friendly 5k run/walk and 10k run that helps support the Kona Brewers Festival beneficiary organizations and the PATH Bike Safety Education Program for Hawaii Island. In a spirit of Pualu (working together), 36 chefs and 36 brewers showcase their tastes on the beautiful luau grounds of the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

Tickets:

General Admission, 3:00pm to 7:00pm, $85 to support island beneficiary organizations focused on environment, education, culture and youth and include.

  • Admission to the four-hour festival
  • Commemorative glass mug
  • Ten brew tasting coupons
  • Unlimited sampling of gourmet cuisine
  • An afternoon of entertainment including the legendary Trash Fashion show and some of Hawaii’s best musical groups

A limited number of Honu’s Taproom and Lounge Connoisseurs Tickets are available at a cost of $185 to support island beneficiary organizations. These upgraded tickets include all General Admission amenities plus admission to the festival and Honu’s Taproom & Lounge for a five-hour festival.  Honu tickets offer special beer and food pairings, entertainment, air conditioned seating, educational talks by local brewers, and access to move between the Lounge and general areas make this ticket the best for connoisseurs and extreme beer lovers, while further supporting the fundraising efforts of the festival.  The Lounge is open from 2:00pm-4:30pm.

The festival is made possible by more than 15 non-profits who donate their volunteers to staff the event.  In turn, festival proceeds provide a financial gift to fund local work year-round. “All the Beneficiaries volunteer in some way to make the Kona Brewers Festival a success.” Said Kate Jacobson, Executive Director of the Kona Brewers Festival, “These non-profit organizations do critical work to make our Island and the world a better place. We really want our island community to get to know that work through this festival. The beneficiary section of our website as well as our downloadable mobile app help connect the issues and causes to the party.”

In addition to funding some of the best island programs, this special event on the shores of Kamakahonu Bay diverts 90% of festival waste from landfills, much of it becoming soil for Hawaii Island school gardens.  The Kona Brewers Festival proudly accepted the 2017 Hawaii Green Business Award, and to offset the carbon impact of flying to Honolulu to accept the award, Rolinia trees were given to Beneficiary organizations to plant throughout the island.

After 22 years operating under the auspices of the Oregon based, Bill Healy Foundation, the Kona Brewers Festival is proud to announce the launch of their very own Ke Kai Ala Foundation, a locally based foundation created to advance the values of the Kona Brewers Festival.

Ke Kai Ala and Kona Brewers Festival values include:

Community collaboration – cultivating aloha among diverse groups through celebration that benefits nonprofits

Sustainable Legacy – perpetuating a model of interconnectedness between humans, culture and environment

Responsible Guidance – acting with integrity and generosity for future generations

Ke Kai Ala represents the path to the sea, and our responsibility as island residents to the aina and all things connected.

Location:

Courtyard King Kamehmeha's Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua Kona Village

Dates:

Ticket Sales: December 16, 2017 at 11am (HST)

Online Only, www.konabrewersfestival.com

General Admission Ticket Holders: March 10, 2018 3:00pm-7:00pm

Honu’s Tap Room & Lounge Ticket Holders: March 10, 2018 2:00pm-4:30pm

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

The day of beer tasting takes off with a running start at the “Run for the Hops” 5K / 10K run/ walk.  Presented by Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH), the run begins and ends at BMW of Hawaii. Entry fee is $30 and includes a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, award ceremony and beer tasting following the race. Registration is open at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Homebrew Competition – Saturday, March 10

The Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew Competition is a local competition sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association, recognizing the most outstanding beer, mead and cider produced by amateur brewers.  Judges come from all over the United States to evaluate entries for 28 different styles. The Best of Show Winner for beer will have the name of their brew engraved on a plaque mounted to the Kona Barrel trophy at Kona Brewing Company’s Pub in Kailua-Kona.  Ribbons with Medallions are awarded in 28 categories.  Entries must be registered by the cutoff date at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL RAISES MORE THAN ONE MILLION FOR ISLAND PROGRAMS

KAILUA-KONA-The annual Kona Brewers Festival Pau Hana Celebration, held Saturday, celebrated recipients and the $100,000 in funds raised by the 22nd Kona Brewers Festival.  Over the 22 years, $1,065,000 has been gifted to local organizations serving youth, the environment and cultural programs.

Festival goers remember the feel-good beer, fashion, and fun in the sun, but coming together to celebrate craft beer is just the beginning. The Springtime event is a tremendous collaboration of more than 700 people from various groups and businesses. Beginning with the 40 chefs and 40 brewers working together to showcase their work, a pre-festival 5K/10K brings athletes and recreational family participants together to celebrate health and access to trails.  In addition, the festival is made possible by more than 20 non-profits who donate their volunteers to staff the event.  In turn, festival proceeds provide a financial gift to fund local work year-round. “All the Beneficiaries volunteer in some way to make the Kona Brewers Festival a success.” Said Kate Jacobson, Executive Director of the Kona Brewers Festival, “We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the important work these people do to make the world a better place.”

In addition to funding some of the best island programs, this special event on the shores of Kailua Bay diverts 90% of festival waste from landfills, much of it becoming soil for Hawaii Island school gardens.  The Kona Brewers Festival proudly accepted the 2017 Hawaii Green Business Award, and to offset the carbon impact of flying to Honolulu to accept the award, Rolinia trees were given to Beneficiary organizations to plant throughout the island.

After 22 years of working under the auspices of the Bill Healey Foundation, The Kona Brewers Festival announced the launch of the Ke Kai Ala Foundation, a locally based foundation created to advance the values of the Kona Brewers Festival.  Ke Kai Ala and Kona Brewers Festival values include:

Community collaboration – cultivating aloha among diverse groups through celebration that benefits nonprofits

Sustainable Legacy – perpetuating a model of interconnectedness between humans, culture and environment

Responsible Guidance – acting with integrity and generosity for future generations

The 23rd Annual Kona Brewers Festival will be held on March 10, 2018.  Watch for tickets to this sell-out event in December 2017.

2017 Beneficiaries

ACF Chefs Association

Ahuena Heiau

Aloha Performing Arts Company

Edible World Institute

Explorations Foundation

Family Support Hawaii

Friends of NELHA

Hamakua Harvest

Hawaii Wildlife Fund

HELP (Healthy Eating Living Pono)

Honaunau Elementary School

Innovations Charter School

Kahilu Theatre

Kai 'Ehitu Outrigger Team

Kai Opua Canoe Club

Ke Kai Ola

Ke Kula Ke Ehunuikaimalino

Kealakehe Project Grad

Keauhou Outrigger Canoe Club

Kona Pacific Charter School

Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation

North Kohala Community Resource Ctr

People's Advocacy for Trails Hawaii

South Kona Education for the Arts

Kona Brewers Festival Announces Participating Restaurants

Photo by Grains & Yeast

Photo by Grains & Yeast

The Kona Brewers Festival has a tradition of going above and beyond the average Beer Fest menu.  The Big Island's very best Chefs join us to show off their best pairings and culinary delights year after year.  We've enjoyed unique dishes such as deep fried avocado, macaroni grilled cheese with truffle, steamed clams and fresh Island Poke.  The best part is that you can taste all your heart desires without reaching into your wallet.  Unlimited tastes are included in the ticket purchase, while supplies last.

There’s an App for That!

We are pleased to announce the Official mobile app of Kona Brewers Festival.  Download now for:

-Breweries, Restaurants, and Sponsors
- Event Schedule with ability to create personal notifications
- Detailed info about event
- Map with routing functionality
- Social event feed
- Ability to chat with other event attendees right within the app

Be sure to check the app during the event for contests and giveaways!

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Cheers!

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What will we be drinking on March 11, 2017?

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A whole lot of incredible beer. Eighty six styles from all over the United States and the Hawaiian Islands. Check the Beer List 2017 to see what's so special about our 22nd Craft Brew Lineup!

Beer List 2017

Ka Po’e … The People – Announcing the 2017 Beneficiaries

Festival proceeds benefit Island programs focused on environment, youth and culture. All of the beneficiaries contribute to the success of the Kona Brewers Festival by recruiting volunteers and professional expertise. Careful evaluation is made to ensure that these organizations effectively achieve their goals and meet critical needs in our community. Priority is given to groups that share resources as well as continually strive to improve and create collaborative programs. Mahalo to our 2017 Beneficiaries.  We are honored to work with you.

ACF Chefs de Cuisine Kona Kohala Chapter

ACF Chefs

Ahuena Heiau

Aloha Performing Arts Company

Edible World Institute

Explorations Foundation

Family Support Hawaii

Friends of NELHA

Hamakua Harvest

Nā Wai Iwi Ola (NWIO) Foundation

Hawaii Wildlife Fund

HELP (Healthy Eating Living Pono)

Honaunau Elementary School

Innovations Public Charter School

Kahilu Theatre

Ke Kai Ola: Saving the Hawaiian Monk Seal

Ke Kula ‘o ‘Ehunuikamalino

Kealakehe Project Grad

Keauhou Canoe Club

Innovations Public Charter School

Kona Pacific Public Charter School

Lavaroots Performing Arts

Na Wai Iwi Ola Foundation

Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawai`i (PATH)

Society for Kona’s Education and Art (SKEA)

The 2017 Festival Art: Pen and Ink tell a Story of our Island and Traditions

KBF_16112_2017_AG_FullThe Kona Brewers Festival keeps a strong focus on art, culture, tradition and the ”Makers” who keep these elements alive. The Makers create our beloved frothy brew, the farmers grow the food prepared by our best Island Chefs, the Musicians keep us dancing, the Storytellers and local Artists present the beloved Trash Fashion Show. In addition, a Hawaii Island Artist is commissioned to create the visual story that marks each new year, setting the stage for another incredible festival.

For the 22nd Festival,  Hawaii Island Artist Alex Gupton joined Graphic Designer Kristen Burda and the KBF design team at Flint Design Co, to create this intricate scene for the 22nd Annual Kona Brewers Festival.  “After looking at the artwork from the past several years, we decided to focus on the beneficiaries,” said Graphic Artist Kristen Burda, “People tend to forget that the Festival proceeds benefit Big Island non-profit organizations. So, this year’s art represents all the important work of these great beneficiaries.”

IMG_4826This is the 10th piece conceptualized by Flint Design for the Kona Brewers Festival since 2005. “Alex’s work often consists of a bright painting that tells a main story with a secondary story told within the detailed pen and ink drawings inside the shapes and subjects," said Burda. "We felt this was a great way to communicate the rich, multi-level story we wanted to tell for the festival. Flint designed the triptych concept and beneficiary themes for each panel, and provided a sketch to Alex who then brought it to life in his artistic interpretation!”  Each panel represents the three focuses of festival beneficiaries: Environment, Culture, and Youth/Education. The groups are represented within the elements of Earth, Air, and Water. The three panels work together, one running into the next, and each may also stand individually.

The Festival is deeply rooted in the place and space of the incredible Big Island of Hawaii. “I had a picture in my mind of what I’d like to do,” fine artist Alex Gupton said, “I wanted an emphasis on the uniqueness of this island and traditions.” Look closely and find the three scenes and how they show the diversity of the island. Taro, Lava, and Water.

As a community celebration, the art has to be translated into digital formats to be enjoyed by festival goers for many years to come, in the form of T-Shirts, mugs, digital art, posters, giclee prints, and festival merchandise while still having a cohesive look and feel. So what begins with pen and ink on acrylic has to be translated into a piece with a finite palette, usually 3-5 colors. A screen has to be created for each color, so the ability to scan colors separately is important. “Alex was up for doing a bit experimenting, and settled on a transparent sheet that worked well with the pen and ink drawing," said Burda. "We were able to scan the painting and the drawing separately so we could achieve better results when translating to festival merchandise.”

IMG_5677The journey of the fine art piece to digital art is an example of the type of collaboration that the Kona Brewers Festival is famous for. “We always enjoy participating in a fine artist’s process. Learning how they work and think inspires, and helps inform our own graphic design work and expression.” said Burda. “We are very proud and honored to be a part of KBF and supporting the beneficiaries in their mission. Doing good is part of our mission at Flint and we feel strongly that Hawaii’s special and fragile environment, people and culture need this spotlight.”  See more about Flint Design HERE

Alex Gupton’s work is known for its beautiful detail and intricacies that take shape to tell profound stories. See more about Alex HERE.  Net proceeds from the sale of print reproductions, merchandise and festival tickets go directly to our beneficiaries each year.

 

Kona Brewers Festival Is Ready for Another Round

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Photo by R. Thomas

Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii — The Kona Brewers Festival is back for the 22nd annual celebration, with festivities to commence on March 11th, 2017. The highly anticipated Kona Brewers Festival is a community celebration and fundraiser benefiting Hawaii programs supporting environment, culture and youth. Craft Brewers partner with the best Island Chefs to offer the most innovative pairings in a sustainable community gathering at King Kamehameha's Courtyard Kona Beach Hotel luau grounds in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Photo by Mason Lake

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. Breweries from Hawaii and the mainland US will each offer two types of craft brews, offering something for beer novice and connoisseurs alike. Top Chefs from some of the Big Island’s favorite restaurants will offer their best food pairings, ranging from fresh fish and seafood, vegan and vegetarian delights, smoked meats, deep fried avocados and tropical sweets.

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Photo by Case Haynie

More than 600 volunteers carry the event, taking special care to use sustainable supplies like tealeaf plates and reusable and compostable goods. Good food, good beer, and good community is enjoyed Hawaii Style against a backdrop of ocean views, white sands, and passing canoes at the historic and important Kamakahonu Bay Beach.

Live music and entertainment include the must-see Trash Fashion Show, a performance that highlights creative fashions made entirely from recycled material. Festival volunteers divert over 90% of festival waste from landfill by transforming refuse into composted soil for local school gardens. The Kona Brewers Festival has raised awareness, visibility, and $965,000 for over 40 non-profit and community organizations supporting the wellbeing of Hawaii Island.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Afternoon Session, Noon - 3:00pm

Sunset Session, 4:30pm - 7:30pm

Tickets On-Sale Saturday, December 17, 2016 11am (HST).

Tickets are $75 and include a commemorative event mug, seven four-ounce brew tasting coupons, unlimited samplings of gourmet cuisine, an afternoon of entertainment, and support dollars for more than 20 island programs doing good work. Tickets are available for purchase online on at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com ($5 fee).

Run for the Hops 5K / 10K – Saturday, March 11

gcd_5829The day of beer tasting takes off with a running start at the “Run for the Hops” 5K / 10K run/ walk on Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 a.m. Presented by Bike Works and benefiting Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH), the run begins and ends at BMW of Hawaii. Entry fee is $30 and includes a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, award ceremony and beer tasting following the race. Registration is open at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Homebrew Competition – Saturday, March 11

best-of-showThe Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew Competition is a local competition sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association, recognizing the most outstanding beer, mead and cider produced by amateur brewers. Judges come from all over the United States to evaluate entries for 28 different styles. The Best of Show Winner for beer will have the name of their brew engraved on a plaque mounted to the Kona Barrel trophy at Kona Brewing Company’s Pub in Kailua-Kona. Ribbons with Medallions are awarded in 28 categories. Entries must be registered January 21-February 25, 2017 at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com.

Trash Fashion Show is a Fun, Fab Expression of Creative Action for Change

Are You Ready to Strut Your Stuff in the Kona Brewers Festival Trash Fashion Show?

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Photo by Kirk Shorte

The Trash Fashion Show has become an exciting part of the Kona Brewers Festival thanks to the participation of many creative, eco conscience, and resourceful individuals. Outfits range from the plain in-your-face rubbish that one finds in our daily trashcan, to couture fashion that looks like something off the runway. The music and commentary are carefully chosen in order to deliver a seamless message.

To get involved in the Trash Fashion Show at the Kona Brewers Festival, contact Thalia@konabrewersfestival.com.

Photo by Kirk Shorte

Brewers and Chefs Work Together for 72 Pairings You Won’t Forget

Photo by Kirk Shorte

Photo by Kirk Shorte

Breweries and Restaurants are registering now to provide the Brews and Tastes that make the Kona Brewers Festival the most highly anticipated food festival of the year.

Each year, Breweries and Restaurants donate their talents and hard work to offer both perfected classics and the most innovative new brews and dishes.  Participating Restaurants and Breweries enjoy the unique opportunity to celebrate food and beer in community, while raising funds to support Island work for the environment, culture and youth. In addition to ticket sales, a cash donation is made from the Bill Healy Foundation for each participating food booth.  These funds provide High School students with equipment and learning opportunities in culinary arts programs island-wide.

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Photo by Couple Cups

Festival Goers have the opportunity to discover the best Big Island restaurants and try beer styles that are new and up-and-coming.  A Kona Brewers Festival ticket gets you access to 72 styles of craft brew and 72 tastes of island style cuisine. This is the culinary event you do not want to miss.

 

Tickets available online, December 17, 2016 at 11am HST for the March 11, 2017 Festival.

Kona Brewers Festival-A Community Celebration Supporting Environment, Culture, and Youth

Photo by Mason Lake

Are you ready for another round?  Every year gets even better at the Kona Brewers Festival, and we are ready for our next party! The 22nd Kona Brewers Festival will be held March 11, 2017.  The Festival will sell tickets for two sessions:

Afternoon Session: Noon-3:00 pm

Sunset Session: 4:30-7:30 pm

The Kona Brewers Festival is a volunteer run, community celebration and fundraiser rooted in the values of a sustainable celebration created by the community, for the community.  Our values:

Photo by Case Haynie

Photo by Case Haynie

Community Collaboration – Cultivating aloha among diverse groups through celebration that benefits nonprofits

Sustainable Legacy – Perpetuating a model of interconnectedness between humans, culture and environment

Responsible Guidance – Acting with integrity and generosity for future generations

Photo by Kirke Short

Tickets include the beloved Trash Fashion Show, Live Music, and 72 tastes of the best craft beer Brewers have to offer, and 72 tastes from the most talented Big Island Chefs.  Rain or Shine, we drink, we dine, for a day of hoppy delight on the sandy shores of Kamakahonu Bay overlooking historic Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The Festival includes a Home Brewers Competition and the ever popular Run for Hops 5k run/walk. Over the past 22 years, the Kona Brewers Festival has become one of Hawaii’s premier events, raising $965,000 for Hawaii Island programs supporting Environment, Culture and Youth.  Get your tickets December 17, 2016 and join us in raising pints and funds for a better world!

The Sun Sets on the 21st Kona Brewers Festival!

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Photo by Summer Carrick

The annual Pau Hana Celebration, held Saturday, celebrated recipients and the $115,000 in funds raised by the 21st Kona Brewers Festival.  Over the 21 years, $965,000 has been gifted to local organizations serving youth, the environment and cultural programs.

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Photo by Mason Lake Photography

While festival goers leave the grounds beaming from the amazing beer, food, fun and fashion, coming together to celebrate craft beer is just the beginning of the feel-good festival. “You know that’s just the very tip of the iceberg, there is so much that goes on, so many layers to this brew fest that have an impact.” Said Cameron Healy, founder of Kona Brewing Company, “It’s so affirming to how positive and great a community there is here, and all the volunteers, all the participants, all the attendees, the sponsors, the zero waste value of this event, the trash fashion and the example and message trash fashion gives. Every year, people take away bits of inspiration.  It’s hard to describe the essence of it, but everybody has a positive impact, and of course, it creates funding.”

This special event on the shores of Kailua Bay includes a top 5 national homebrew competition, environmental education booths, a 5K/10K run, music, hula, a trash fashion show, and the signature beer and food tasting event that features 40 Hawaii Island chefs and 40 microbreweries from around the U.S. The organizers of the Kona Brewers Festival make every effort to create an event which is ecologically responsible, economically sustainable, encourages the well-being of the community, and is infused with the spirit of aloha ‘aina.

Save The Date for the 22nd Annual Kona Brewers Festival, March 11, 2017.  Tickets go on sale December 17, 2016 at 11am HST.

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2016 Beneficiaries

APAC (Aloha Performing Arts Center)

Deep and Beyond

Donkey Mill Art Center

Edible World Institute

WHEA (Explorations Foundation)

Family Support Hawaii

Friends of NELHA

Hawai'i Montessori School

HELP (Healthy Eating Learning Pono)

Honaunau Elementary School

InnovationsPCS  Foundation

Kahilu Theatre

Kealakehe Project Grad

Ke Kai Ola

Kona Pacific PCS

Lava Roots Performing Arts

PATH (People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii)

SKEA (South Kona for Arts Education)

ACF Chefs Kona Kohala

Ahuena Heiau

Kai E'Hitu Canoe Club

Kai Opua Canoe Club

Keauhou Canoe Club

Kona Athletic Club

Na Iwi Ola Foundation

Photo by Mason Lake Photography

Press

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Photo by Grains & Yeast

The 2016 Kona Brewers Festival, held March 12, 2016, was the 21st Birthday Party we had always dreamed of. Not only did we break records in our fundraising efforts for benefiting organizations, we connected with new Chefs, Brewers, Craft Brew Bloggers, Journalists and all who love beer. Read their take on what makes the Kona Brewers Festival so great!

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Photo by Grains & Yeast

West Hawaii Today " “Huge turnout greets 21st annual Kona Brewers Festival”

Grains and Yeast “Aloha From Kona Brewers Festival”

Summit Magazine “10 Brewers to Sample at the Kona Brewer’s Festival

Beer in Hawaii  " 2016 Kona Brewers Festival Beer List and Map”

Beer In Hawaii  "2016 Kona Brewers Festival Adds Second Session”

Alaska Beyond-Alaska Airline Magazine “Island Festivities” (Pg 168)

808 Plate “Five Shakas”

The Kona Brewers Festival Serves the Best of Big Island Cuisine

Paina12 copyThe Kona Brewers Festival has a proud tradition of uniting great chefs and great brewers for an island-style culinary experience like no other.  Mahalo nui loa to the 29 participating restaurants offering a variety of dishes for festival goers to pair with brews from all over Hawaii and the US.

Adaptations

Akule's Fish Supply

Umeke's Fish Market and Grill

Broke Da Mouth Grindz

Bite Me Fish Market

Buns in the Sun

Laverne's

Honu’s

Ray’s On The Bay

Don's Mai Tai

Four Seasons Hualalai at Ka'upulehu

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Cathee's Kitchen

Killer Tacos

Starbucks

Kona Coffee and Tea

Merriman's

Plantation Grill

Tropics Tap House

Edible World Institute

Pancho & Lefty's

Strawberry Patch

Gypsea Gelato

Sweet Eats

Pizza Rovers

Blue Dragon

HI Kombucha

Big Island Organics

The culinary tasting experience is included in the ticket price, so there is no reason not to try them all!

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The Kona Brewers Festival is turning 21!

 

KBF_23CrowdShot_ShorteThe Kona Brewer’s Festival offers an experience unique to Hawai‘i Island. Produced in the spirit of Pualu (working together) and Malama Pono (respecting the land), the festival draws thousands of people together to enjoy incredible craft beer, island style cuisine, great music and the company of good friends.

Win A Trip To The 2016 Kona Brewers Festival

First place photo contest winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two Kona, a two night stay in an Ocean View room at the Royal Kona Hotel, and two tickets to the 2016 Kona Brewers Festival courtesy of Mokulele Airlines. Enter HERE.

All Inclusive Packages within Hawaii, Now Available

– Round trip air for two to Kona

– Two night stay in Ocean View room at the Royal Kona Resort, March 11th & March 12th

– Two tickets to the first session of the 2016 Kona Brewers Festival 11am-2pm, March 12th

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Don't miss this Celebration

Get your Kona Brewers Festival Tickets Now: Online at www.konabrewersfestival.com, Kona Brewing Company pubs in Kona and Oahu and Brew Hawaii (479 Kinoole St in Hilo).

 

Cheers!

See What the Kona Brewers Festival Is Tapping for the 21st Annual Celebration

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The Kona Brewer’s Festival announces 2016 Beneficiaries!

KPPCSBenefitsFromKBFMahalo to our Beneficiaries for their 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. Our partnering organizations are essential to the success of this Festival, as they provide generous volunteer contributions and receive funds to support their vital programs year round.

2016 Beneficiaries

APAC (Aloha Performing Arts Center)

Deep and Beyond

Donkey Mill Art Center

WHEA (Explorations Foundation)

Family Support Hawaii

Friends of NELHA

Hawai'i Montessori School

HELP (Healthy Eating Learning Pono)

Honaunau Elementary School

InnovationsPCS  Foundation

Kahilu Theatre

Kealakehe Project Grad

Ke Kai Ola

Kona Pacific PCS

Lava Roots Performing Arts

PATH (People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii)

SKEA (South Kona for Arts Education)

ACF Chefs Kona Kohala

Ahuena Heiau

Kai E'Hitu Canoe Club

Kai Opua Canoe Club

Keauhou Canoe Club

Kona Athletic Club

Na Iwi Ola Foundation

Win a Trip for Two to the Kona Brewer’s Festival!

The Brews for a Better World Photo Contest is your chance to win a trip to share the Aloha with us this Spring at the Kona Brewers Festival in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii!

To Enter:

Take a pic showcasing your favorite craft brew between now and January 22, 2016 11:59 PM HST.

Tag @konabrewfest on Instagram or @KonaBrewersFestival on Facebook

Hashtag #KonaBrewFest

Then, sit back and enjoy your Brew.  Winner will receive a ticket for two from any destination Alaska Airlines Flies, a 3 night package at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, and two tickets to the Kona Brewers Festival on March 12, 2016. Winner will be announced on the Kona Brewers Festival Instagram and Facebook pages before January 30, 2016.

Contest Rules

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The 2016 Festival Art is in: Hand-Carved Woodblocks Tell the Story of the Kona Brewer’s Festival

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For the second year, Caren Loebel-Fried, an accomplished Big Island artist from Volcano, has collaborated with the KBF design team, Flint Design Co, to create hand-carved woodblocks featuring four stunning vignettes of the traditions that make our brew fest so special – Take a look and find: the blessing and gifts to our community,
the incredible island food from local chefs,
live music performances, and of course,
the amazing craft beers.

 

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At the center is Hawai’i Island with Caren’s beautiful interpretation of the Kona Brewer’s Festival logo.

Caren carves the individual blocks, then rolls them in black ink, covers the block with a sheet of paper and puts each one through a press to pull a final print of each block.  The prints are hand colored by Caren and then assembled into a single final art piece by Kristen Burda at Flint Design.

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Caren and Kristen developed the composition together and it includes details such a Awa leaves surrounding our beer mug - an important plant to Hawaiians, a handwoven fish net for catching opakapaka and the ti leaf wrapped Ho’okupu offered at the Heiau of King Kamehameha II. Mele leaves and native hibiscus flowers create the lei-style frame that surrounds the artwork.

Caren Loebel-Fried_CarvingConservation and culture are the foundation for Caren’s passion and work. She works on behalf of the wildlife in Hawai’i, with the aim of bringing people closer to Hawai’i’s natural world.

Look for this wonderful, original art around the festival on posters, t-shirts and extended to limited edition prints. Net proceeds from the sale of print reproductions, merchandise and festival tickets go directly to our beneficiaries each year.

KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL RAISES FUNDS FOR A BETTER WORLD

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.

KBF_12Don the BeachcomberThe 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. Breweries from Hawaii and the mainland US will each offer two types of craft brews, offering something for beer adventurers and connoisseurs alike.   Top Chefs from some of the Big Island’s favorite restaurants will offer their best food pairings, ranging from fresh fish and smoked meats to deep fried avocados and tropical sweets, served up fresh on a banana leaf plate against a backdrop of passing paddleboards and canoes at the historic Kamakahonu Bay Beach.

KBF_21Grace_ShorteLive music and entertainment include the must-see Trash Fashion Show, a performance that highlights creative fashions made entirely from recycled material. Festival volunteers divert over 90% of festival waste from landfill by transforming refuse into compost for local school gardens. The Kona Brewers Festival has raised awareness, visibility, and $850,000 for over 40 non-profit and community organizations supporting the wellbeing of Hawaii’s youth, environmental conservation, and cultural traditions.

Kona Brewers Festival Doubles the Celebration – Saturday, March 12, 2016

KBF_24Overview_ShorteThe sell-out event will double the fun and double the fundraising impact with two sessions. Choose from the Lunch or Dinner sessions for an ocean front island experience that offers plenty of time and space to sip and savor.

Main Event Lunch Session 11:00am to 2:00pm

Main Event Dinner Session 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Main Event Tickets are Advance Purchase Only. Cost is $70 and includes a commemorative event mug, seven four-ounce brew tasting coupons, unlimited samplings of gourmet cuisine and an afternoon of entertainment. Tickets are available for purchase at Kona Brewing Company pubs in Kona and Oahu as well as online on January 30, 11am HST at www.KonaBrewersFestival.com ($5 fee).

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

RunForHOpsThe 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 BMW of Hawaii. Entry fee is $30 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

KBF_CheersKanpaiKealoha_J.AppeltFestival events include the Kona Brewers Festival Homebrew Competition, a local competition sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association. Judges evaluate entries using the AHA National Style Guidelines for 28 different styles of beers, meads and ciders. Links to information and entry forms will become available at the festival website.

For information on any of the festival events, visit www.KonaBrewersFestival.com

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 Values

Community Collaboration – cultivating aloha among diverse groups through celebration that benefits nonprofits

Sustainable Legacy – perpetuating a model of interconnectedness between humans, culture and environment

Responsible Guidance – acting with integrity and generosity for future generations

The Application Deadline is November 20, 2015.

Please complete this KBFApplication2016 to be considered as a Beneficiary of the 2016 Kona Brewers Festival. Beneficiaries are awarded up to $15,000 and are requested to actively participate in the Kona Brewers Festival by providing 15-20 volunteers to serve some aspect of the event: serving food or beverages, providing recycling services, staffing zero waste stations, cleaning up, etc … Applicants will be notified of their standing before January 2016.

We have great respect for the hard work and commitment of all applicants and appreciate your dedication to making our community a better place. We look forward to receiving your application and learning more about your project. We hope you’ll join us in raising a pint and funds for a better world!

Sincerely,

Kate Jacobson, Executive Director

Kona Brewers Festival Turns 20

Press

IMG_6078The 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"

Beer in Hawaii - "Brewery List for the 2015 Kona BrewFest"

Beer In Hawaii - "Another Kona Brew Festival in the Books"

Celebrator -"Kona Brew Festival-Two Decades of Aloha"

EyeLuvBeer Blog-"Kona Brewers Festival 2015"

Taste N Trip-"Celebrating the 20th Annual Kona BrewFest"

EverInTransit-"Hawaiian Craft Beer and Culture at the Kona Brewer's Festival'

Gear Patrol- "Alternative American Beer Festivals"

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 hailHappyBeerPourer_Edwards the ale!

Who's Pouring and What They Are Pouring!

Angry Orchard – Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider
Anheuser-Busch – Shock Top Lemon & Shandy Shock Top
Bayern Brewing, Inc. – Montana Helles Lager & Bad Santa Eisbock
Bear Republic Brewing Company – Grand-Am Pale Ale & Apex Seasonal IPA
Belching Beaver Brewery – Peanut Butter Milk Stout & Aloha Beaver Pineapple Colada IPA
Big Island Brewhaus – Graham’s Pilsner & Breakfast Beer
Breakside Brewery – Safe Word Triple IPA & Salted Caramel Stout
Burnside Brewing Co – Sweet Heat & Burnside Export IPA (MMA)
Caldera Brewing Company – Caldera Toasted Coconut Chocolate Porter & Caldera Super Mogli Porter
Cascade Brewing Co – Honey Ginger Lime (HGL) & Oblique Black & White Stout
College Street Brewhouse & Pub – TBD
Coronado Brewing Company – Islander IPA Skull Wrapper IPA
Denali Brewing – Surly Birg Dark Lager (German Dark Lager) & Denali Kolsch
Deschutes Brewery – Fresh Squeezed IPA & Hop Henge Experimental IPA
Eel River Brewing Co. – Emerald Triangle IPA & Acai Berry Wheat
Elk Head Brewing Company – Paradise Punch Summer Ale & Coconut Grove Imperial Brown Ale
Elk Horn Brewery – Honeysuckle Wheat & Willamette Valley IPL
FOTM Brewing Co. – Shocks of Sheba IPA & Spanish Coffee Mud
Gigantic – Gigantic IPA & Ginormous Imperial IPA
Golden Valley Brewery – Black Panther Imperial Stout & Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beaverton Blonde
GoodLife Brewing Company – Sweet As Pacific Ale & Descender IPA
Goose Island – Honker’s Ale & India Pale Ale
Gordon Biersch – Czech Pilsner & Golden Export
Green Flash Brewing Co. – Soul Style Single IPA & Jibe Session IPA
Hawaii Nui Brewing Company – Hapa Brown Ale & Kaua’i Golden Ale
High Water Brewing Company – Campfire Stout & Hop Riot IPA
Honolulu Beerworks – South Shore Stout & Single Hop Session Ale Waimea
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales – Saison X Oak Aged Sour Ale & Maracaibo Brown Sour Ale
Kona Brewing Co. – Dampf Bier & Aina Brown Ale
Lagunitas – IPA and Pils
Lanikai Brewing Company – IPA (Imperial India Pale Ale) & Pillbox Porter (Robust Porter)
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company – Miners Gold Hefeweizen & Tumbleweed IPA
Lompoc Brewing – Pamplemousse Citrus IPA & Saison de l’Evoltion
Lost Coast Brewery – Great White & Tangerine Wheat
Maui Brewing Company – Lorenzini Blood Orange Double IPA & Kihei Kolsch
Mehana Brewing Company – Mauna Kea Pale Ale & Hawaiian Crow Porter
Midnight Sun Brewing Company – Modern Romance Spicy Chocolate Ale & Gluttony Triple IPA
Mission Brewery – Shipwrecked India Pale Ale & Cortez Gold Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
Nani Moon Meadery – Ginger Spice Mead & Cacao Moon
Ninkasi Brewing Company – Dawn of the Red India Red Ale & Lux German Style Helles
North Peak – Furry Black IPA & Wanderer Session IPA
Pike Brewing Company – Octupus Ink Black IPA & Monk’s Uncle Belgian style tripel
Pleasanton Main St. Brewery inc – HoptoMystic IPL & DedHedRed
Redhook Brewing – Longhammer IPA & Seedy Blonde
Rogue Ales – Fresh Roast Ale & 7 Hop IPA
Sam Adams – Samuel Adams Summer Ale & Samuel Adams Rebel IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Hop Hunter IPA & Beer Camp Hoppy Lager India Pale Lager
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers – Metropolis Lager Baby IPA
Stone Brewing Co – Stone Ruination & Stone Delicious IPA
Traveler Beer Company – Curious Traveler Craft Wheat Ale & Illusive Traveler Craft Wheat Ale
Uptown Market – Session Ale & Hero IPA
Waikiki Brewing Company – Black Strap Molasses Porter ee Pah IPA
Widmer Brothers Brewing – Widmer Hefeweizen Upheaval IPA
Wild Ride – Hopperhead IPA & Shades Black Ale

2015 Pa’ina Dinner and Beer Pairing Menu

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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 an exciting and delicious menu selection for the five food stations.
The Pa'ina Dinner and Auction will be held on Thursday March 12th at the luau grounds of the Kona Beach Hotel with live cultural entertainment and a benefit silent auction by the artists and volunteers of the Donkey Mill Art Center.
This year is sure to be one of the most memorable! See the menu and then go buy your tickets before they sell out!

 

BREWFEST PA'INA EVENT MENU 

STATION 1

ALL BEERS

LOCAL, IMPORTED AND DOMESTIC CHEESE TABLE

FIRE ROASTED RED PEPPER & GARLIC HUMMUS

PUREE OF BUTTERNUT SQUASH, SUNDRIED TOMATOES AND FRESH HERBS

FRENCH BREAD BRUSCHETTA, GRILLED PITA, CHIPS AND CRACKERS

 

STATION 2

LEMONGRASS LUAU, HULA HEFEWIEZEN

FARMERS GREENS, VEGETABLES, SPROUTS AND HERBS

ACCOMPANIED BY:

GRILLED HAMAKUA MUSHROOM POKE

ROASTED BABY BEETS

GRILLED JAPANESE EGGPLANT, ZUCCHINI, BELL PEPPERS

SALAD OF TRI COLOR BEANS

MARINATED CHERRY TOMATOES

 

VEGETABLE GUMBO

CHILI OF PORTUGUESE SAUSAGE AND BLACK EYED PEAS

 

STATION 3

LAVAMAN RED ALE, AINA BROWN ALE

BEER BASTED SMOKED BARBEQUE BABY BACK RIBS

KALUA LEG OF LAMB SOFT TACOS

SLAW, PICO DE GALLO, KONA AVOCADO, CHIPOTLE, CUMIN,& HONEY DRESSING

 

STATION 4

BIG WAVE GOLDEN ALE, CASTAWAY INDIA PALE ALE

PASTA

CASARECE AND RIGATONI PASTAS

ISLAND NATURAL BEEF BOLOGNAISE SAUCE

MARINARA

 

STATION 5

PIPELINE PORTER

TARO SWEET BREAD FRENCH TOAST WITH BEER BATTERED APPLE BANANA

VANILLA STOUT CRÈME ANGLAISE

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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, locally sourced ingredients and incorporate craft brew in the recipes. Art and culture of Hawaii will also be featured through live entertainment and a silent art auction hosted by the Donkey Mill Art Center. The art auction will feature many unique and extraordinary items along with baskets of cuisine, golf, and adventure packages, all generously donated by local artists and businesses. Proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations working on behalf of children and the environment.

If you love local cuisine, craft beer, cultural entertainment and exceptional art served together for a great cause, this event is for you. Tickets are $100 and are on sale here or the Donkey Mill Art Center.

Presented by the Kona Brewers Festival, Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel and Donkey Mill Art Center.

A selection of local art which will be available at the Pa'ina: 

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