This year, Kona Brewing Co. will commemorate its 25th anniversary milestone with a year-long celebration by expanding on its giving program and opening its brand new brewery just steps away from its current Big Island location this year. The new facility will be increasing production 10-fold and make Kona one of the most sustainable breweries in the world. And finally, to mark its 25-year milestone, Kona will release a special Hibiscus Brut IPA, initially as an exclusive anniversary beer in Hawaii and then later on the U.S. mainland.
Kona Brewing supports hundreds of Hawaii-based causes each year and contributes over $120,000 annually to non-profit organizations that work to protect the local culture and environment. As part of its silver anniversary celebrations this year, the company will make an additional $25,000 contribution to its long-time partner, Ke Kai Ala Foundation, a Hawaii-based charity that supports youth, the environment and cultural programs. Additionally, this year, Kona Brewing will expand its giving program to support new communities across the U.S. mainland, including a nationwide Meals on Wheels Van Tour.
The New Kona Brewery
Kona Brewing’s largest undertaking, both in size and scale, is a new state-of-the-art, 30,000-sq-foot brewery located just steps away from the original brewery in Kailua-Kona. Kona Brewing invested more than $20 million to ensure it is one of the most efficient and sustainable breweries in the world. The new brewery will boost Kona’s production capacity to 100,000 barrels per year, while innovative water-saving technology and solar-plus-battery power will dramatically reduce the environmental impact of brewing beer on an Island with limited resources. When open, the new brewery will create additional employment opportunities and allow Kona Brewing to begin expanding its current brewpub to serve more visitors.
Hibiscus Brut IPA
Kona Brewing will launch a special Hibiscus Brut IPA to toast its silver anniversary — an 8.2 percent ABV dry IPA with hibiscus and hop-based hints of gooseberry and melon. The fruit-forward anniversary beer will be available in draught throughout Hawaii, beginning with Kona’s anniversary in February and will launch nationwide in September 2019.