We love beer. We love the beverage. We love the community. We love the culture.
Beer has a long and fascinating history going back to prehistoric times and likely originating during the agricultural revolution when our distant ancestors traded a nomadic lifestyle for an attachment to the land and a dedication to farming and community. The lore of beer is long and storied and mysterious enough to spark the imagination.
The beverage is a cacophony of flavors that must be balanced to be enjoyable. The malt brings sweetness, nuttiness, and/or roastiness that must be balanced against the bitterness of the hops. But the hops also bring resinous, floral, and even tropical fruit notes to the aroma. These can be accentuated by any of hundreds of yeast strains that can remain subdued or offer their own flavors form tropical fruit, to citrus, to strong flavors of clove or even bubble gum. The mineral content of the water can support or negate any of these flavors, and at the end of the process comes the carbonation which offers a subtly crisp acidity and those magic bubbles that scrub your pallet making each sip fresh.
Beer is an amazingly complex beverage with endless possibilities through the permutations of itsingredients and the processes used to bring them together.
There is an understated culture of beer that we all understand but rarely acknowledge. Beer is the great facilitator. It’s not the star of the show, it’s the theater. It’s the context that sets up our time with loved ones and close friends. We catch up over a beer. We go to the game and grab a beer. We crack a few with our crew when it’s time to celebrate, and we grab one with a friend when it’s time to get heartfelt. We love the community of beer. The way it brings us together, joins us in commonality with our loved ones and cherished friends, and helps us find commonality with others because beer is the great facilitator. Other beverages are more celebrated, but beer is the common denominator. It has been there in some form or another in just about every culture that grows grain as a staple and it has extended to those that don’t.
The people who are a part of the beer industry are amazingly collaborative, caring, and fun. We are all motivated in some way or another by our love for this beverage. Here at Kalihi Beer, we express our love for the beverage through a dedication to tradition and innovation. We say “Respect for Tradition · Authentic Innovation” because we recognize the invaluable contributions made by those who have brought passion to the craft before us, and we are dedicated to adding to the incredible traditions they have created.
So please come and join us. Raise your glass to the future of this great beverage and this great industry. Gather up your loved ones and share a story or two. Help us discover the small but hopefully meaningful ways we will carry on the great traditions of this incredible beverage.