Hawaii Beer

Today in 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state.


Hawaii Breweries

Hawaii Brewery Guides

Guild: Aloha Brewers Guild

State Agencies:


  • Capital: Honolulu
  • Largest Cities: Honolulu, Hilo, Kailua, Kaneohe, Waipahu
  • Population: 1,211,537; 42nd
  • Area: 10932 sq.mi., 43rd
  • Nickname: Aloha State
  • Statehood: 50th, August 21, 1959


  • Alcohol Legalized: August 21, 1959
  • Number of Breweries: 9
  • Rank: 42nd
  • Beer Production: 1,009,967
  • Production Rank: 42nd
  • Beer Per Capita: 24.3 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 55.6%
  • Cans: 35.4%
  • Kegs: 9%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.93
  • Per Case: $2.09
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $28.83
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $16.74

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $20,138,722
  • Direct Impact: $322,647,986
  • Supplier Impact: $150,651,695
  • Induced Economic Impact: $279,069,506
  • Total Impact: $752,369,187

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: Bars and restaurants stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m., but some hold a special ‘cabaret license’ that allows them to continue serving alcohol until 4 a.m.
    Off Premises: 11:50 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. says

    Thanks, and talk about a stroll down Amnesia Lane…Homolulu’s venerable Primo brewery was owned by Schlitz 1964-1981 had Hans Grohmann as its closing Master Brewer and Otto Wiesneth as Plant Manager; Stroh Brewing Company acquired Schlitz and owned Primo 1981-1998, but diluted wort concentrate from its Van Nuys brewery then shipped across for reconstitution and fermenting, while not supporting the market. Honolulu Brewing Co.’s flagship Koolau Lager was brewed afterwards at Hans Kestler’s brewery; he hired Hans Grohmann from Stroh Tampa and brought him back to Oahu for about a year. He superceded me at The Lion Brewery when I took the position at Courage Brewing Ltd./Foster’s Europe in 1989 when I finished up my M.Sc.EE. in Wilkes-Barre. Later Phil Leinhart (now Ommegang’s Master Brewer) was hired to work alongside Hans at The Lion, but I was set up and working a great job in England by then.!

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