Colin Nishida’s Side Street Inn is famous for it’s generous portions of food and delicious pork chops. But this tiny local restaurant (now with 2 locations) also has it’s very own beer made by craft giant Rogue Brewing Company in Newport, Oregon. Rogue’s Side Street Inn Ale is a special American Pale Ale brewed only for distribution in Hawaii and pays tribute to Colin and his famous pork chops.
Rogue has a special connection to Hawaii in that it’s founder, Jack Joyce, lives here part time and their beers are widely distributed in the state. Side Street Inn Ale is a classic APA with a mellow malt background, smooth citrus hops and mild bitterness. The beer pairs very well with Side Street Inn’s pork chops, but it’s also great session beer that is light and refreshing. Because this is a special release beer it can only be found in 22oz bottles and on draft at select bars.
If you’re visiting Hawaii it’s worth seeking this beer out just to try it, since you can’t find it anywhere else. Take a few back to impress your friends as well. Rogue also brews another Hawaii only beer, No Ka ‘Oi IPA, which was created with Real owner Troy Terorotua while he worked at Whole Foods. We’re lucky to have such a great connection here in Hawaii to a craft beer pioneer and enjoy these special Hawaii only beers.