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Step by Step – Honolulu Beerworks Gets Closer to Opening

Honolulu will be brewery-less for not much longer! Honolulu Beerworks is getting closer to opening and brewing. I’ve been chronicling the progress of the brewpub with a series of articles for Honolulu Magazine. Part 2 was posted today here.

Owner and brewer Geoff Seideman has been hard at work transforming the once rundown Cooke St. warehouse into his dream of a fun and casual brew pub. Trust me when I say it’s be HARD work. Tons of debris and material need to be removed, concrete cut, trenches dug, painting, framing, conduits and on and on. All of this done in the heat of summer! But in a few short months, the building has been transformed and is beginning to look like a brewery.

Here are a few pictures of the transformation up until last week.

Honolulu Beerworks building

The large warehouse needed to be stripped down to the base structure. 25 tons of debris were removed. Fresh paint on the trusses.

Honolulu Beerworks brewery delivery Honolulu Beerworks Delivery

The 7 barrel brewhaus and fermentation tanks being delivered. Talk about precious cargo. Tons of stainless steel carefully unloaded off of the container and slowly, very slowly, moved into the brewery.

Honolulu Beerworks trenches Honolulu Beerworks trenches Honolulu Beerworks trenches

New plumbing meant cutting the cement flooring to be able to dig trenches.

Honolulu Beerwork Beer Garden empty Honolulu Beerworks beer garden empty

This 800 sq. ft. alley will eventually be an outdoor beer garden. Those are hop vines in the top picture that will eventually grow up and over.

Honolulu Beerworks Fermentors Honolulu Beerworks Fermentors

4 seven barrel fermentors waiting to be filled. Notice the wood in the top picture. That’s reclaimed wood from ReUse Hawaii that will be used throughout the brew pub. Geoff has made a point of using as much reclaimed and recycled material as possible in the building.

Honolulu Beerworks Grain room

The grain room next to the fermentation tanks.

Honolulu Beerworks Kitchen walls

The interior walls have recently gone up and hopefully will be closed up this week once inspections are completed. Then bright tanks (seen here) and the rest of the brewery can be bolted down. Kitchen equipment can also be installed.

Honolulu Beerworks drains

All of the plumbing has been installed and the trenches filled. Here is the main drain for the brewery.

Honolulu Beerworks Bar in progress

The bar wall is up. It’s a massive wrap around bar that will seat a ton of people. Those choosing to sit at the bar will get the best view into the brewery.

Honolulu Beerworks Heaven Hill borboun barrels Honolulu Beerworks Heaven Hill borboun barrels

A second container full of more equipment for the brewery, including 18 barrels from Heaven Hill and 8 wine barrels, was delivered last week. These things smelled like sweet heaven. I’m sure everyone is excited to see them filled and maturing with beer in them.


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