Andy Baker Named President/CEO of Hawai‘i Nui Brewing

10 06 2012

The board of Hawai‘i Nui Brewing LLC announces the appointment of Andy Baker as president and chief executive officer of Hawai‘i Nui Brewing.

Andy Baker has been appointed president of Hilo-based Hawai‘i Nui Brewing effective June 1, 2012. One of the largest independent brewers in the state, it is currently the only bottler of craft beer in Hawai‘i . In 2011, the company installed a new GAI 12-head bottling system (pictured in background) to increase output of its craft beer.

Andy Baker has been appointed president and CEO of Hilo-based Hawai‘i Nui Brewing. One of the largest independent brewers in the state, it is currently the only bottler of craft beer in Hawai‘i . In 2011, the company installed a new GAI 12-head bottling system (pictured in background) to increase output of its craft beer.

“Andy Baker brings a wealth of experience and vital relationships in the beer industry to the position and is poised to expand the brewery and its market share in Hawai‘i,” said Nina Lytton, co-founder and chair of Hawai‘i Nui Brewing LLC.

Hawai‘i Nui Brewing’s board of directors appointed Baker to the position after accepting the resignation of co-founder Keith Kinsey, who is stepping down as the brewery’s president due to personal reasons. “Andy Baker has been an integral part of the Hawai‘i Nui Brewing’s foundation and growth and is well-qualified to lead the company into further growth and expansion,” Kinsey said.

Hawai‘i Nui Brewing is one of the largest independent brewers in the state and is currently the only bottler of craft beer in Hawai‘i, with 100% of its beers brewed and bottled in Hawai‘i. Baker is a company co-founder and has been the brewery’s vice president of sales since its inception in 2007. Under Baker’s leadership, Hawai‘i Nui Brewing has experienced significant sales growth in five years. He has managed statewide distributor operations, including shipping, warehousing inventory and sales efforts in conjunction with Paradise Beverages; handled all new Hawai‘i business development primarily in the restaurant and hospitality industries; executed new brand roll-outs with distributor, sales personnel and retailers; and coordinated legislative efforts and Hawai‘i State liquor law issues.

Baker has almost 30 years of experience in marketing, promotions and sales in the beer industry in Hawai‘i and has forged an invaluable number of business relationships in the state and across the nation. His experience includes working at Eagle Distributors for twelve years, Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawai‘i, and as director of sales & marketing at Kona Brewing Company. Over the decades, Baker has directed media advertising, handled corporate sponsorship and community relations activities, managed point-of-sale inventory and oversaw financial aspects of marketing. Among his accomplishments is the creation of in house promotional programs that resulted in record growth. One of Baker’s programs was adopted by Anheuser-Busch nationally for its O’Doul’s brand.

Baker, a Honolulu resident, ran his own marketing company with several past craft beer clients, including Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, Gordon Biersch, and Blue Moon Brewing. To promote craft beers, he started beer tasting events such as “Hops & Grinds” in 2004 and “House of Brews” in 2006. He also started beer dinners such as “The Brewer’s Table,” working with various restaurants and executive chefs in creating a menu of food and beer pairings. As the host of these events, Baker would educate guests about the nuances of craft beer and the art of beer tasting.

His community service includes being on the board of directors for Trinity Christian School and a past president of the Hawai‘i Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Baker is a graduate of Kalani High School in Honolulu and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Studies – Business Management from the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu.

Hawai‘i Nui Brewing, LLC

Hawai‘i Nui Brewing LLC was formed in May 2007 with the purchase of Keoki Brewing of Lihue, Kaua‘i. With the re-branding of the company’s flagship brands – Kaua‘i Golden Ale and Sunset Amber Ale – the brewery has enjoyed significant sales growth over the past five years. In January 2009, Hawai‘i Nui Brewing joined forces with Mehana Brewing in Hilo, merging the two companies into one operation with unified brand management. The brewery operates out of a 6,700-square-foot facility in Hilo, Hawai‘i, and offers the most diverse year-round portfolio of beer styles of any major beer brand sold in the state. Hawai‘i Nui Brewing has won seven national and international awards for its beer over the last two years.


Mehana Tsunami IPA at BBQ Beer Dinner

7 07 2012

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Mehana Tsunami IPA will be one of the featured beers at the BBQ Beer Dinner, on Friday, July 27, at 6 p.m. The dinner is part of The Brewer’s Table Beer Dinner Series at Brasserie du Vin.

Hawaii Nui Brewing Makes a Big Splash

20 08 2010

This has been an active summer for the Hawai‘i Nui Brewing Ohana.

Today we’re happy to announce a new product, Tsunami IPA.

We’ve won more awards.

We’ve got new offerings in the tasting room.

We have made it easier for you to find our hand-crafted ales and lagers in more bars and restaurants. And we have expanded our distribution with our valued partners at Paradise Beverages.

New Product, Tsunami IPA

Hawai‘i Nui Brewing Tsunami IPA is here! It is a big IPA. A very big IPA. One taste and we believe you’ll agree that Tsunami IPA is the biggest swell in the Hawaiian Islands.

The first kegs went out on August 15 to selected establishments.

On the Big Island of Hawai‘i, you will be able to sample Hawai‘i Nui Brewing Tsunami IPA on draught at Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria in Waimea, at Café Pesto in Kawaihae and in Hilo, and at the Hilo Burger Joint.

On Oahu, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, Bar 35 and The Varsity Grill & Bar in Honolulu are expecting to tap in Tsunami IPA.

In early September we will have a limited quantity of Tsunami IPA on hand at the brewery and tasting room. Since these are the early days for Tsunami IPA, our emphasis will be on tasting.

More Awards for Hawai‘i Nui and Mehana

This past spring, we were stoked to announce that Hawai‘i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale was honored with a Silver Medal in the American Brown Ale category at the World Beer Cup 2010.

This summer, Hapa has gone on to win a national gold medal. Hawai‘i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale won the Gold Medal in the American Brown Ale category at the U.S. Beer Open.

And that’s not all on the award scene.

We’re very pleased to report that Mehana Brewing Mauna Kea Pale Ale has been honored with a Silver Medal in the American Pale Ale category at the U.S. Beer Open.

New in the Tasting Room

Come by our brewery and tasting room at 275 East Kawili Street in Hilo for a taste of Tsunami IPA and an opportunity to place an order.

We have some new merchandise for your consideration. The Hapa Brown Ale T-shirts have arrived. And we are now offering logo tasting glasses for $5.

New Outlets

We’ve added some wonderful new bars and restaurants to our line-up.

Expanded Agreement
with Paradise Beverages

We’re pleased to announce that Paradise Beverages is distributing all the Hawai‘i Nui Brewing and Mehana Brewing products on all of the Hawaiian Islands.

Malaho to the entire team for all the hard work!
-Keith Kinsey, President and CEO

Hawai’i Nui Brewing’s Hapa Brown Ale Wins Silver Medal in World Beer Cup

19 04 2010

Hawai’i Nui Brewing recently claimed a silver medal in the Brewers Association (BA) World Beer Cup® 2010, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers being produced in the world today.

Gold, silver and bronze medals in the competition’s 90 beer-style categories were awarded April 10, 2010, during the World Beer Cup Gala Awards Dinner in Chicago.

Award winning Hawai'i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale -- bold, rich and inviting!

Hawai’i Nui Brewing was awarded a silver medal in the “American-Style Brown Ale” beer style category for its Hapa Brown Ale.

Hapa is an American Brown Ale, which originated in the British style of blending different beers to create a single unique brew. It is dark mahogany-colored, bold, and has a rich malty backbone with balanced hop bitterness. Hawai’i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale was one of 40 entries in the American-Style Brown Ale category.

The silver medal is testament to Hawai’i Nui Brewing’s commitment to brewing and bottling the finest hand-crafted ales and lagers in Hawai’i. Our staff is made up of beer enthusiasts who banded together to create an exquisite brown ale that complements the tropical lifestyle in Hawai’i.

World Beer Cup 2010 winners were selected by an international panel of 179 beer judges from 27 countries. An impressive field of 3,401 entries from 642 breweries in 44 countries made up the competition. More than 3,800 breweries in 100 countries were invited to compete.

The World Beer Cup has been held every other year since 1996 and is presented by the Brewers Association. Based in Boulder, Colorado, USA, the Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade and education association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 20,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association. Consumers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at Visit for additional World Beer Cup information.

Congratulations to our team on a job well done. Mahalo to Brewers John Walsh and Kaiao Archer and production manager Chris Heit.

Hawai'i Nui Brewing's winning team: brewer and production manager Chris Heit; president Keith Kinsey; head brewer John Walsh; and brewer and filtration lead Kaiao Archer

Hawaii’s authentic local microbrewery announces a new brew, Southern Cross Winter Ale

27 10 2009

Aloha, all! It has been an interesting year.

We have been brewing and bottling at full blast. In the process we have encountered some of the weaker parts of the physical plant. The equipment has needed a bit of attention over the last month or so. Rob, our lead wrench, has been putting in some hours keeping the brewery and bottling line equipment up and running well. I believe that we have put the pieces in place to meet demand for our growing product line.

The market is recognizing that Hawai’i Nui and Mehana are the only beers that are bottled in Hawai’i. The summer was busier than expected here in Hawai’i. By historic standards we’ve also been putting out quite a lot of beer to Japan and the mainland west coast. We trust that this bodes well for a very busy winter season.

Our newest bottled product, Hapa Brown Ale, has been greeted with resounding two thumbs up all over the state. When Andy and I are out and about we hear the familiar cry, “Where can I get that Hapa?”

If you have not yet had a chance to try our Hapa Brown Ale, ask your retailer for it! You can always get it from our tasting room and store if nowhere else. We have a new batch just out!

Before I close – wanted to take a quick moment to tell everyone that we have just finished our winter seasonal ale. Some of you may have tried the prototype in the tasting room. It is a fantastic beer and the first of many to come over the years.

We will have a winter seasonal every year starting this year. The beer will only be sold from Mid November thru January.

southerncrossThis year our “Southern Cross” seasonal ale it is a smoked double red or what some call an Imperial Amber Ale. We brew it with Belgian style yeast for a very authentic and phenomenal beer. If you would like to order a keg for your Holiday party, stop by and reserve your keg today!

Mahalo for all of your support and drop me a line anytime — keith @ We love hearing from all of you!

Aloha, Keith Kinsey

Hapa Brown Ale rolls off the production line in Hilo, Hawai'i

A new batch of Hapa Brown Ale rolls off the production line in Hilo, Hawai'i

Hapa Brown Ale the latest to appear in Hawai’i Nui Brewing’s popular new packaging

1 07 2009
Hawai'i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale -- first bottled in Hilo, Hawai'i on July 1, 2009

Hawai'i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale -- first bottled in Hilo, Hawai'i on July 1, 2009

It’s been seven months since we rebranded and repackaged the Keoki beers as Hawai’i Nui Kaua’i Golden Ale and Hawai’i Nui Sunset Amber Ale. We’re pleased to report that the new look has been a great success in the market. Retail sales are ahead of 2008, especially in our core market of Kaua’i.

Bars and restaurants have begun the shift from Keoki to Hawai’i Nui, phasing in the new name as they reprint their menus.  Some have decided to continue with the Keoki name on their menus.

We have made significant investments in and adjustments to the production process at the Hilo brewery. On a peak day, our hard-working and dedicated team has topped the previous production record by a factor of eight. Mahalo to the team for a job well done. The result: the Hilo facility has been able to accommodate all production for all brands of authentic local beer.

Our newest product, Hawai’i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale, has been well reviewed and very successful on draught. Hapa is a full-bodied all-malt Brown Ale with an intriguing hop character balanced by a rich maltiness. Pure Hawaiian water is infused with bold flavors in this delicious brew. Hapa Brown Ale combines Island Style ease with the time honored tradition of blending beers in the classic British manner.

Based on its early success, we have made the decision to launch Hapa as a retail brand. The first cases of Hapa were bottled and packaged today.

You will be able to purchase Hawai’i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale in retail stores on the Big Island of Hawai’i soon, and on the other islands very shortly. If you don’t see it, please ask for it!


Keith Kinsey

A lot can happen in a few short months!

31 03 2009
Here's to teamwork!

Here's to teamwork!

It’s been three months since Hawai’i Nui Brewing joined forces with Mehana Brewing.

We are exited to say that we’ve accomplished our major goal for the combination: 100% of our beer is now produced and packaged locally in Hawai’i.

Our combined team has pulled together and accomplished a tremendous amount since we came together on January 1, 2009.

In just 12 weeks we have:

  • Introduced a well received new look for Hawai’i Nui Sunset Amber Ale and Kaua’i Golden Ale, and phased out the old Keoki Brewing packaging
  • Expanded market support and distribution for the Mehana brands statewide, and for the Hawai’i Nui Brands on the Big Island of Hawai’i
  • Brewed and kegged the Hawai’i Nui products in the Hilo facility, and resized the labels for the long-neck bottles we fill in Hilo
  • Thrown a party to celebrate our newest product, Hawai’i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale, available in draft at select establishments with bottles arriving shortly
  • Teamed with local chefs and restaurants to host beer-food pairing events
  • Supported the Big Island of Hawai’i as a beer tourism destination through our participation in the Kona Brewers Festival
  • Brewed our first batch of Primo Island Lager Beer in Hilo and hosted our friends from Primo’s parent company. As you may know we brew the draught Primo product for the local market on behalf of our valued customer, Pabst Brewing and Malting.

More is brewing, of course, with news to be shared as our plans are realized.

Meanwhile, Mahalo to our customers for their patience with our progress as we implemented these important steps to localizing 100% of our production. And Mahalo to the entire team for a job well done.

Aloha, Keith Kinsey

Under the rainbow at the Kona Brewers Festival 2009 with customers, partners, team members and treasured friends

Under the rainbow at the Kona Brewers Festival 2009 with customers, partners, team members and treasured friends