Two noteworthy Kauai non-profits, the Kauai Humane Society and Junior Achievement joined forces on June 24, 2017 to put on the Dog House Beer Fest. Set on the grounds of the Sheraton Kauai in sunny Poipu, the staff, volunteers and supporters of these 2 worthy organizations came together to enjoy the first Saturday of the summer season drinking craft beers from throughout the state, tasting food from local restaurants and raising funds and awareness for Kauai Humane Society and Junior Achievement.
This inaugural year of the Kauai Dog House Beer Fest delivered the goods. Not only did the event raise of $70,000 to be split between the 2 non-profits, but it gave 600 attendees a perfect way to sail into summer. Sponsors like our Sirois Kauai Heritage Portfolio signed up to support the 2 causes again next year.
A near perfect tradewind day with a south swell taking shape as a backdrop to the event, set the tone for attendees to fill up their custom-made Dog House Beer Fest steins and stroll from one brewer to another drinking many made-in-Hawaii beers. The crowd danced to the sounds of Greenstone Project and caught up like old friends at a high school reunion.
I met with up with Jim Guerber, owner of the Kauai Beer Company located on Rice Street in Lihue. The line at his tap was strong with virtually all Kauaians knowing the quality of Jim’s beer. Across from Jim stood Liz Foley of a Koloa favorite, La Spezia where Peter and I grabbed one of her delicious meatball sandwiches. Yum!
Similar to 32 years ago when Kauai’s favorite summer festivity, Koloa Plantation Days, kicked off, we expect great things out of the Dog House Beer Fest. What could be better than helping the island’s kids and pets? Mark your calendars for summer 2018!