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Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab Restaurant and Brew Pub
Last updated: September 8, 2000
580 Nimitz Highway
O`ahu HI 96817
Phone: +1 808-545-7979
Fax: +1 808-545-7997
Opened May 5, 1997.
Brewer: Dave Campbell.
The place is kinda...well, ugly, and maybe not laid out very well, and the brewhouse is packed into a very small corner and cramped by tables in front of the tanks...but never mind all that, because the beers are OUTSTANDING. I didn't have time for lunch on this trip, but next time, I'll be sure to eat, too...Sam Choy's restaurants are famous for serving huge piles of local grinds.
Reservations are strongly advised for lunch and dinner.
Master cartographer Luigi Manera has graciously provided us with this almost-useful map to the brewery.
According to Dave, these beers are all "Batch #1".
My Opinion Of The Beers That I've Tried:
17.5 points overall
Bruddah's Cream Ale
Style 16 - American Lager
- 15.5 points - Beer #26-2105, at the brewery, August 8, 1997
Golden, low carbonation, big dense head. Malty, slightly citric aroma. Light body, moderate carbonation. Lots of wheat flavor. Good hop flavor at the end.
Style 11 - Stout
- 19 points - Beer #26-2108, at the brewery, August 8, 1997
Black, OK tan head. Strong sweet coffee aroma. Thich, bitter, roasty, sweet, but not sticky. Lots of burnt malt-coffee-chocolate flavors that last forever. Maybe just a little too long.
Style 4 - Mild / Brown Ale
- 16.5 points - Beer #26-2104, at the brewery, August 8, 1997
Brown, moderate carbonation, low head. Smells brown, a little roasty, with a hint of spicy hops. Just sweet enough, good brown malty flavor and finish. Very well-balanced beer.
Style 19 - German-style Wheat Beer
- 15.5 points - Beer #26-2107, at the brewery, August 8, 1997
Dark yellow opaque, low head. Burnt banana aroma. Big clove-banana flavor. Good body, high carbonation. Lots of sweet banana at the end. ADULTERATED WITH LEMON.
Style 24 - California Common Beer
- 20 points - Beer #26-2106, at the brewery, August 8, 1997
Light brown, good carbonation and head. Grapefruit aroma. Big citrusy hop flavor. Good body...real close to being a you-know-who clone.
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