This evening we went to Shirokiya Japan Village Walk, which is a must visit for anyone in Honolulu. Beyond the food, you'll find $1 beers, which is a fun relief from the paradise prices of most goods. One of the brands they offer is Primo, which is my go to when eating here. It's a crisp refreshing lager, very traditional and perfect for the hot local weather. When I was learning about here, I was interested about its history; especially since I just kept running into references to the historic beer.
For any beer lover visiting Hawai'i today, it's impossible to go to the bars, restaurants, and stores of the islands without running into Primo Island Lager. It claims to be Hawai'i's original beer, and in a loose sense it is. No longer brewed locally, it has had a resurgence in popularity since 2007 when Pabst Brewing Company decided to bring back the brand after years of absence.
|The Honolulu Brewing & Malting Company on Queen Street
The Hawai'i Beer Book by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi 2007 pp 8-12