The brewpub formerly known as Brew Moon is back. And in the same brewmaster’s hands—Greg Yount. He and Frank Wenzl have teamed up once again to put the dormant tanks back into production. They first met 19 years ago at Alii Brewing Company, which Wenzl founded in 1993, one of the first microbreweries in Hawaii. Together, they also opened Palau’s first brewery in 1998.
Ali’i closed in 2000 and Brew Moon in 2009, but the two are giving brewing another go. The Brew Moon space now houses three businesses: Vice Nightclub, Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza and Hawaiian Islands Brewing Company (HIBC), which explains the bizarre interior mash-up. There are red and white checkered tablecloths, as if lifted from an Italian-American joint; neon-colored lights; a frightening floor-to-ceiling illustration of Heath Ledger’s Joker. If we stay a little longer, we are told, we can join the salsa lessons.