Four years ago, Geoff Seideman’s wife, Charmayne, gave him a home brew kit for Christmas.
It was the start of an obsession.
Today, Geoff and Charmayne are the owners of Honolulu Beerworks, O‘ahu’s premier, independent brewpub. Our Kaka‘ako is a long way from Philadelphia, where Geoff grew up. He took a Hawai‘i vacation 15 years ago with Charmayne and they left the frigid weather of the Jersey Shore behind ever since.
With a taste for home brewing, Geoff started volunteering at local breweries. He became the assistant brewer of Aloha Beer’s Dave Campbell for 2 1/2 years.
When the opportunity to open his own brewpub in Our Kaka‘ako came along, he used all of his skills—his Kapi‘olani Community College culinary degree, his construction background, even his experience as a certified mechanic—to build Beerworks from the ground up.
“I was kind of selfish, in a way. I built a place I wanted to go drink at and hang out at. I was hoping everybody else would feel the same way.”