Beer-loving visitors to Oahu have an opportunity to enjoy perhaps the year’s most unique beer tasting event this week, as Murphy’s Bar & Grill celebrates the 27th anniversary of its opening with the “27 Beers for 27 Years” street festival that will feature 27 selections, all from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. And because it’s Murphy’s, proceeds will go to benefit a worthy nonprofit cause. The event takes place on Friday, November 14 at 6pm.

Bartender Jonathan Schwalbenitz participated Sierra Nevada’s “brew camp” a couple of years ago. He was already possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge of the brewing process, as evidenced by the variety of weekly beer specials he selects for Murphy’s. The brew camp deepened an already fruitful relationship with the California brew house.

While at the brew camp, Schwalbenitz learned that Murphy’s and Sierra Nevada Brewing share their anniversary. Sierra Nevada began operating on the same day 34 years ago. The 27 Beers for 27 Years street festival will feature four different vintages of the Bigfoot Barleywine, a rich, potent brew. Also available will be four selections from the brewery’s Beer Camp Across America program, a collaborative project involving some of the most popular breweries in the U.S.

In addition, Sierra Nevada’s most popular varieties like Pale Ale, Celebration Ale, Oliva, and Kellerweis. Two of Sierra Nevada’s Great American Beer Festival Award-winning Narwhal Imperial Stout will also be on hand.
Attendees can opt for sample-sized tasting options, or go for a whole cup of any selection. Mr. Murphy will also have festival food on hand. Local indie singer/songwriter Candy Diaz will perform live.

Murphy’s Bar & Grill is a tireless supporter of a number of local charities, having raised many millions of dollars over the years. Proceeds from the 27 Beers for 27 Years street festival will benefit the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation.

The Murphy’s Bar & Grill 27 Beers for 27 Years street festival will be the single largest Sierra Nevada beer tasting ever held in Hawaii. And the food, entertainment, and the benefitting cause make this event a sure winner for any beer lover, visitors included.


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