MEET OUR MAKERS: Geoff Seideman, Honolulu Beerworks
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, Oahu’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 Kapiolani 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.”
Using retrofitted garages and warehouses in Portland and San Diego as inspiration, he transformed a boarded up, Kaka‘ako warehouse into Honolulu Beerworks, mostly by himself. He built interior walls, a grain room, a walk in cooler and a massive bar. It took about nine months from demo to completion.