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Hand-crafted Wine and Beer Made Especially for You

By Michelle Lee Photos By Lawrence Tabudlo
September 22, 2013

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For some, wine can be intimidating. Often associated with upper-class living and a hefty price tag, ordering and drinking the world-renowned alcoholic beverage sometimes can evoke feelings of anxiety rather than excitement. In response to such social stigmas, Marshall Zeigler and Bryon Crowther invite all to try a truly refined, yet relaxed wine experience at Oeno Winemaking in Kailua.

Named after the Greek goddess of wine, Oeno Winemaking offers a winemaking service unlike any other on the island.

“Customers come in for a wine tasting and then we mix, age and ferment their favorite wine right here on the premises,” says Zeigler, co-owner of Oeno Wine-making. “In about six to eight weeks, when the wine is ready, we invite the customers back for a fun party to design and bottle up their custom drinks.”

In addition to having a product that is personalized, many will be pleased to find that Oeno’s services also yield healthier wine.

“Until now, many have been under the pretense that wine gets better with age, but for a wine to last that long it requires a lot of chemical additives like sulfites,” says Zeigler. “Our wines are completely all-natural, which makes it much more drinkable and similar to how they make wine in Europe.”

Starting this month, Oeno Winemaking will also offer custom beers including ales, stouts, cream beers, wheat beers and fruit-infused beers.

“We get our grains and malts from all the major producers around the world,” says co-owner Crowther.

Similar to the winemaking process, customers can expect one barrel of beer to produce approximately 22 to 24 one-liter bottles. “Compared to other beer retailers, the money you save given the quality and quantity of beer is quite significant,” explains Zeigler.

Popular beers include Bohemian Pilsner ($275), Munich Dark Lager ($325) and Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter ($375). “We pride ourselves in having a wide selection to fit anyone’s palate,” says Crowther. “At the end of the day, what matters is if it tastes good to the client.”

Equipped with more than 15 years of experience in hospitality and finance, Zeigler and Crowther bring credibility and innovation to the business.

“The work we do is as much art as it is science, but equally important is how comfortable people feel,” says Zeigler. “We want them to come in and relax like it’s their own living room.”

Although reservations are recommended, guests are welcome for happy hour every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oeno Winemaking

26 Hoolai St., Kailua
263-6366
Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.