Ono Brewing Company: Bringing brews back from Hawaii

Elizabeth Howe
August 16, 2018 - 5:57 pm

Photo courtesy of Ono Brewing Co.

Army veteran Scott Hoffman and his wife Cyndi decided very soon after moving to northern Virginia that they could use some relaxation. Ono Brewing Company’s tropical tastes, names and music does just that.

“When we moved to northern Virginia, we saw that the people here work really hard,” said Cyndi Hoffman. “There’s so much traffic and stress. We really wanted to create a little oasis in the middle of northern Virginia for people to enjoy and relax.”

Photo courtesy of Ono Brewing Co.

The expertise for creating that relaxing environment comes from years of tropical immersion. The Hoffmans reported to their first duty station at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, two days after their wedding.

“Hawaii has a deep connection for us,” Cyndi Hoffman said. “My mom was born and raised in Hawaii, and Scott and I got married and immediately moved to Hawaii two days after.”

Now, with flavors like mango, island-inspired names like Onolicious and Hawaiian music, the Hoffmans are bringing island life to the East coast.

“Ono is the Hawaiian word for delicious, so our Onolicious beer is double delicious,” said Hoffman.

Photo courtesy of Ono Brewing Co.

“We’ve been holding the name in a vault,” Cyndi Hoffman added. “Waiting for the right beer. Then we made the New England IPA, and it was so delicious and tasty we believed it was deserving.”

In addition to serving the community laid-back beers, Ono Brewing Co. serves the community with monthly donation campaigns.

“Every month since the day we opened, we have donated a portion of our tips to charity,” said Hoffman. “In eleven months, we’ve donated over $22,000.”

By donating 50 percent of all gratuity, Ono Brewing Co. has been able to donate thousands of dollars to organizations like Paws of Honor, the NOVA Veterans Association, Our Military Kids and the CIA Officer’s Memorial Foundation.

“We wanted our brewery to be a place where the community could come together, but also be a place that gives back to the community,” Cyndi Hoffman said. “And there’s definitely a lot of connection there — supporting people who do great things for our country.”

Ono Brewing Co. will celebrate one year of serving beers and the community with an outdoor luau on September 29.

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