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Kona Brewing to build Hawaii beer can brewery

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HONOLULU (AP) - Kona Brewing Co. plans to plans to invest in a new $15 million Hawaii brewery.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports much of the new facility will produce beer packaged in cans for Hawaii distribution. It will also make all of Kona Brewing's draft beer for local consumption.

The brewery is expected to come online in two years.

Kona Brewing currently produces all its draft beer sold in Hawaii at its Hawaii Island brewery. But it ships its bottled beer to the islands from the mainland.

That's because manufacturing and shipping costs make shipping bottled beer to Hawaii cheaper than shipping empty beer bottles.

Kona Brewing advisory board Chairman Mattson Davis says the company is discussing where to put the new facility. Sites on Hawaii, Oahu and Maui islands are being considered.

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