Booming by the barrel: 8 months after opening, Ola Brew Co. continues to grow

Bartender Alec Armijo pours beer on Friday night.

German Lager, left, and Old Industrial IPA. Elizabeth Pitts/West Hawaii Today

Kiawe Vanilla Porter, on tap at Ola Brew in Kailua-Kona. (Photos by Elizabeth Pitts/West Hawaii Today)

Ola Brew Co. cans its IPA at the Old Industrial Area facility. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Cans and kegs of Ola Brew IPA are stacked in a refrigerated unit at the Luhia Street brewery. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Brett Jacobson checks on a batch of cider at Ola Brew Co. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Mike McQuiston, Ola Brew Co. brewer and quality control, works in the brewery on Luhia Street.

Naehalani Breeland shows Ola Brew Co’s walk-in refrigerator full of white pineapple for cider. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Brett Jacobson and Naehalani Breeland toast with an IPA and dragonfruit cider at Ola Brew Co on Luhia Street. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — It’s been eight months since Ola Brew Co. opened its doors on Luhia Street.