Ono Brewing Company brings Hawaiian flavors to Chantilly (via www.northernvirginiamag.com)
The culture shock of moving from laid-back tropical climes to NoVA was part of what drove the couple to open a brewery.
“We enjoyed the flip-flop atmosphere, you know, that five-o’clock-somewhere way of life,” says Cyndi Hoffman.
Hoffman, a former teacher, and her husband, Scott, are the owners of the forthcoming Ono Brewing Company, set to open in early August. The brewery is centered on the couple’s experience living in tropical climes.
Scott and Cyndi meet during college in Florida in the early ’90s, and during his military career, Scott was stationed in Hawaii before getting a full-time job offer as an engineer in Florida, bouncing the couple between the two states for almost 20 years. Cyndi’s Hawaiian exposure started much earlier: Her mother was born and raised on Oahu.
In 2011, their family moved to Northern Virginia, where the pace of life was jarring after so many years in the laid-back atmosphere of island life.
“This area is very fast-paced and tense,” says Cyndi. “Everyone is just working so hard here.”
That culture shock was part of what drove the couple to open up the brewery. “Even though we don’t have a beach, we wanted to bring some of that here,” says Cyndi.
Scott started homebrewing during his time in the military, and his brews had become popular among family and friends. When the couple decided to open the brewery, they combined both their interests. Ono’s island atmosphere will be complete with paddle fans, beach photographs and Jimmy Buffett playing on the speakers.