Kona brew fest returns: New location, format on tap this year

The Kona Brewers Festival returns on March 9 at a new location. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Volunteers draw beer at last year's Kona Brewers Festival. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Rebecca Villegas struts her stuff as the signatureTrash Fashion Show took center stage Saturday at the 28th annual Kona Brewers Festival last year at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Volunteer Carol VanDerWege right serves a Deschutes Brewery beer at the 20th Annual Kona Brewers Festival at the King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel on Saturday. Laura Shimabuku/West Hawaii Today

The 29th annual Kona Brewers Festival is returning with a new format and venue featuring 19 breweries from around the state, Alaska and the mainland.