How To Brew

How to Brew Kava: Unveil the Secrets of This Pacific Elixir
Tanoa - Kava Bowl

Kava, also known as "yaqona" or "ava," is a traditional beverage derived from the roots of the Kava plant. It has been a symbol of community and relaxation in Pacific Island cultures for centuries. At Local Nakamal, we've perfected our own method of crafting Kava, and while we can't reveal all our secrets here, we'll guide you through some popular methods.

Method 1: Traditional Kava Preparation (Intention in Every Bilo):


  • Kava root powder
  • Water
  • A strainer bag or cheesecloth
  1. Measure Your Kava: Start with a measured amount of Kava root powder. The exact quantity may vary depending on personal preference.

  2. Place Kava in a Strainer Bag: Put the Kava root powder into a strainer bag or cheesecloth.

  3. Add Water: Place the strainer bag with Kava in a bowl or bucket. Pour cold or lukewarm water over the Kava root powder. The water-to-Kava ratio can vary, but a common starting point is around 1 part Kava to 10 parts water.

  4. Knead the Kava: Begin kneading the Kava root powder in the water, massaging it gently for about 10-15 minutes. This process helps release the Kavalactones, the active compounds in Kava, into the liquid. Be sure to set your intentions during this time, this is the most important part!

  5. Strain and Serve: After kneading, carefully remove the strainer bag, squeezing out any remaining liquid. Discard the solid Kava root residue. The resulting liquid is your Kava. Pour it into a bowl or coconut shell and enjoy.

Method 2: Kava Mixer (Our Secret Twist with AluBall):


  • Kava root powder
  • Water
  • AluBall Kava maker
  1. Measure Your Kava: Just like the traditional method, start with a measured amount of Kava root powder.

  2. Mix with Water: Place the Kava root powder in your AluBall Kava maker. Add cold or lukewarm water according to your taste preferences.

  3. Shake and Strain: Secure the AluBall, shake vigorously for a few minutes until well mixed. Strain the liquid through a strainer bag or cheesecloth to remove any solid particles.

  4. Serve and Savor: Pour the strained Kava into your favorite Kava bowl or cup and savor the uniquely smooth flavor.

Visit Local Nakamal to Discover Our Mystery:

While these methods provide a glimpse into the world of Kava preparation, the true magic of Kava at Local Nakamal lies in our special touch. We invite you to join us at 2047 Coffeen Avenue, Sheridan, WY 82801, and uncover what sets our Kava apart.

At Local Nakamal, we've taken the time-honored tradition of Kava and infused it with our own brand of mystique and innovation. Our commitment to crafting the perfect Kava experience is a secret worth discovering in person.

So, come on down, share stories, and sip the elixir of relaxation with us. Your journey into the world of Kava is just a visit away. We can't wait to welcome you into our Nakamal ohana.


Welcome to Local Nakamal, where small-town America meets the spirit of the islands in a way that's uniquely us. Forget everything you thought you knew about "Local Dive Bars." Here in Sheridan, Wyoming, we've redefined the local watering hole, and this is our Local Nakamal.

Facts About A Nakamal

Origin of the Name:

The term "Nakamal" is rooted in the Pacific Island culture, particularly in Vanuatu. Traditionally, it's a gathering place for community members to come together, share stories, and enjoy beverages.

The Sheridan Connection:

Our Local Nakamal is a nod to this island tradition while paying homage to our beautiful town. It's a fusion of cultures where you can experience the warmth of small-town hospitality with a tropical twist.

Cultural Significance:

Nakamals play a vital role in island communities, fostering a sense of togetherness and community bonding.

Tropical Influence:

Nakamals often incorporate elements of tropical decor, tiki-inspired aesthetics, and island-themed ambiance.


Many Nakamals serve Kava, a traditional beverage made from the roots of the Kava plant. It's known for its calming and mild euphoric effects.

Mocktails and More:

In addition to Kava, Nakamals often offer a variety of mocktails, herbal teas, and other non-alcoholic beverages to cater to a wide range of preferences.


What is Kava?

Kava is a beverage made from the roots of the Kava plant. It's known for its relaxing effects and is often used for social and ceremonial purposes.

Is Kava Alcoholic?

No, Kava is not alcoholic. It's a non-alcoholic beverage. However, it can have mild sedative properties.

What Are the Effects of Kava?

Kava is known to induce a sense of relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote sociability. It doesn't impair cognitive function or motor skills.

Is Kava Safe to Consume?

When consumed in moderation, Kava is generally considered safe. However, it's essential to follow recommended dosage guidelines and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.

Do You Serve Alcohol?

Local Nakamal primarily offers non-alcoholic beverages, including Kava, mocktails, herbal teas, and more. We do not serve alcoholic drinks.

What Is the Dress Code at a Nakamal?

Nakamals typically have a relaxed dress code. Casual attire is the norm, but you're welcome to dress up if you prefer.

Are Children Allowed at a Nakamal?

Some Nakamals may have age restrictions, so it's best to check with the specific Nakamal you plan to visit. Local Nakamal welcomes families during specified hours.

Do You Have Live Entertainment?

Many Nakamals offer live entertainment, including music, dance performances, and themed events. Check our event schedule for upcoming performances.

Can I Reserve a Table for a Special Occasion?

Yes, you can reserve tables for special occasions at Local Nakamal. Contact us in advance to make arrangements.

What Sets Local Nakamal Apart from Other Bars?

Local Nakamal offers a unique blend of island-inspired ambiance, Kava experiences, mocktails, and a welcoming atmosphere that fosters community and relaxation.

Keeping It real

Now, let's address the elephant in the room (or should we say the tiki torch?). We know when you think of a local dive bar, you might picture dimly lit spaces with sticky floors. Well, it's time to throw those stereotypes out the window.

At Local Nakamal:

No Sticky Floors:

Our pristine floors are made for dancing, not sticking. We take cleanliness seriously.

Aloha, Not Attitude:

You won't find surly bartenders here. Our staff greets you with smiles and a warm "Aloha!"

More Than Just Drinks:

Sure, we have your favorite beverages, but we're also your go-to spot for Kava drinks, mocktails, and even an oxygen bar (yes, really).

This is OUR Local Nakamal:

Local Nakamal is not just a place to grab a drink; it's an experience. It's where friends gather, strangers become friends, and good times are had. It's the place where you can escape the daily grind, even if you're miles away from the ocean.

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Our Nakamal

2047 Coffeen Avenue, Sheridan, WY 82801

Wednesday - Sunday

10:00AM - 10:00 PM
Open Late Friday/Saturday.


So, come on down to 2047 Coffeen Avenue, Sheridan, WY 82801, and experience the magic of Local Nakamal for yourself. It's not just a bar; it's a slice of paradise right here in small-town America.