Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Macademia Nuts + Toasted Coconut + Kona Coffee= Aloha

Whenever I see a beer from Maui Brewing Company, I always get excited. When people think of Hawaiian Beer, they always think of Kona Brewing Company; which in my opinion is mediocre at best for a microbrewery-  there's nothing that they offer that makes their beers anything special.  However, when I first went to Maui 2 years ago, I was highly impressed with the beers that they were creating at Maui Brewing Company- Coconut Porter, Black IPA's, Stouts aged in Rum barrels and my friend's favorite, Red Cock Doppelbock- my kind of 'Hawaiian' beer. AND I have not been able to find any of their special releases outside the brew pub besides their Bikini Blond Ale (my least favorite but still a good beer), Big Swell IPA (actually this IPA is one of my favorite IPA's) and Coconut Porter (delish). These are so worth trying- they sell them at Whole Foods and it comes in a can;  which by the way, is ecofriendly , it keeps your beer fresher longer and it gets colder faster.

SO I was very very excited to try a collaboration beer with Maui Brewery, Stone Brewery (another great brewery) and the home brewer Ken Schmidt. I enjoyed a bottle of it at Monk's Kettle...for $16..expensive but it is a 8.5% beer and you can no longer buy it at a store. It  is a porter brewed with Kona Coffee, Macademia nuts and toasted coconut.....It was definately full of flavor- it was nutty, smokey with a coffee finish- definately meant to be sipped and loved!

Oh how I love you Maui Brewing Company...I hope you end up distributing more beers out to California soon or just twist my arm and make me go to Maui to get some aloha.


  1. So good. We picked up a few at Time Market last week and enjoyed them as a drink and dessert!