As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I am in Hawaii. I know, pretty lame, right? In an effort to make the best of a miserable vacation, why not visit one of Maui’s most popular brewery. Just kidding, Maui is great, Hawaii is great, you’re missing out. For real, though, of course, I’m going to go to a brewery. What kind of beer nerd would I be if I didn’t somehow work a brewery into a family vacation?
Maui Brewing is kind of a behemoth on the island. With both a brewery and three restaurant restaurants under their belt, they’ve got a hold on that small island. You’re never far from the ocean or your next pint of Maui Brewing!
Pro Tip: Traveling out of state and visiting a brewery? Call/email ahead and bring gifts of local beer that they can’t get there! You’ll be thanked with beer, tours, or maybe more if you’re lucky. Also, this doesn’t always work, but most of the time it does.
And Now, the Brews
|Maui Brewing | Coconut Hiwa | Porter|
|This richly dark porter, brewed with hand-toasted coconuts, has intense aromas of roasted malt, coconut, caramel, toffee, and milk chocolate. The flavors of coconut are much more pronounced followed rich coffee, molasses, toffee, and chocolate. Very rich and well rounded. There is also a hint of dark fruits mixed in to add to the complexity of this porter. They managed to keep it from being overly sweet, which, in my opinion, is good.|
|4 pk 12 oz Cans | 6% ABV | 30 IBUs|
|Maui Brewing | Pineapple Mana | Wheat Ale|
|I may be slightly allergic to pineapple, but that’s not going to stop me from drinking a beer! The smell of fresh pineapple, wheat, and spice are incredibly enticing. On top of that, the taste, which follows suit with an added creaminess, and unsweetened pineapples which results in a crisp clean finish. I know they’re using actual pineapple because it makes my mouth tingle and become slightly numb. Yep, I’m allergic! Regardless of my reaction, it’s still a refreshing beer, especially in this Hawaiian heat!|
|4 pk 12 oz Cans | 5.5% ABV | 18 IBUs|
|Maui Brewing | Double Overhead | Double IPA|
|Vacationing hop heads rejoice, there is a double IPA fresh from Maui’s most famous brewery. With aromatics reminiscent of tangerine, citrus, peach, mango, sweet pine, and a hint of caramel. Wrecker your palate with heavy-handed bitterness, hop resin, tangerine, honey, and fruit characteristics of peach, cantaloupe, and pineapple. The alcohol is cleverly hidden behind the deep flavors throughout. A solid Double IPA, if you’re into that sort of thing. I am… so… yeah!|
|4 pk 12 oz Cans | 8.5% ABV | 85 IBUs|