Maui Brewing and Smog City Brewing Collaborate on Star Maps Kolsch

MauiSmogMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced that it will release Star Maps Kolsch, a Limited Release collaboration with Smog City Brewing Co. (Torrance, California), during the month of December 2018.

Named in reference to the fact that “the independent breweries [Maui Brewing and Smog City Brewing] are connected by the stars and the Pacific Ocean, as well as . . . the tourist maps of the stars in the City of Angels”, Star Maps is a Kolsch-style Ale that adds a tropical burst of starfruit from Ono Organic Farms to a base recipe that already has Huell Melon, Motueka, and Calypso hops [offering] notes of citrus, apple, and melon, while the Pilsner, Wheat, and Vienna malts provide light malt character with citrus and fruit esters.”  Star Maps comes in at a light and refreshing 6.1% ABV and 35 IBUs.

“Los Angeles will always have a special place in my heart. It is where I became a brewer, learning from some of the most passionate and talented people in our industry. The craft beer landscape in LA has grown dramatically since I moved away, so I was super stoked to be able to collaborate with my dear friends from one of the city’s first breweries, Smog City Brewing. It has been heartbreaking to see the fires in Malibu and surrounding areas devastate some of my old stomping grounds. Team MBC sends all of our Aloha to everyone affected from this massive disaster, and our gratitude to the heroes on the ground. Cheers to them – they deserve some beers!”

 

– Matt Ponichtera, Brewer at Maui Brewing Company

Star Maps Kolsch is rolling out now at all Maui Brewing locations – Kihei, Lahaina, and Waikiki – and is scheduled to hit distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this Specialty Release available as long as supplies last in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Hawaii, California and a “few” other markets found within Maui Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Star Maps Kolsch from Maui Brewing Company & Smog City Brewing Co.

Release – Specialty/Limited, December 2018
Style – Kolsch 
ABV – 6.1%
IBUs – 35
Hops – Huell Melon, Motueka & Calypso
Malts – Pilsner, Wheat & Vienna
Added Ingredients – Starfruit from Ono Organic Farms
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

 

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Hop Kine IPL Makes Limited Time Return for Maui Brewing Co.

MauiHopKineCanMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced that Hop Kine India Pale Lager will return in October as a Limited Release offering.

First introduced back in the spring of 2016, Hop Kine returns as a golden-hued “hybrid style lager” that employs a “crisp malty base provided by Pilsner and Munich malts” to accentuate “the citrus and hop aromas from Centennial and Citra hops.”  Weighing in at a “crushable” 5.7% ABV and 57 IBUs, Hop Kine has all the refreshment of a lager while still supplying the citrus-laden hop bite one might expect from an IPA.

“We’re stoked to release Hop Kine once again because it seems like every single person on our team loves this beer,” states Brewing Supervisor Jon DuPont. “It’s to the point now where I almost feel like our customers are lucky to get some because our whole crew does their best to hoard as much as possible. Hop Kine is a perfect beer for Maui; clean, light, and crushable, with a great balance of maltiness and bitterness. This year, we loaded the dry hop up with choke Centennial, Citra, Motueka, and Loral hops and used a new strain of lager yeast so it has an amazing citrusy, fruity aroma and tastes cleaner and crisper than ever. Don’t wait to get yours because, trust me, we won’t be!”

Hop Kine IPL made its 2018 debut at Maui Brewing Company’s Maui locations in Kihei and Lahaina on October 8 and is entering distribution now.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Hawaii, Florida and in other “select mainland markets where Maui Brewing Company brews are available.” Prost!

Vital Information for HOP Kine India Pale Lager from Maui Brewing Company

Release – Limited, October 2018
Style – India Pale Lager
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 57
Malts – Pilsner & Munich
Hops – Centennial, Citra, Motueka & Loral
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

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Maui Brewing Company Puts Lilikoi Saison in Cans for the First Time

Lilikoi-can-webMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced that Lilikoi Saison will be available in cans for a limited time beginning on Monday, July 16.

With a name derived from the Hawaiian word for the yellow passionfruit, Lilikoi is a tart Saison “brewed with Pilsner, Wheat, Flaked Oats, and Golden Naked Oats malt and local lilikoi.”  Clocking in at an easy-drinking 5.5% ABV and 15 IBUs, Lilikoi Saison offers a refreshingly tropical drinking experience that also holds a “pleasant acidity.”

“The Lilikoi Saison is a refreshing and tart beer thanks to the contribution of tropical flavors from ripe lilikoi and a charismatic fermentation. It pours golden with a haze that filters the bright light of a sunny day.”

 

–  Greg Knox, Maui Brewing Company’s QA/QC Manager

Previously only available on draft, Lilikoi Saison will be quenching thirsts during the summer of 2018 in a far more accessible format: 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.  Cans of Lilikoi Saison will debut at Maui Brewing’s Kihei location on July 16 and will enter distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Hawaii and “in most markets where Maui Brewing Company craft beer can be found.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Lilikoi Saison from Maui Brewing Company

Release – Limited, cans debut July 16, 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 15
Malts – Pilsner, Wheat, Flaked Oats & Golden Naked Oats
Featured Hops – Amarillo
Added Ingredients – Passionfruit
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

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Maui Brewing & Austin Beerworks Collaborate on Fancy Footwork Lager

Fancy-Footwork-IconMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced the Limited Release of Fancy Footwork Lager, a new collaboration with fellow independent brewery Austin Beerworks (Austin, Texas).

Born from a recipe that exemplifies Austin Beerworks and Maui Brewing’s shared “passion for the art . . .  and . . .  intense desire for quality”, Fancy Footwork (5.2% ABV) is a hoppy Session Lager brewed with “Chinook, Loral, and Citra Cryo hops, as well as Azacca hops which were donated by Roy Farms.”  This results in a pale golden Lager that is “clean, crisp, and fruity with aromas of lemon citrus, floral and pine.”

“When we first discussed what we wanted to brew for our collaboration, Will, from Austin, and I quickly found common ground on what beers we love to drink,” states Kim Brisson-Lutz, Maui Brewing Company’s Brewmaster. “We knew we wanted to create a beer that would be sessionable, clean, and hoppy. In a matter of minutes, we had a base recipe figured out; and with our brewing/dancing boots on, we created Fancy Footwork. Austin Beerworks is an amazing brewery and has been a leader in the Texas craft brew scene. We are thrilled to release this beer together!”

Fancy Footwork Lager officially debuted in Maui Brewing’s Kihei location on June 8 and will enter distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer retailers located “in limited markets where Maui Brewing Company can be found.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Fancy Footwork Lager from Maui Brewing Company & Austin Beerworks

Release – Limited/Collaboration, June 2018
Style – Hoppy Session Lager
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 40
Hops – Citra Cryo hops, Loral, Chinook & Azacca
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

 

Tasting Notes: Aloha! Berlin from Stone Brewing & Maui Brewing Co.

StoneMauiBottleThis week’s installment of Tasting Notes has us fending off the midweek malaise with a very special bottle of Aloha! Berlin Imperial Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) and Maui Brewing Co. (Kihei, Hawaii).

Originally released back in late 2016 as the first of fourteen Stone Groundbreaking Collaborations brewed to commemorate the opening of Stone Berlin, Aloha! Berlin is an Imperial Coconut Porter that carries on a long history of collaboration between Stone Brewing and Maui Brewing Co.  Filled with “the welcoming spirit of the Aloha State”, Aloha! Berlin echoes past collaborations between the two breweries as it showcases “ingredients familiar to the islands – rich coffee and pounds of hand-toasted coconut – and introduces hazelnuts into the mix.”  Clocking in at 9.3% ABV, Aloha! Berlin boasts an experience “deeply rooted in Hawaii, San Diego, Europe and friendship, capturing the true essence of the word ‘aloha,’ which also means on a deeper level ‘joyfully sharing life.'”

Although Aloha! Berlin was originally released in 2016 via a special-order campaign, a limited amount of it and six other Stone Groundbreaking Collaborations were re-released back in December of 2017.  It may be a bit more difficult to track them down these days, but a few of these 750ml and 1.5L bottles might still be tucked away on shelves at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s distribution footprint.

That should just about wrap up this beer’s background info, so let’s properly introduce Aloha! Berlin to a glass and get into these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Aloha! Berlin Imperial Coconut Porter from Stone Brewing & Maui Brewing Co.

Appearance: Aloha! Berlin pours a seemingly black in color and wears right at a finger of almond colored foam.  When held to direct light, the color opens – especially at the edges – to reveal that this Imperial Porter is actually a rich, dark brown.  The beer is opaque, but a pulse of carbonation can be seen near the edges of the glass.  Head retention is decent, but it does eventually fall to a lasting ring that leaves behind chunky lace patterns after each pull.

Aroma: Toasted coconut leads the aromatics with a supporting cast of mixed nuts – mostly hazelnuts and cashews.  Coffee rises up to establish a bit of earthiness and a whole lot of roasty goodness.  That roast then draws your attention to the underlying malts that also offer notes of indulgent caramel and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: A firm Porter base establishes itself first with really nice layers of dark chocolate, caramel and toffee.  A toasted coconut presence that is both sweet and booze soaked then emerges alongside a dollop of cream.  Just before the entire experience becomes awash with a closing flood of roasted coffee, a European influence settles in as hazelnuts ride in on another layer of rich chocolate.  There is a lot at work here, but it is all nuanced and ridiculously tasty.

Mouthfeel:  Sitting on the fuller side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation level, this beer has a great weight that maintains a smooth, easy sippin’ experience. Although it is mostly sweet on the palate, the roast from the coffee brings out a nice bitterness that assists with balance and keeps this thing from getting cloying.  The ABV does bring a touch of heat to the throat and further promotes this beer’s intention to be a sipper.  The aftertaste leaves behind some dark chocolate and coffee.

Final Thoughts:  Aloha! Berlin comes together as a wonderful mashup of a solid but larger representation of Maui Brewing’s respected Coconut Hiwa Porter and Stone Brewing’s love of everything that is unapologetically big and bold.  That combo on its own is more than enough to result in an amazing beer, but they took this experience to the next level by recognizing the establishment of Stone Berlin with the addition of hazelnuts – an ingredient that is often used in German treats and chocolates.  All of these layers result in a sip that simultaneously possesses plenty of tropical goodness, a European quality that has a comforting familiarity, a robust coffee character that serves as some middle ground, and a careful mix of the three that translates as a slightly scaled back, not-so-sweet German chocolate cake note.  It is everything you could possible want when you see a beer label that reads “Aloha! Berlin Imperial Coconut Porter“.  It is all things Maui Brewing Co. . . . It is all things Stone Brewing . . . and it is abundantly clear why this offering served as the first of the fourteen beers in this series.  If you are lucky enough to run across this beer out in the wild, you owe it to yourself to try it.  Prost!

Maui Brewing Co. Begins Limited Release of Waimea Red Ale

Waiamea-IconMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaiihas officially announced that Waimea Red Ale is hitting shelves and taps now as the brewery’s third limited release of 2018.

With a name inspired by its featured hops and “also the Hawaiian word for the reddish water of rivers running through the red dirt of the islands”, Waimea Red Ale “boasts a great aromatic profile of tangelo, citrus, and pine” sourced from those New Zealand-grown Waimea hops.  This American-style Red Ale was first brewed in May of 2017, but this release of Waimea Red Ale (6.5% ABV, 50 IBUS) marks the first time that it is available in cans.

Waimea Red Ale is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Hawaii, and throughout the rest of Maui Brewing Company’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Waimea Red Ale from Maui Brewing Company

Release – Limited, April 2018
Style – American-style Red Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 50
Featured Hops – Waimea & Mosaic 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

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Maui Brewing and Crooked Stave Collaborate on Two Tickets to Paradise

Two-tickets-iconMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced the limited release of Two Tickets to Paradise, a Tropical Saison brewed in collaboration with Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, Colorado).

Not too long ago, members of the Crooked Stave brewing team agreed to take the arduous journey over to Hawaii so that they could collaborate with Maui Brewing on a beer that utilized the two breweries’ “like-minded, innovative, and independent” approaches to local ingredients and sour beer techniques.  Their combined efforts resulted in Two Tickets to Paradise, a tart, tropical Saison brewed with hibiscus and locally sourced limes.  Bright pink in color, the “super refreshing and crushable” Two Tickets to Paradise (4.8% ABV) is described as “having a very vibrant acidity from the hibiscus and lime.”

“We decided to brew a Saison that blended our love for sour fermentation and the use of local ingredients,” said Maui Brewing Company’s Brewmaster, Kim Brisson-Lutz. “We enjoy collaborating with breweries that are innovative and independent. We are huge fans of Crooked Stave and the beer they produce.”

Two Tickets to Paradise officially debuted in Maui Brewing’s new full-service restaurant and tasting room in Kihei on February 14 and will enter distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Hawaii, Colorado and throughout the rest of Maui Brewing Company’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Two Tickets to Paradise from Maui Brewing Company & Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Release – Limited, mid-February 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 4.8%
IBUs – 20
Malts – Pilsner, Wheat, Flaked & Golden Naked Oats
Hops – Motueka, Huell Melon & Mandarina
Added Ingredients – Hibiscus & lime
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

Field Trip: Cavalier Distributing Trade Show – Tampa

Just a few weeks ago, Cavalier Distributing (Lakeland, Florida) held a fantastic and informative trade show at The Vault, a beautiful venue located in the heart of Tampa’s Downtown Arts District.  Cavalier used this industry-only event as an opportunity to introduce the area’s restaurants, bars, retailers, and media members to their vast portfolio of fine craft beers, meads, ciders and spirits.  The best way to capture all that this event had to offer was through a visual medium, so check out the photos below (click to enlarge) so that you too can get the inside scoop on the exciting beverages headed our way this year from Cavalier Distributing.  Prost!

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales to Once Again Release Sobrehumano Palena`ole

jpsobrehumano_editedJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) has proudly announced that Sobrehumano Palena`ole will officially return as a limited release beginning on Monday, February 6.

Originally released in the summer of 2012 as a collaboration beer with Maui Brewing Co. (Kihei, Hawaii), Sobrehumano Palena`ole quickly became an instant classic within the craft beer community and has since been one of Jolly Pumpkin’s “most asked about beers.”  The reason behind this beer’s success can be found in its recipe and inspiration:

“Sobrehumano Palena`ole bridges the divide between Dexter and Maui, 4391 miles to be exact, combining fruit from each region, cherries and passion fruit, in a 6% ABV red ale before aging in oak for ten months.”

Although Sobrehumano Palena`ole retains the soul of its original release, this batch was aged in a slightly different manner.  Due to the limitations of their previous facility, Jolly Pumpkin was forced to create the 2012 release in “10 barrel batches followed by rigorous blending.”  This time around, their brewers were able to employ the use of “foeder aging of larger batches, allowing the return of this long gone favorite.”

Sobrehumano Palena`ole is available now at all Jolly Pumpkin locations.  750ml bottles of this limited release will then enter distribution beginning on February 6.  You can expect to find this special offering available at select craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, and “throughout the entire Jolly Pumpkin network, from Michigan to Maui.”  If you are interested in securing a bottle of Sobrehumano Palena`ole, be sure to keep a watchful eye on your area bottle shops at the beginning of February because this beer will most certainly move with a quickness once released.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sobrehumano Palena`ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Release – Limited, officially hits distribution on February 6, 2017
Style – American Wild/Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
Treatment – Aged in oak for 10 months
Added Ingredients – Cherries & passion fruit
Availability – 750ml bottles

Maui Brewing Co. Announces Return of Lemongrass Saison

mauilemongrasscan_editedMaui Brewing Co. (Kihei, Hawaii) recently announced that Lemongrass Saison will be making a much-anticipated return beginning on Friday, January 6.

Originally brewed in 2013 as a collaboration with The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, California), Lemongrass Saison will once again hit shelves and taps as the first Limited Release beer of 2017 for Maui Brewing Co.  This Belgian-inspired Saison begins with a recipe consisting of White Wheat, Oats, Pilsner malt, Cascade and El Dorado hops.  For added depth and complexity, the brew is then infused with a total of 200 lbs. of lemongrass locally raised at Simpli-Fresh Farms (a ratio of 40 lbs. per 100 bbl batch).  This refreshing brew comes together at an easy-drinking 5.2% ABV and 15 IBUs.

A simple Saison brewed with local Lemongrass is something I had wanted to do but never attempted. Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true,” said Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder of The Lost Abbey.

Lemongrass Saison officially releases on Friday, January 6 at both Maui Brewing Company locations (Kihei and Lahaina).  Shortly after the brewery launch, this limited release will then become available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in Florida and throughout Maui Brewing’s full distribution area.  Lemongrass Saison will only be around for a limited time, so get your taste of this refreshing brew while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lemongrass Saison from Maui Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, beginning Friday, January 6, 2017
Style – Saison
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 15
Malts – White Wheat, Oats & Pilsner
Hops – Cascade & El Dorado
Added Ingredients -Lemongrass from Simpli-Fresh Farms
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/