Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Maui Brewing Company / マウイ島の地ビール

There's nothing like having a cold beer while on vacation and most of you know that I love trying different craft beers.  I'm still working my way through the microbrews of all 47 Prefectures of Japan.  I think I'm still a little less than half-way through on that project.  So of course I had to go in search of any craft beers on Maui.  And what do you know, at the little supermarket near the condo, I discovered three different kinds of craft beers from the Maui Brewing Co.


So I bought a six-pack that had two each of the three types of beers they make - Big Swell IPA (India Pale Ale for the uninformed), Bikini Blonde Lager, and CoCoNut Porter which I of course shared with my humble host and finally called an end to our first night in Hawaii at around 2:30am.


I started off with the CoCoNut Porter because I like dark beers.  For a Porter, it wasn't very dark but still quite tasty.  As you can see at the bottom of the can, this beer is brewed with hand-toasted coconut.  Interesting.  As to the "...LIKE HOT CHICKS ON THE BEACH", amusing.


The next beer I tried was the Big Swell IPA, that's India Pale Ale as I mentioned earlier.  You gotta love the pictures on the can.  Very Hawaiian.  The ale is a little lighter than the porter, but like it says on the can, very hoppy!  A nice way to run down the evening.


And finally, I had the Bikini Blonde Lager.  Being a lager, this is pretty much your standard beer.  Aren't the pictures on the cans great?


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