Maui Brewing Company, Maui, Hawaii

January 13, 2011

While we were in Maui, Hawaii for Christmas, we also visited Maui Brewing Company, Maui’s only brewery . Maui Brewing Company has two locations on the island. One is their production facility and brewpub located in Kahana, and the other is their cannery and distribution center located in Lahaina.

We started out at their cannery, which also has a small tasting room with the beers they can on tap. They explained to us that the state of Hawaii does not have a glass recycling center, so all glass must be shipped to and from the mainland. Therefore, to be more sustainable, Maui Brewing Company uses cans instead of bottles. Cans also have the added benefit of being beach friendly. That is to say, many places we visited, from swimming pools to beaches, had signs saying “No glass beyond this point.” If a glass bottle is dropped, it shatters, which is not good for wildlife or people walking barefoot. This can be avoided with a can.

We then traveled six miles up to Lahana to the brewpub, which had some additional beers on tap. Maui Brewing Company tends to make traditional beers and then flavoring it with a local ingredient. For example, their porter has smoked coconut, and a wheat beer might have mangos or pineapple juice made from Maui Gold pineapples. The brewpub is where they come up with new brewing recipes.

My husband, who loves porters, says that Maui Brewing Company’s CoCoNut Porter is in his top five favorite porters. We also had the Mana Wheat, made with pineapples. I initially had a hard time detecting the subtitle pineapple, but later I started burping up the pineapple flavor. I could only drink half a can before passing it off to my husband. My husband’s grandfather, who says he doesn’t usually like wheat beers due to the clove/banana flavors they tend to get due to temperature control during fermentation, said he really liked the Mana Wheat. We think that if those flavors had been present, the pineapple flavor would have been further lost, so they did a better job controlling the temperature to prevent that. This got us talking about brewing in Maui. We found the water to be a little bit sweet, which would affect beer flavor. Also, being so warm all the time, they would have to have temperature controls to keep fermentation in the 50-65 degree range for ales while the outside temperature is in the 70-85 range every day. In this respect, it takes more energy to brew on Maui, and not just something you could do in your garage without a converted refrigerator.


2 Responses to “Maui Brewing Company, Maui, Hawaii”

  1. Karin Says:

    We got to see photos from your Hawaii trip yesterday …it looked awesome!

    I think that the glass bottle/can thing is really interesting! Do they have a lot of other things in cans rather than bottles? Ciders, wines etc? I remember a few years back getting a tetra pack of wine. It was surprisingly tasty. 🙂

  2. […] There were a total of 14 beers there this time, two more than advertised. Organizers said that at the last minute, they had three brewers back out, but they were quickly able to find three more to fill their spots. We were given a glass and a program in which the brewer would check off that we had taken some of their beer. With this, their goal was to only give one sample per person so that their supply of beer would last the evening. The program also allowed us to vote for a overall favorite beer, and then a beer made by someone who had been brewing more than three years and a beer brewed by someone brewing less than three years. My favorite was actually a coconut porter in which I could really taste the coconut. As a result, my husband didn’t like it because he doesn’t like strong coconut, which is why he really likes Maui Brewing Company’s CoCoNut Porter. […]

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