So Many Beers So Little Time
Beer is a gift from the ancient monks and alchemists of Mesopotamia. But it’s also a gift that keeps on giving: modern brewing marvels have given us more types of craft brews to keep up with the complexities of our contemporary palates.
Here on Maui, Maui Brewing Company’s locally crafted brews have fed the progress and kept craft culture at the forefront of local beer consumption. The Maui Brewers Festival, a benefit at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, is another key to our beer appreciation. This year, the festival will offer 70 beers from 29 breweries. The food community has rallied around the festival, and there will be cuisine from 24 of our island’s best restaurants, food trucks and caterers.
Of course, the hardest part about the Maui Brewers Festival is figuring out which beers to taste. To help you, we created this handy brew guide. While we don’t have the space to get into the brewing subtleties of each beer–what makes an IPA versus lager; why maibocks are a spring beer; what is a summer ale; what differentiates American styles from European styles–but you can always download the BJCP app (iphone & android), which breaks down technicalities for more than 28 different styles of beer. But what we can do is list the festival’s brews and a bit about the breweries.
Feel free to tear this out and keep in your pocket. And for any social beer blabbers, remember to use the #MauiBrewFest hashtag with your posts. As always, enjoy yourself, but please do so responsibly:
Maui Brewers Festival 2014
Saturday May 17, 2014
4 t0 7 pm
Buy tickets at http://www.mauiarts.org/ or call 808-242-show
Anchor Brewing @AnchorBrewing
San Francisco Brew Pub since 1896, calling themselves America’s first craft brew
Anchor Summer, Wheat, 4.6 abv
Anchor IPA, 6.5 abv
Avery Brewing Co @AveryBrewingCo
Microbrewery from Boulder Colorado dedicated to brewing the finest English ales.
The Maharaja, IPA, 10-12 abv
White Rascal, Belgian Wheat, 5.6 abv
Bear Republic Brewing Company @BearRepublic
Craft brew from wine country in California. Smart fellas recently struck a deal with their county and fronted them the cash to build a well so they could craft more brew.
Apex Special IPA, 8.95 abv
Tripels Alley, Belgian Ale, 8.5 abv
Big Island Brewhaus
Outta-the-Box Brewer Thomas Kern crafts beer at the 2764 elevation in Waimea on the Island of Hawaii. You might remember him from his days brewing on Maui too.
Boston Beer Company @SamuelAdamsBeer
Brewed in Boston, the same guys who brought us Sam Adams, and nope they don’t wear those white wigs.
Rebel IPA, 6.5 abv
Angry Orchard Hard Cider, 5 abv
The Bruery LLC @TheBruery
Orange county craft brews, likes to experiment and barrel age their beers.
White Oak, Wheatwine & Golden Ale blend, aged in bourbon barrels, 11.5 abv
Trade Winds Tripel, Belgian-style Golden Ale with Thai basil, 8.10 abv
Tart of Darkness, American Wild Ale, 7 abv
Caldera Brewing Company @calderabeer
Oregon brewery, loves their ales and lagers.
Cauldron Brew Double IPA, 7.7 abv
Coronado Brewing Co. @CoronadoBrewing
2014 World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster from Imperial Beach California
Islander IPA, 7 abv
Frog’s Breath IPA, 6.5 abv
Deschutes Brewery @DeschutesBeer
Adventurous pioneering beers from the banks of the Deschutes River, Oregon.
Fresh Squeezed IPA, 6 abv
Pinedrops IPA, 7.1 abv
Great Divide Brewing Company @greatdividebrew
Winner of 18 Great American Beer Festival medals set in downtown Denver.
Lasso IPA, 5 abv
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, 9.5 abv
Headlands Brewing Company @headlandsbrew
San Francisco’s newest brewery, founded July 2013, creativity and clever names at the forefront.
Liver Let Die, smoked India black ale, 7.9 abv
Lightship, sour imperial pilsner, 7 abv
Humboldt Brewery @HumboldtBrewing
The hempy brewery from Humboldt, brewed by Firestone Walker
Red Nectar Ale, amber ale, 5.4 abv
Hemp Brown Ale, 5.7 abv
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales @jollypumpkin
Rustic country style beers from Michigan
Biere de Mars, biere de garde, 7 abv
Saison Y, 7 abv
Kona Brewing Company @KonaBrewingCo
You know this Big Island brand!
Castaway IPA, 6 abv
Lemongrass Luau, spiced beer, 5.8 abv
The Lost Abbey @lostabbey
Saints and sinners agree craft brew is a religious experience here at their San Marcos California brewery.
Carnevale Ale, saison 6.5 abv
Anniversary Ale, 12.6 abv
Lost Coast Brewery @lostcoastbrewer
Two chicks that started out experimenting with home brewing have created one of the US’s biggest and most successful craft breweries in Humboldt County.
Double Trouble IPA, 7.6 abv
Watermelon Wheat, 5.8 abv
Maui Brewing Co. @mauibrewingco
Maui’s own brewery with home field advantage means we get more beer in the game here.
Peppered Porter Cask (special cask to be opened mid-event)
Modern Times Beer @ModernTimesBeer
This brewery is so modern it was launched by a with KickStarter campaign. Okay, there is more to it than that, but its seriously cutting edge here.
Fortunate Islands, pale wheat ale, 4.8 abv
Blazing World, American amber, 6.8 abv
Black House, oatmeal stout, 5.8 abv
Mother Earth Brew Co. @MotherEarthBrew
Some hippies in North Carolina started a brewery. Besides keepin it green, they make peace lovin groovy artisanal beers.
Boo Koo IPA, 7.5 abv
Double Decker English Brown, 5.2 abv
Wild Child Sour Red/Brown, 8 abv
Ninkasi Brewing Company @NinkasiBrewing
Bringing craft beer to a higher form. Named for the Ninkasi of Mesopotamia, the Sumerian goddess of fermentation that specialized in satisfying desire.
Total Domination IPA, 6.7 abv
Believer Double Red ale, 6.9 abv
Oskar Blues Grill and Brew opened in 1997 in Colorado and has been making beer news ever since.
Dale’s Pale Ale, 6.5 abv
Mama’s Little Yella Pils, 5.3 abv
Old Chub Scotch Ale, 8 abv
Gubna Imperial Stout, 10 abv
Pizza Port Brewing Company @PizzaPortBeer
So Cal craft brew heavy started at a little ole pizza place in Solana Beach.
Saison de Mule, lime and ginger, no abv
Cottons, Imperial IPA, 9.5 abv
Rogue Ales & Spirits @RogueAles
Revolutionary beers from Ashland Oregon
Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA, 8 abv
Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner, 4.6 abv
Saint Archer Brewing Co. @saintarcherbrew
The apex of skateboarding, surfing and handcrafted brews. Also the new home of Kim Lutz, former brewer at MBC.
Double IPA, 8.3 abv
White Ale, 5 abv
Barrel Aged Scottish Export, 7 abv
Sierra Nevada @SierraNevada
Hailing from Chico California
Ovila Abbey Saison, 7 abv
Smog City @SmogCityBeer
Family run brewery from Torrance California
Coffee Groundwork Porter, 6 abv
Mai Tai HopTonic, 7.3 abv
Chip Shot Coffee Porter, 6 abv
Stone Brewing Co. @StoneBrewingCo
Leading the way to craft brew world domination from Southern California.
Go To IPA, 4.5 abv
Collective Distortion, IPA 9.8 abv
Uncommon Brewers @Uncommonbeer
Certified organic beer from Santa Cruz, CA
Steamers Lane Uncommon Lager, 4.5
The Tramp, Belgian 10.5 abv
Widmer Brothers Brewing @Widmer_Brothers
In 1979 Oregon legalized homebrewing and nothing has been the same for the Widmer Brothers since.
Alchemy Pale Ale, 5.8 abv
Upheaval IPA, 7 abv
Shanghai Lumpia (pork OR veggie)
Aloha Events Catering
Corned Beef & Cabbage with Red Potato & Grainy Mustard Sauce
Cary & Eddie’s Hideaway
BBQ Pork Ribs
Donut Dynamite @donutdynamite
Mini Cinnamon Sugar OR Bacon Maple Donuts
Pork Mopsy OR Veggie Mopsy Flatbreads
Fleetwoods on Front St
Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos
Kalama’s Local Grinds
Maui Brewing Co. @mauibrewingco
Pork OR Vegetarian Pub Bowls with pub beans, rice, sauces and toppings
Maui Catering Co –Brigit & Bernard’s Garden Cafe
German Lentils with Sausage over Spaetzle
Maui Tacos @MauiTacos
BBQ Pork Sliders
Korean Fried Chicken Drummettes
Mulligan’s on the Blue @MulligansMaui
Irish Beef Stew & Rice
Outrigger Pizza Company @OutriggerPizza
Buffalo Chicken, Margherita OR Garlic Herb Veggie Wood-Fired Pizzas
Pascual’s Café & Catering
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Slider with Mango Slaw
Korean Braised Short Rib Sliders
Shaka Pops @ShakaPopsMaui
Handmade Beer-infused Ice Pops
Smoke & Spice
Slow Smoked Brisket with Maui Gold Pineapple Coleslaw
Star Anise Indian Cuisine
Chicken Red Curry OR Veggie Red Curry served with Rice
Sumo Dogs @sumodogsmaui
Gourmet Hot Dogs with Island-style Sauces
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers @TeddyBurgerMaui
Teddy’s Famous Fries with Gourmet Dipping Sauces
The Daily Grindz
Roasted Ale Honey Mustard Glazed Sausage served over Irish Salad
Three’s Bar & Grill @ThreesMaui
Roasted Upcountry Salad with beets, Kula corn, cherry tomatoes, Organic 11 green blend, candied mac nuts & edamame over watermelon with blue cheese and miso tahini vinaigrette
Whole Foods Market
Spicy Smoked Fried Gouda Balls with Sweet Dipping Sauce, Maui Brewing Co Coconut Porter Cheese Soup OR French Onion Guinness Soup
About Jen Russo
I write lifestyle and culinary columns for MauiTime. I love being a Maui girl and adore my big family. Dedicated food taster, blogger, internet fanatic, and Maui and Hawaii specialist.