Maui Brewing Co. Releases La Perouse White: Drawing on inspiration from one of the wildest terrains on Maui–the lava flows of La Perouse–brew master Kim Lutz’s La Perouse White will be the second limited release can selection from Maui Brewing Company. The beer is a fresh handcrafted Belgian-inspired witbier brewed with wheat and European Pilsner malts and spiced with coriander and fresh local Mandarin oranges. It was a silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival 2011.
La Perouse, which began as one of Kim’s 10-gallon homebrew batches, has now become a regular favorite at the Kahana brewpub.
“Living in South Maui for many years, I wanted to highlight this beautiful sanctuary and create a refreshing and flavorful witbier using local fruit,” says Lutz. “It’s been unreal to see one of my recipes grow in popularity, win awards, and now become one of our new production cans.”
Owner Garrett Marrero says his company will distribute La Perouse White primarily in Hawaii and the 10 Mainland states that already sell Maui Brew Co. beers. “But it won’t be around long,” he said. “It’s sure to fly off the shelves. There are only 200 barrels for release!”
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Raising Money For Mana‘olana Pink Paddlers: Mana‘olana Pink Paddler’s wine and cheese tasting fundraiser will be held this Sunday, Mar. 25, from 2-4pm at Stella Blues in Kihei.
Mana‘olana Pink Paddlers (manaolanapinkpaddlers.org/events) is a non-profit canoe club for cancer survivors and supporters. They raise awareness and funding for cancer treatment. This wine and cheese tasting fundraiser will raise money for low income Maui residents’ cancer diagnoses and treatments.
Mana‘olana Pink Paddlers is small (just 47 members) but they’re trying to do things with a big impact on our community. All you have to do is sign up to drink wine and eat cheese on Sunday. Cost is $30 per person and includes a variety of wines and cheeses. Make your reservations now because space is limited to 50 guests. Call Mary Dungans at 876-1553 for more information (you can also make your checks payable to Mana‘olana Pink Paddlers).
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Kō Reopens: Chef Tylun Pang must be ecstatic now that the renovations of Kō at the Fairmont Kealani in Wailea are complete. They will officially open their dining room on April 1 and it looks spectacular.
Now we can forget all about their earlier tables that had umbrellas hanging overhead because their space is now far more elegant (which is good, considering the upgrade cost $5 million and took nine months).
From the food to the architecture to new family-style service options, the entire dining experience has been brought to a new level.
Kō, which translates to “sugarcane” in Hawaiian, showcases the diverse culinary history of the sugarcane plantation era, serving Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese menu items. The concept was to create a menagerie of dishes that stayed true to each culture rather than mixed in a “fusion” style.
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Pulehu Holds Wine-Pairing With Patrick Okubo: I’m just no longer satisfied when merely drinking wine. Each drop must eke out a learning experience for my palate. I guess the guys at Pulehu in the Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas are feelin’ me because on Wednesday, Mar. 28, they’re holding a four-course dinner and champagne reception with Patrick Okubo, the world’s youngest Master Sommelier. What could be better than learning from him?
Okubo has chosen the wine that’s paired with prawns, veal sweetbreads, duck and steak courses. He’ll also say a word or two about his picks. Think of it as an evening of enlightenment, where wine is concerned.
Okubo is Hawaii’s third certified master Sommelier as well as the Pacific/Hawaii region winner of the Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Sommelier Competition consecutively from 2008 through 2010. He’s now the Enchanson Provencal. He also holds a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS) from the Society of Wine Educators.
The Sommelier Champagne Reception starts at 5:30pm, and the Wine Education and dinner begins at 6pm. The cost is $85 per person and reservations are required. Please call 667-3254 or visit westinkaanapali.com.
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