Annie Haglund is a major foodie and loves a good brew. She is our eyes and ears on the Hawaiian Islands; keeping us abreast on island beer culture. And she is our very special guest blogger. Take it away Annie!
Thanks Ash! Upon a friend’s urging, my husband and I visited Maui Brewing Company on a quiet misty afternoon. The first thing we noticed was that the bar was a cavernous wide open room, with what we thought was strange table positioning. This, however, made no difference to the noon crowd because all the bar stools were occupied and the bar was obviously the preferred eating spot. Because our friend had spoken so highly of the beer and food, we decided to be seated and order both. We are huge foodies and expected to get your typical bar fair. We were pleasantly surprised when we saw that while it was typical pub fair types, everything was farm to table. This made every bite sensational! While pondering our lunch options, we noticed that most of the food choices had one or more beers in the recipe which made each option unique and fun.
The biggest surprise however was the beer itself! We had to do a sampling. First we had the Bikini Beer Lager which was much like most blonde lagers, but this one was bold and refreshing on a hot day. Next we sank into the Mana Wheat. Instantly we noticed a hint of pineapple which added sweetness to this wheat ale. The boldest one we tried was the St Damien at 11.2% alcohol content and stored in Pinot Noir Kegs — this aged ale will kick ass and please the fussiest of Beer Snobs! To round out our tasting, we tried the Lahainatown Brown Ale. The rich toasty taste was pleasant and made us want another round but lunch time was over and it was time to go and watch some surfers!