One of my favorite pastimes while traveling is visiting wineries and microbreweries. While on Maui, I had the opportunity to tour the Maui Brewing Company which sits on 5 lush acres of land. It’s an amazing facility that produces close to a million cans of beer a year. They’re working toward sustainability by charcoal filtering all of their own water and trying to go totally solar in the future. They recycle almost everything including their mash which goes to local farms. I tried their Bikini Blonde, Pineapple Mana Wheat, Coconut Hiwa Porter, Big swell IPA and Lahaina Town Brown Ale. All were excellent, but the Pineapple Mana wheat and Coconut Hiwa Porter were quite unique and give the term terroir for beer a real meaning. The Coconut Hiwa Porter showcased notes of toasted coconut, malt, coffee and dark cocoa. It had 6% ABV and the IBU was 30. So next time you’re traveling out to Maui, stop by for a pint and a tour.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.