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Your Guide to the Brews and Food at Maui Brew Fest

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Cheers to Craft Beers! photo courtesy of Sean Hower

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:

For the ultimate beer geek, download the Untappd app (iphone & android) and become part of the craft drinking community there, with tasting points and beer finding guides.

Maui Brewers Festival 2014

Saturday May 17, 2014

4 t0 7 pm

Buy tickets at http://www.mauiarts.org/ or call 808-242-show

The Brews:

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.

The Red Sea of Cacao

Mele Mai Bock

 

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

Caldera Mother Pucker Raspberry Sour, 6 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.

Maui Maibock

Lorenzini Blood Orange IPA

808 Crystal Wheat

Vienna Waits for You

Double Overhead IPA

Pau Hana Pilsner

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

 

OskarBlues @oskarblues

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

Hoptimum Imperial Whole Cone IPA

 

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

 

The Food:

AK’s Café

 

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

 

Flatbread Company

 

Pork Mopsy OR Veggie Mopsy Flatbreads

 

Fleetwoods on Front St

 

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

 

Kalama’s Local Grinds

 

Ahi Poke

 

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

 

MiGRANT @migrantmaui

 

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

 

Sansei

 

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

 

Vasi’s Catering

 

Chocolate Fountain

 

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 food columns for MauiTime, love being a Maui girl and adore my big family. Dedicated food taster, blogger, internet fanatic, and Maui and Hawaii specialist.