Monthly Archives: January 2011

Kona Brewing Company

C and I spent 10 days in Hawaii and of course I had to drink local as much as possible. It seemed the biggest Hawaiian brewery is the Kona Brewing Company out if Kailua-Kona on the west side of the Big Island, but there’s also the Mehana Brewing Company in Hilo, the other side of the Big Island.

While there, I tried four Kona beers, one of which, the Fire Rock Pale Ale, I had had years ago in NY. I remember liking, but not loving this one. I was pleasantly surprised that locally, it was not only much better bottled, but even better on tap.  Very good, actually.  Next Kona beer I tried was the Longboard Lager.  It was, well, a lager.  In general I hate lager.  So no comment on that one.  Next was the Big Wave Golden Ale.  It was on tap at one of the only restaurants open after 9pm in Kona, Quinn’s Almost By The Sea.  It was weak and boring, in my not so humble opinion.  The last was delicious, the Pipeline Porter.  I first had this in bottle in Honolulu, then on tap at the Honolulu Airport in the Kona brewpub.  Great in bottle and even better on tap.  Looks like this is seasonal release.

The one beer I had from Mehana was the Mauna Kea Pale Ale.  I thought it was good, but not nearly as good as Kona’s.  I didn’t see any IPAs there at all.

Great trip.  Good beer.