PLEASE READ RESPONSIBLY Wondering which pilsner goes best with liliko’i mahimahi or where to ﬁnd your favorite Big Island craft brew? Now you can turn to The Hawaii Beer Book (Watermark Publishing, $15.95) by lifelong Honolulu resident and travel writer Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi. Proﬁles of eight Hawaiian craft breweries and island-by-island bar recommendations will help you search for the perfect pint (at the Emerald Orchid in Hilo, for example, you can sample all of the Mehana Brewing Company’s beers). If you’d rather whip up some island ﬂavors at home, you’ll ﬁnd a guide to home brewing, beer-favored recipes and food-pairing suggestions from Hawaiian brewers and chefs. The Hali’imaile General Store’s famous beer-battered apple fritters with a cold Na Pali Pale Ale? Doesn’t get much more aloha-spirited than that.
KANGAROO’S ISLAND BREW PALE ALE
Our Take Golden as an Australian sunset, this ale goes down smooth, with just the faintest hint of sweetness.
Local Flavors Made with locally harvested barley and pure-strain Kangaroo Island Ligurian honey.
Brew Story Kellie Connell and Brenton Lovering made their own homebrew for years before increasing production to create the island’s first widely distributed beer in December 2006. Today they brew their award-winning concoction in 6,000-litre quantities three times a year along with Pink Lady sparkling cider, made from Kangaroo Island apples.
Perfect Pairing Drink this pale ale with a rack of lamb dipped in rosemary sauce. Or if you’re in the mood for seafood, try it with fresh, steamed flounder.
MAUI BREWING CO. COCONUT PORTER
Our Take This dark, full-bodied brew will surprise even accomplished beer drinkers and Maui aficionados.
Local Flavors Flavored with six varieties of barley plus hops and hand-toasted coconut.
Brew Story Garret Marrero and his wife, Melanie, purchased an existing brew- pub in 2005 and turned the failing establishment around.Their 18 varieties (all brewed and bottled on Maui, with flavors like pineapple, local organic honey, guava, mango and coconut) have won 22 medals. The Coconut Porter has won the World Beer Cup twice.
Perfect Pairing Pair this porter with a Maui Cattle Company filet — rare. Keep drinking into dessert; this porter complements anything chocolate.
KALIK BEER OF THE BAHAMAS
Our Take Light and airy, this party beer is like the Caribbean — easy to drink up and easy to love.
Local Flavors A traditional lager made with malted wheat and hops, usually served with a wedge of lime.
Brew Story Named for the tinkle of cowbells that sound during the annual Junkanoo Festival in the Baha- mas, Kalik is brewed and bottled by Commonwealth Brewery Ltd. on Nassau. For years this beachside beverage could only be found in the islands, but today thirsty travelers can find it at select outlets in the U.S.
Perfect Pairing Sip a Kalik to wash down a spicy conch fritter with hot peppers, to complement grilled shrimp with lime at the Junkanoo festival or to simply enjoy a quiet island day.