Kona Brewing adds Hanalei Island IPA to its lineup
Hot on the heels of two recent limited edition beers spotlighting local mango as the featured ingredient, another Hawaii-based brewery is getting fruity with a new offering that will eventually get national distribution.
Last week, my Barfly column in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (current subscribers can click here to read) shared details about Honolulu Beerworks’ Dango Yo Mango pale ale, which uses fruit from a 80-year-old orchard on Molokai and despite selling out quickly last month will return to the Kakaako brewery’s lineup once owner and brewmaster Geoff Seideman can get another delivery of mangoes.
I also gave readers a heads-up on Lanikai Brewing Co.’s Mango Bomb triple IPA, a one-two punch of sweet mango and bitter hoppiness that clocks in at 11.4 percent alcohol by volume. Family, friends and fans of the brewery from Kailua and Haleiwa crowdsourced the fruit used in this beer, and it’s interesting to see how well the juicy, sweet flavors stand out despite the presence of what tastes like an insane amount of hops added during brewing.
And now it’s Kona Brewing Company’s turn as they pay tribute to Kauai with the release of their Hanalei Island IPA made with a blend of passionfruit, orange and guava juices. Introduced exclusively at the company’s Hawaii Kai and Kailua-Kona brewpubs this week, other local restaurants and bars will get access to kegs of the brew later this year and a national release planned for 2017.
“It was a natural progression to develop a beer that incorporated fruits ... to distinctly represent Hawaii,” said KBC head of brewing operations Sandi Shriver in a release announcing the new beer. “Hanalei Island IPA is an extremely drinkable beer that will appeal to those new to beer as well as the more seasoned connoisseurs.”
According to the brewery, the new beer is sweet — but not too sweet, thanks to a bitterness from the use of Azacca and Galaxy hops during the beer-making process that results in an IBU (International Bitterness Units) measurement of 32 and 4.5 percent ABV. KBC describes it as a “session-style ale” that should pair well with seafood, tacos, pizza or pasta.
Kona Brewing’s Oahu brewpub is located at Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy. Hawaii island residents can visit the brewery’s original brewpub location at 74-5612 Pawai Pl. in Kailua-Kona. Call (808) 396-5662 or (808) 334-2739, respectively.
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.