Last month, I went to Honolulu for a couple of days. The only things I wanted to do went as follows:
1.) Go to a brewery.
2.) Hike by a waterfall.
3.) Take some basic white girl pictures with a pineapple or coconut.
So I googled “local Hawaii breweries” to cross off the first thing on my list. I find Kona Brewing Company and see they have brewery tours. Sweet, now I can actually add interesting facts to my review instead just my (highly educated) opinions.
After getting lost a couple of times, narrowly avoiding car accidents and almost being murdered by the only guy in our group, we arrived…only to find out we’re on the wrong island. The actual brewery that has tours is on the big island. Which is not the island the capital is on. I’m still trying to understand that one.
Moral of the story: when you’re booking activities in Hawaii, make sure you’re on the right island.
The afternoon wasn’t a total loss because this was our view:
Oh yeah, and the beer…
I’m a huge fan of beer flights, also plane flights. Weird, how that works out.
(Left to right, top to bottom)
Beer One: Big Wave Golden Ale (4.4% ABV)
Holy moly. Go to your backyard when it’s about 75 degrees with a slight breeze and bright sunshine. Get a lawn chair and a sandbox. Put on some ocean waves and Hawaiian music in the background. Go sit in the chair, stick your feet in the sand and close your eyes. That’s what this beer tastes like. Kona said they made it for easy drinking after a day on the water. I say it’s all that and the perfect vacation beer. Also, I think it would be good for people who are trying to like beer.
It’s also great for shot gunning later on in the day (my favorite activity)!
Beer Two: Hula Hefeweizen (5% ABV)
I love Hefeweizens. I love that they taste like bubblegum. I don’t care if it’s supposed to be a banana flavor. I taste bubblegum.
To me they are like riding a bike up a little hill of flavor then you sail down the other side. Sadly, this Hefe wasn’t fireworks, it was smooth and nice but nothing special. I think I would have liked it more if I hadn’t just had the Big Wave.
Beer Three: Koko Brown (5.5% ABV)
This was the one beer than everyone in my group ordered. I’m usually a light beer kind of person but there is something about porters that I love. Maybe it’s because they always flavor it with something else. Maybe because it’s like drinking AND eating.
Anyway, there was a lot of hype about this one. I liked it. It was smooth like a satin blanket (which is what I compare porters to). My problem with it was that I couldn’t taste the toasted coconut. I really wanted that coconut taste. I’m willing to keep trying it until I get the coconut. But everyone I was with, loved it, so I definitely recommend it.
Beer Four: Wailua Wheat (5.4% ABV)
Along with Hefes, I LOVE fruit beers. It’s because I’m a basic white girl and I have zero shame about it. This one has passion fruit (it’s called Liliko’i there) in it.
SO GOOD! The passion fruit adds a bit of sweetness and tang to it. Another great beach beer. I could drink these all day.
I highly recommend Kona Brewery. It’s the perfect brewery with a Hawaiian twist. Nothing super crazy or pretentious, just beer made with a little love notes from Hawaii in each one.
Cheers for the Beers (abroad),
– Erin AKA “The Brewed Blonde”
P.S. Check out Konabrewingco.com for more info and where you can find them