Posts Tagged ‘Coconut Porter’

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin ran a special insert this past Sunday focusing on Hawaii’s growing beer scene. Those close to me know I enjoy drinking local brews whenever I get the chance and have become a fan of Maui Brewing Company’s award-winning line of beers, particularly its Coconut Porter.

Many folks out ther may not realize how many breweries we have in the islands, so to all the beer lovers out there I share this link with you. Bud Light, Heineken, and Coors Light may be the regular beers seen at most local parties, but give the local guys a try if you haven’t already done so and let me know if you agree that Hawaii’s got some great homegrown brew!

-NGK

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Kelly and Ensen in the yard at Maui Grandma’s house.

Our second day on Maui was much more relaxing. We spent most of the day lounging around the house and took a quick drive through Makawao and Paia before heading to town to pick up a few things for dinner later that night at Maui Grandma’s place. This is what vacation is all about. No worries about work or driving in traffic on the freeway in Honolulu. Just pure relaxation to recharge our “batteries.” Here’s a quick recap of Day 2.

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Ensen was his usual chipper self waking up early to enjoy another day in paradise. He wasted no time waking Kelly and me up and peeking outside the bedroom window to catch a glimpse of the island from the slopes of Haleakala.

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Later that evening, the family gathered at Maui Grandma’s house for dinner. That’s Aunty Vicky and Uncle Herbert above with Ensen. Kelly and her mom worked all day in the kitchen to get things ready. Uncle Frank fired up the BBQ and grilled some steaks, smoked meat (YUM!), and teri beef. Uncle Joe and Aunty Avis brought ono salads, sashimi, and kim chee crab. Napili Grandma came over too, as did Kelly’s cousin Tyler, who happened to be on Maui over the weekend.

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As for me, I didn’t do much on Saturday (I know…shame yeah?) but keep Ensen entertained and enjoyed a few Maui Brewing Company beers that evening. I was hesitant to buy this stuff…$12.99 for a six pack…but I have to say the beer was really good. So good that I would definitely buy it again. My favorite was the Coconut Porter, a dark “Guiness-like” beer with hints of toasted coconut, which was surprisingly delicious. The Bikini Blonde Lager and Big Swell IPA were also very good. Is it happy hour yet?

After dinner, Ensen provided much of the entertainment for the rest of the evening. It was another great day on Maui. With Easter and a visit to the Maui Ocean Center coming up the final day, it was a much needed break before heading back to Oahu.

The final installment of our Maui vacation coming will be posted soon.

-NGK