Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Maui Brew News

True Hawaiian Breweries Take Top Honors at U.S. Beer Open

Truly Local, Truly No Ka Oi (Lahaina, Maui, HI) - Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) of Hawaii is elated to have been honored with nine wins and named Grand National Champion at the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Two gold, five silver, and two bronze medals were awarded on July 4, 2010. This is the first competition to include both professional brewers and award-winning home brewers. More than 700 beers in 50 categories were judged. The judges also named a "Judge's Award" for the top five "most creative names" and "most creative flavors." Among their favorites was Lucifer's Angel by Maui Brewing Co.

Gold medals went to Double Overhead IPA in the Imperial IPA Category and to Black Pearl in the Wood/Barrel-Aged Beer Category. Silver medals were awarded to Pau Hana Pils in the Bohemian Pilsener Category, Shipwreck Stout in the Oatmeal Stout Category, Bikini Blonde Lager in the Munchner Helles Category, SmokeStack Lager in the Smoked/Rauch Beer Category and CoCoNut PorTer in the Herb and Spice Beer Category. Heaven & Hell won bronze in the Wood/Barrel-Aged Strong Beer Category and Lucifer's Angel won bronze in the Barley Wine Category.

"We entered ten different beers, and placed with nine. This is a tremendous achievement given the fierce competition," comments Garrett Marrero. These medals further solidify the fact that Maui Brewing Co. is officially Hawaii's #1 craft brewery." Our goal has always been to make the best beers we can make. We are Hawaii's #1 craft beer and with this year's expansion we have become the largest!" adds Garrett. "I'd also like to add that our friends at Hawaii Nui Brewing in Hilo, HI were awarded a gold medal in the American Brown Ale category for their Hapa Brown Ale, which was also a silver medal winner at the World Beer Cup earlier this year and in the American Pale Ale category won with their Mehana Mauna Kea Pale Ale. We are proud to see Hawaii Nui Brewing receive recognition and join us as a brewery producing, packaging and bringing to market authentic Hawaiian products."

Maui Brewing Co. is the only brewer and canner of craft beer in Hawaii as 100% of the beers are brewed and canned on Maui. Additionally, Maui Brewing Co. microbrews are officially Hawaii's #1 craft beer. With a strong commitment to the local economy, and deep concern for the environment, MBC microbrews are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Although cans and bottles are both recyclable, bottles still break and may pose a risk at beaches. The cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists; they have the added bonus of protecting the beer in the best possible manner, protecting the product from both light and oxygen damage which can seriously compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the products. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting; and any cans damaged in production are donated to the Maui Humane Society. MBC purchased equipment from Maui Land & Pineapple, preserving a piece of Hawaii's canning history.

Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, run a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as the 25-barrel full production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii as opposed to other "Hawaiian" beers.

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