Beer Review: Longboard Island Lager, Kona Brewing Company

by J Frazzetta | April 28th, 2009 | Beer

longboardBottle/Tap: Bottle

Last week I happened to jump in a plane and take a trip to Oahu, Hawaii, to pick up a few beers.  I ate at Duke’s on Waikiki and enjoyed a sunset near Diamond Head while watching people walk on the busy sidewalk.

If you believe any of that, I have a bridge to sell you.  No, I was in Manchester picking out some beers with a friend for the Bruins game when I came across a few beers from Kona Brewing.  I was amazed to see them on the shelf and bought one of each of the three beers they had.  I was intrigued and thought nothing would taste better during a hockey game than beer from Hawaii.

Kona Brewing is based in Kona, Hawaii, but they have a satellite brewer in Portsmouth, which explains why I could get this beer all the way in New England.  It still tasted like I should have been on the beach, though.  This was a smooth lager that didn’t taste like any lager I was used to.  There was a funny twist toward the end that made me realize that this beer was from a part of the world where it is sunny all the time.

When I was 13, I took a trip to Oahu for two weeks with my family, and this beer brought back many memories.  I liked how it wasn’t very bitter and emphasized more of the flavor than anything else. There weren’t any extra fruit flavors; it was straight forward and delicious.  This was a treat and a trip down memory lane.

With summer coming over the horizon I suggest finding this brew wherever you can and adding it to your normal regiment of summer beers.  Hang loose!

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