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!