I’ve been back about two weeks from our little trip to Kauai and I have to say… I’m still daydreaming of beaches, mai tais and helicopter rides. The last two weeks have been full of mid terms and far too much reading, makes a girl kind of miss paradise a bit! We stayed at Courtyard Kaua’i at Coconut Beach, which is a fantastic resort- highly recommend, but spent time in Poipu, Lihue and some time in the sky too!
It wouldn’t be vacation without a whole bunch of beer- I mean, come on.. it’s me we’re talking about here. Our first stop on Kauai was Lava Lava Beach Club; this fantastic restaurant on the beach with a pretty great beer line-up, tropical drinks, tasty foods and, did I mention? THE BEACH. The one thing I loved about Kauai is that every where you go they have a ton of Hawaii brews on tap. Well, I haven’t been to any other island.. but it definitely hit my ‘home town pride’ heart strings! (Seattle can be my hometown.. it’s like a really big town. Right?) Being on a beach amongst the palm trees obviously meant I had to indulge in a Maui Brewing‘s CoCoNut PorTeR to accompany our pineapple fried rice- and it was served IN a pineapple.. if I needed a reason to never come home, it might be these two together. Poured in a pint with a nice thick head, this dark porter gave up instant aromas of coconut, malt, spice, chocolate and hints of coffee as well. I was really surprised with how light the coconut was, without being too much or too little, and the drinkability was pretty smooth for a porter.
Next up was Kauai Island Brewing down in Eleele. I found them on instagram before we even booked our tickets to Hawaii, and instantly fell in love with their growlers so I had to check them out. The brewery itself is kind of down a funky road toward some docks, but the inside is actually pretty cool. This taproom and grill offered a lot of selections both on the food and brew side, but happened to be out of BOTH their IPAs! So, if you’re going to be stopping by, let me know how they are! My lineup consisted of the Pakala Porter, Cane Fire Red, Napali Pale Ale and the Lilikoi Ale. I really dug the porter the most, but couldn’t justify taking home 64 ounces of a beer only I like.. but it was worth it.
Our last stop was Kauai Beer Company in Lihue and they had a pretty sweet set up for taster flights. I mean, literally all eight and some pretty hefty pours too! These beers included the Lihue Lager, Lilikoi Wheat, Black Limousine, Magnus O’Stout, Tropical Armadillo, El IPA, Kokobopo and the Sleeping Giant. Talk about some damn fine flavors, but the Black Limousine was honestly one of my favorites. After experiencing a german-style schwarzbier from Dru Bru, I’ve been more and more intrigued with this style of beer. This beer is kind of awesome because it tastes almost like a porter but has a lighter body, meaning better drinkability, some lower IBUs and almost 2% less ABV. Also, amazing toffee, caramel and coffee notes to match with it. Second favorite was the tropical armadillo which had an awesome hoppy aspect due to it being dry hopped with both citra and amarillo hops, creamy and smooth mouthfeel with citrus and fruity aromas.
I’ll admit, Hawaii had some pretty cool brews.. but I definitely missed the PNW. So, if you’re going to Hawaii, and especially Kauai, go on a helicopter ride! Here are some pictures to make you a bit jealous. Cheers Xx