Maui Brewing Co.

September 13, 2011

Handcrafted ales and lagers brewed with aloha

We first discovered beers from Maui Brewing Co. at a beer festival in Santa Rosa. They have been operating from the island of Maui since 2005 but their beers are now starting to appear in stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Colorado and Puerto Rico. They have been showing up to beer festivals since they started though and have a decent list of medals to show for it.

One of the things that makes MBC unique is that they distribute their beer in cans rather than bottles. This is a part of their commitment to sustainability. Cans are cleaner than bottles (which shatter) and there is a can recycling facility on Maui but no glass recycling. Cans also let no light in which slows the aging process of the beer, though I guess some might argue that is a downside!

As well as using cans MBC also turns leftover vegetable oil from their brewpub into biofuel, donates spent grain to local farmers, has installed solar panels onto the roof of its brewing facility and sells spare barley to local homebrewers at near cost, a significant saving over what shipping would be for such small quantities. All part of wanting to help the local community wherever possible.

MBC has two locations, both on the North-West corner of Maui. Their main brewery is in Lahaina where they give detailed tours of the brewing process. Attached is a tasting room which will normally have five of their beers on tap. Their brewpub is a few miles further North in Napili. They do some small scale brewing here and also have around 16 of their beers on tap plus a couple of guest beers.