Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Brewing Report: Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii

This week’s beers are from Kona Brewing Company. The brewing headquarters are located in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Thankfully, the beer is also brewed stateside in Portland, Oregon and Portsmouth, New Hampshire so I can find it reasonably priced at my local liquor store.

We first tasted Kona at a benefit for the Florida aquarium last year and loved it.

Fire Rock Pale Ale - The pale ale is bright, fruity and refreshing. It has the bite of a pale ale, but a smoother finish. Pale ale purists may revolt because it has a stronger malt flavor than most pale ale and some of the after bite is lost, But to us this makes it much more drinkable.

Longboard Island Lager - The lager is also a little fruity. It has a nice malty flavor and smooth finish. A solid choice in the lager category.

*This is the second of a multi-week series on beer where I will be reviewing regional beers from across the country To see the first post on Great Divide Brewing Company – please click here. Special thanks this week to Glenn Sparks for his help in tasting. . Enjoy!

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