Following on from my last post this is another beauty in a can from Maui Brewing in Hawaii that I picked up at Utobeer in South London, like most of us its also the first place for me to go in town to pick up something new and interesting and the stall never disappoints. In London we have now only around half dozen specialist beer shops and I think its about time someone opened one up in East London, I did look at premises myself earlier this year but just been to busy with stuff so if anyone knows of a decent premises let me know.
Going back to Maui five years ago these guys brewed 400 bbls and in 2010 11,000 bbls now that’s impressive, plus Q1 2011 sales are up by 79% for the same period last year with overall expected production for 2011 looking at about 20,000 BBLs. Husband and wife team Garrett and Melanie Marrero have laid down a strong commitment to the local economy with top of the agenda being concern for the local environment, the cans they use are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials which they prefer to use rather than bottles which break and pollute the local beaches. They don't even use plastic rings around the cans but a recyclable plastic carrying device, which is less dangerous to marine life. Local farms, Bio Diesel and Solar panels are all ongoing developments in the breweries sustainability mantra, which you can read more about from this link.
Now the important bit: Pours a cloudy golden orange with a large tan head. Aroma is hoppy floral, spicy, citrus tropical fruits. Flavour is a light on hops than you would expect, citrus and tropical fruits make up for that and it's really spicy, i think its cloves maybe but definitely something out of my curry powder blend. Very Enjoyable IPA I would have with a curry any day.
Big Swell IPA - Maui Brewing Co (6.2%) 8/10
That’s two Maui beers I’ve tired so far and both are very enjoyable, time to find another Maui