Last week I was invited to attend the blessing of the new bottling line at Hawai`i Nui Brewing (aka Mehana). Here in Hawai`i the launch of new things are often blessed by kahuna.
After the blessing all in attendance were invited to help themselves to pupus and draft beer. A quick scan of the jockey box revealed a tap with something new; Southern Cross Winter Ale. Hmmm...
From their web site blog, "This year our 'Southern Cross' seasonal ale it is a smoked double red or what some call an Imperial Amber Ale. We brew it with Belgian style yeast for a very authentic and phenomenal beer."
All I can say is Wow! A really nice Belgian style double! I didn't taste the smoke, but I was blown away! Good commercial beer is finally being brewed right here in River City... oops, I mean Hilo.
Hawai`i Nui Brewing is the only brewery bottling beer here in Hawai`i.
While marveling at the new seasonal beer, I talked story with Hawai`i Nui president Keith Kinsey and brewer Kaiao Archer. They said that they knew Mehana had a reputation of brewing unremarkable beers, but they are determined to brew their way out of that reputation. I said that Southern Cross was certainly evidence of that. When asked what I would like to see Hawai`i Nui brew, I told them I really like hoppy beers, "How about a stick-your-dick-in-the-dirt hoppy imperial IPA?"
Kaiao looked at Keith and said, "See?! I told you! I'd really love to brew one imperial IPA!"
I said, "It would be the perfect New Years seasonal."
They do have a seasonal batch of Tsunami IPA due out in a couple of weeks. Yeah baby! Good things are coming here on the Big Island!
Now back to my growler of Southern Cross. Yum! I worked hard today. I earned it.