Maui CoCoNut Porter


We’ve been way into coconut lately. Maybe its because the end of summer has come and we’re mourning the end of sun-drenched days spent on the beach. Suffice it to say that we’ve also been searching for coconut in our beer! Our favorite one is a canned porter from Maui Brewing Company called (what else?) Coconut Porter, and it will be featured at Cana Rum Bar on Saturday during the LA Craft Beer Crawl!

Wait…did we say a “can” of beer? You bet your bumpkiss we did. Craft brewers are putting some great artisanal beers in cans. But don’t worry, these aren’t the cans of old. New beer cans have a lining that prevents any kind of tinny, metalic flavor from imparting on your favorite beverage. Also, regardless of what some “born on date” people say, “skunkiness” in a beer has nothing to do with how old your beer is.

Skunkiness comes from a chemical reaction that takes place when LIGHT strikes your beer. That’s why most of the great beers in the world come in very dark bottles. Imagine how much more your beer is protected if its in a can? Don’t be a can snob!

Back to the beer. Maui Brewing Company is in Kahana on beautiful Maui, where the company practices “Malama i Ka Aina” or “Caring for the land.” They use vehicles run on vegetable oil, and many other environmentally safe practices, including the aforementioned use of cans, which protects Maui beaches from broken glass, and are more easily recycled and shipped than bottles. Because of their environmentally conscious nature, we were predisposed to like Maui Brewing Company, which is a dangerous thing in our profession and often leads to disappointment. Thankfully, this was not the case with their Coconut Porter.

This beer is delicious. It’s dark and toasty and nice and rich without being cloying. As per the name, this beer is made with toasted coconut, which gives this beer a bright balance and beautiful aromatics, followed by chocolate and coffee notes. You might think that we’re describing a big beer, but we’re not. The flavors are great, but they don’t smack you across the face. It’s a waft of smoke and just a nip of hops at the end that supplies this nicely nuanced beer a nice dry finish. This beer is the perfect gateway beer to lead you from the summer beach to the winter fire!
Try the other Maui Beers this Saturday at Cana Rum Bar! We’ll also be featuring their Big Swell IPA and their Bikini Blonde Ale!