The Washington Post’s annual bracket-style beer competition, Beer Madness, pitted 64 nationally available craft beers in a battle to find the finest in packaged craft beer. After the panel of judges finished the first two rounds of tastings, the final four contenders were Schmaltz Brewing Co.’s Coney Island Sword Swallower, Flying Fish Brewing Co.’s Exit #4, Dc Brau’s The Public, and eventual winner Maui Brewing Co.’s CoCoNuT Porter.
The CoCoNuT porter impressed the panel with the depth of its roasted malt flavors, and the subtle coconut flavor surprised them. The write-up fo the final match-up includes some interesting notes on how the porter is brewed:
[Maui Brewing co-founder Garrett] Marrero uses strips of locally grown coconut, about 200 pounds per 25-barrel batch of beer. He toasts the coconut to eliminate the oils (which would kill any head), then adds it to a vessel called the hopback as the beer flows from kettle to fermenter. The beer also steeps on sacks of shredded coconut following the primary fermentation.
I really enjoyed the cans of this I’ve sampled, especially those I drank in the most excellent Pau Hana Bar and Grill in Kapaaa on Kauai in 2010. This article reminds me how delicious it is, and now I will be on the look-out for some more. Have you tried the canned porter? Let’s hear your thoughts on the Washington Post’s bracket in the comments.