Monday is here, and it’s time to start another week. Pick of the Weekend is our weekly post where we recap our favorite brews of the weekend past.
Maui Brewing Co makes some of our favorite go-to beers, and they have recently teamed up with other breweries for a pair of collaboration brews that showcase uncommon ingredients. The tropical fruits and flowers led to some unique and delicious brews!
Maui Brewing Co. + Dogfish Head
First up is Liquid Bread Fruit. This collaboration with Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione not only uses Hawaiian bread fruit it also contains toasted papaya seeds and was fermented by a new strain of yeast that Dogfish Head isolated from a Delaware peach orchard. The result is a Belgian-style golden ale that is intensely fruity and spicy. The use of topical fruit heavy Calypso hops amps up the fruit notes even further and provides a nicely bitter finish to the 8%ABV tripel-like beer.
The beer was brewed, and canned, in Maui and the California Allotment is just making its way onto store shelves. Only 400 barrels were brewed so this beer won’t stick around for long, and we plan on hoarding whatever we can get our hands on.
Maui Brewing Co. + Coronado Brewing Co.
Maui Brewing Co also collaborated with San Diego’s Coronado Brewing Co on a beer to benefit the Susan G Komen 3-day breast cancer walk. The hibiscus-spiked IPA may be unmistakably pink in the glass, but it is no “girly beer”. Hibiscus IPA is packed with American hops that provide a potent wave of tropical fruit flavors with a lingering finish. The hibiscus adds a distinct floral and tart note to the beer which I found extremely refreshing. It was not unlike a shandy made with a west coast IPA and hibiscus cooler, and it was deemed “awesome-and-a-half” by those who sampled it.
The balance of sweet, tart, and bitter is spot-on, and the pink-hued brew’s body is lighter than the average IPA. At under 5%ABV it makes for an excellent session beer; if you can find enough of it to session! There is an extremely limited bottle release of the beer, and it is another one that we will hoard if we manage to find any on the shelves.
Collaborations and new creative ingredients were a strong theme in new beers in 2012, and Maui Brewing Co is excelling at both. Now is not the time to be timid about trying beers with uncommon, or even strange, ingredients. When skilled brewers put their heads together the rewards far outweigh the risks.
Do you have a favorite collaboration or beer brewed with uncommon ingredients from 2012? Let’s hear about them in the comments.