Kona Brewing Co. Releases Wailua Wheat For Spring

Kona Brewing Co. Releases Wailua Wheat For Spring

A quick plug for not just one of our sponsors, but one of Hawaii's tried and true products that is garnering quite a buzz throughout the mainland. Kona Brewing Company sent over a few samples of its new spring release beer -- a follow up to this past fall's Pipeline Porter, which was made with Kona Coffee. This week, Kona's Wailua Wheat will begin showing up on shelves and taps around the State, and it's certainly worth a try.

Our review: It's lighter than expected, a nice complement to spring, and the dishes we tend to seek during these months. It's not as hoppy as either the Longboard or IPA style beers, nodding more to a cleaner, Belgian-styled ale. Rather yellow and clear in color, it has an ever-subtle fruity after bight, which is the addition of lilikoi, or Hawaiian passion fruit.

Not only is it a tasty change within the Kona repertoire, but the bottle is fantastically designed. Nodding to the 1950's Hawaiiana style of illustration, the bottle depicts a bikini clad lass dipping in to a wading pool at the base of a waterfall. It's as if you stumbled across this mirage while hiking through the Hawaiian jungle...

Kona Brewing Company's Koko Marina Center restaurant has planned a dinner to celebrate American Craft Beer Week (if you were looking for an excuse to hit the pub, aside from the new brew) on May 16th at 5:30 p.m. A four-course dinner will start with a trio of gourmet grilled cheeses (mozzarella and basil, smoked gouda and Hamakua tomato, extra sharp cheddar and arugula), each of which is paired with a different Kona brew. Next will be a warmed strawberry spinach salad served with Big Wave Golden Ale-braised shrimp, paired with the new Wailua Wheat. Main course will be lemongrass crusted fresh catch with Thai style red curry over rice, served with Fire Rock Pale Ale.

So tell the wifey the new, limited release Kona Brew is out, and it has lilikoi in it, and you just can't miss it. Maybe she'll even come along.

Tickets are $60 per person, and include food, drink, tax and gratuity.

There will be live music between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Visit www.konabrewingco.com for general information, or call (808) 394-5662 for dinner tickets.