Tap the Rock: Brewfest Endures, Tsunami or Otherwise

This March 70 Brewers Descend onto the Big Island

Tap the Rock: Brewfest Endures, Tsunami or Otherwise

It’s that magical time of year again: When the Big Island lava surges (with gusto, we might add), the winds come sweeping down from the Holualoa coffee belt... and a sumptuous variety of ale flows effortlessly from hundreds of taps at the Kona Brewers Festival. While it may be two months away (March 10, 2012), there’s no time like the now to plan your “Brews for the Big Rock” weekend so you can maximize your Hawai‘i Island experience.

The organizers of the brew fest are kind enough to not only gather more than 70 brewers from around the country on this given Saturday, but they arrange for additional events such as the evening prior beer and food pairing dinner, a charity golf tournament (yes there are beers at the holes) and a "Walk/Run for Hops" the morning  before the big swigfest.

Advance tickets to the festival are $55, and include the mug that will hold all the hops you can handle (and some you probably can’t) on the 10th. The festival takes place this year in it’s pre-tsunami location—the sprawling, oceanside peninsula at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel’s luau grounds. It seems no amount of food or debauchery is too much for this locale.

Fear not for your appetite; on the day of, dozens of delectable eateries from around the island churn out plate after plate of the perfect suds accompaniment. Po’ Boys, sliders, short rib stews and the like are no strangers to this event. However, the true brew-inspired fare is unveiled the evening before, on March 9th, at the Sheraton Keauhou, during the Brewers Pa‘ina Dinner. A sneak peak at the menu includes: Big Island beef mousaka (paired with Kona Brewing Company’s Big Wave Golden Ale); roast lamb with Lavaman Red Ale Jus; and local seafood pasta with Wailua Wheat Ale. Desserts include a Hula Hefeweizen and local banana bread pudding with banana caramel and more. The hot ticket for this event is $60 per person—a steal if there ever was one.

Head on over to www.KonaBrewersFestival.com for more information on the golf tourney, the walk/run, ticketing and recommended hotels.
And for heaven’s sake: Take a TAXI after the event. There’s no need to drive. Splurge the $10 for a sober ride home.

For heaven’s sake: Take a TAXI after the event. There’s no need to drive. Splurge the $10 for a sober ride home.