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Maui Brewers Festival to feature 32 craft breweries

By Staff | May 17, 2012

Enjoy food, music and beer by 32 craft breweries — including Lahaina’s own Maui Brewing Co. — at the Maui Brewers Festival.

KAHULUI – Now in its fourth run, the Maui Brewers Festival returns on Saturday, May 19, from 3 to 7 p.m. presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) and Maui Brewing Co.

Held under the swaying coconut palms in the Yokouchi Pavilion and A&B Amphitheater at the MACC, this popular event is a fundraiser for the center.

Net proceeds benefit its arts education and cultural programs for students, seniors and the Maui County community.

This year, the festival promises more variety than ever, featuring 32 craft breweries from Hawaii, California, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan and Delaware: Anderson Valley Brewing, Avery Brewing Co., Ballast Point Brewing, Bear Republic Brewing Co., Big Island Brewhaus, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Caldera Brewing Company, Coronado Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Kona Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Maui Brewing Co., Mission Brewery, Moylan’s Brewing Co., Ninkasi Brewing Company, North Coast Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pizza Port, Primo Brewing & Malting Co., Redhook Ale Brewery, Redstone Meadery, Rogue Ales, Samuel Adams, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., The Bruery, Uncommon Brewers and Widmer.

The breweries that participate in the Maui festival are selected because of their commitment to making craft beer in which quality, flavor and unique ingredients come first. Brew Maui Homebrew Club also participates in the festival to educate guests about the brewing process.

Brew Maui will host the third annual homebrew contest as part of Maui Brewers Festival.

Celebrity guest at this year’s event is Tom Dalldorf, a national beer writer and the publisher of Celebrator Beer News, the oldest and most respected beer journal covering craft beer in the U.S.

“Craft beer is the number one growing beverage-alcohol segment in U.S. supermarkets, with sales quickly approaching $1 billion. The number of breweries in the U.S. is climbing towards 2,000, and Hawaii is definitely part of that trend. I’m really looking forward to attending the Maui Brewers Festival to meet the brewmasters, taste the wide variety of craft beers and partake of good beer in paradise,” said Dalldorf.

Festival-goers will enjoy a leisurely day of sampling from a vast selection of 68 craft beers paired with island-style dishes from local purveyors such as Aloha Events Catering, Famous Dave’s, Flatbread & Company, Food for the Soul, Fred’s Mexican Cafe, Gourmet Catering by Vasi, Heavenly Dogs, Hawaii Gelato, Just Wing It, Kalama’s Local Grinds, KC’s Local Grindz, Maui Brewing Co. Brew Pub, Maui Catering Company, Maui Tacos, Mulligan’s on the Blue, Outrigger Pizza Company, Rodeo General Store, Star Anise Indian Cuisine, Stella Blues Cafe and Whole Foods.

On stage, the entertainment lineup includes GoMega, The Eazy, Alika Nako’oka Band and a surprise guest.

There will also be logo merchandise for sale and prize giveaways throughout the day.

The advance purchase general admission price is $45 per adult; a $75 happy hour package is also available. A “designated driver” ticket includes unlimited food for $35 per person. The festival is open to adults 21 years and over. Call 242-SHOW or order online at www.MauiArts.org.