By Sonia Isotov
Maui Brewing Co. (MBC), the Lahaina brewery and brewpub, has won 10 medals at three prestigious beer competitions held last month on the mainland.
The awards were for beers entered at the San Diego International Beer Festival, the Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition and the US Open Beer Championship. The following awards were received:
CoCoNut PorTeR, MBC’s flagship beer, won two bronze medals and one silver medal in Specialty Beer or Herb & Spice beer categories.
- Mana Wheat and Big Swell IPA also took silver in the Los Angeles competition in the Fruit Wheat Beer and American-Style Strong Pale Ale categories respectively.
- Non-production beers awarded were: silver for Red Cock Doppelbock in the German-Style Bock category, bronze for Drip-Dry Coffee Stout in the Coffee Beer category and silver for Wee Heavy in the Scottish Ale category.
- Recent limited release beers also took awards at the US Open Championship: silver for La Perouse White in the Belgian Witbier category and silver for Sobrehumano Palena’ole in the Fruit/Vegetable Beer category.
A new expansion is currently underway at the MBC. At the production brewery, two new tanks have been installed. The tanks, along with expanded cold storage, will increase production capacity.
MBC is also planning a brand new location. ”While we can’t release any details just yet, I can tell you that we will be building a new production facility and brewpub on Maui,” said Garrett Marrero, the owner of MBC, in a written statement.
“We are committed to investing in our community, creating jobs, and developing a robust sustainable manufacturing industry for our state.” The new facility will have an initial capacity of approximately 50,000 barrels.
Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub in Kahana as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina.