The first time I was lucky enough to try the Maui Brewing Co.’s CoCoNut PorTeR was after some had been delivered to me in Vermont, about the time ten inches of snow had fallen.
This time I ran across it in its natural habitat, and was lucky enough to be in The Terrace Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. For starters, the weather was a lot better.
Drinking the beer with a thick blanket of Vermont snow visible …
I suppose it’s as good a time as any to talk about the Kona Brewing Company. Somewhere along the line I overruled my better judgment and had a Longboard Lager. I pretty much got what I expected— a bellywash lawnmower beer with little character beyond a disagreeable vegetal note.
I grant you, I was prejudiced going in, since I know Kona is part of the Craft Brew Alliance, which includes Widmer Brothers Brewing, Redhook Ale Brewery, …
We’ll take a brief break from the Maui Brewing Company beers, since Charles Head, general manager of the Fairmont Kea Lani, managed to unearth something completely different for our pau hana time.
The term refers to that period after work when one relaxes, and it’s almost onomatopoeic, isn’t it?
In the usual spirit of toughing it out no matter how rigorous the circumstances, the Golf Road Warriors have pitched our tents at the Fairmont Kea Lani for three nights. This 22-acre bivouac within the staggering 1,500-acres that encompasses the entire Wailea Resort is one of six world-class hotels on site.
I think we’ll hold up quite well.
Granted, tonight I’m half dead from a twenty-hour travel day and three different flights to get to Maui, but …