99 Bottles, 3 cans, and a sweet island breeze

Fresh in from the islands – 3 beers hit the mainland.

As of yesterday, 99 Bottles in Federal Way now has beers from Maui Brewing Company on the shelf. Unlike other “Hawaiian” brands, Maui Brewing Company’s beers are a truly local, island-brewed product, brewed at a seven barrel brewery in Kahana and a 25 barrel brewery in Lahaina.

The brewery’s award winning beers are available in cans. Although the mention of aluminum cans might cause some craft beer drinkers to raise an eyebrow, we love the idea. Among the many other advantages, aluminum’s lighter weight reduces the carbon footprint of transportation. While some complain about a metallic taste when drinking from a can, our extensive non-scientific research proves that this is the result of your lips touching the can itself. Pour the beer into a glass, sit back, take a sip, and imagine the sweet smell of the island breeze as it tosses your hair.

We look forward to sampling some of these island treasures in the near future.

Bikini Blonde Lager: A filtered Munich Helles Lager brewed with Liberty and Sterling floral hops and Pilsner and Munic malts. Creamy, smooth, and refreshing! Silver medal, Muncher Helles, 2010 US Open Beer Championship. 4.5% ABV, 18 IBU

BIG SWELL IPA: A handcrafted India pale ale brewed with four Northwestern hops and dry hopped to perfection (features: Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe, Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade, and Citra). The flavor begins smooth and malty, followed by a big burst of dry-hop flavor. Finishes pretty clean. Silver medal American strong pale ale, 2010 NABA. 6.2% ABV, 65 IBU

CoCoNut PorTeR: A fresh handcrafted robust porter brewed with six varieties of malted barley, Cascade and CTZ hops, and hand-toasted coconut (and I may add, toasted to perfection!). It begins with a malty-toasted coconut aroma followed by a rich, silky feel with flavors of dark malt, chocolate, and hints of coffee. It then finishes with flavors of toasted coconut and hoppy spice to finish the balance. Silver medal herb and spice beer, 2010 US Open Beer Championship. Gold medal herb and spice beer, 2006 World Beer Cup. 5.7% ABV, 30 IBU

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  1. These brews have been available at Backcountry Essentials: http://www.backcountryessentials.net/ , in Bellingham for while now. All are fine brews, and I really like the CoConut Porter. I’ve consumed several cans of Bikini Girl while playing fetch with dog. Thankfully BE is on the way to the water. If you’re in the ‘Ham, check out their selection.

  2. I never heard about it from the other bottle shops, but was aware that it had been available in WA for a while now. 99 Bottles was the first place to pimp it (to me anyway), so I thought it was worth a mention. I am glad to hear everyone responding positively to the beer. Friends have told me nothing but good things, so I look forward to handling.

  3. This is great news. These are some of my favorite beers to pick up whenever I visit the island. Their brewery on Maui has an excellent selection – so if you’re ever there I highly recommend checking out their establishment.

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