Last night, I popped by the excellent Devilcraft bar in Kanda. They were having their very special Maui Brewing event.
Maui Brewing of course hails from the Island of Maui, in gorgeous Hawaii. For last night (Saturday) and tongiht only, they are offering about 12 very special craft beers from Maui Brewing. Most, if not all of these have never been in Japan before, so this quite an opportunity to taste the best Hawaii has to offer.
Today (Sunday)'s beer list:
|01.||Maui Island Hopped Red|
|02.||NEW!||Maui Big Swell IPA|
|03.||Maui Black Rock Ale|
|04.||Maui CoCoNut PorteR|
|05.||Maui Imperial CoCoNut PorTeR|
|06.||Maui Shipwreck'd Stout|
|07.||Maui Smoked Hemp|
|08.||Maui Old Chinwig|
|09.||Maui Ginger Sason|
|10.||Maui Wheat Wine|
|11.||Maui Mana Wheat|
|12.||Maui Bikini Blonde|
After a short 2 minute walk from Kanda Station (south exit, JR), I arrived and noticed a few friendly faces already at the bar.brews, so those are two most excellent qualifications!
They are ALSO holding a special offer, for this event. Buy a stamp card for 5,000yen and get 5 pints PLUS a free pint glass to take home (provided they still have some -limited to about 25 or so pint glasses per night).
This is a very good offer, seeing as some of these beers are high strength and normal cost is up to 1200yen a pint.
Not only that, hand in the completed card and you go into a raffle for more Maui prizes. It's a no brainer, really. You can use the card for both days but I knew that was never going to happen.
|Island hopper red.|
Nice aroma, good fruity American hops and a hint of caramel, Just right.
Good hoppy fruity flavor, giving hints of mangoes, pineapple, pine, grapefruits & nice caramel from the crystal malts blending in with it but the body was just so light and thin. Half way through it kind of felt like I was drinking flavoured water, it was so weird. I think this is their 'style' and it could just be I'm used to beers with a bit more body to them. Not a bad pint.
My second beer for the evening was the Black Rock black IPA.
|Black Rock BIPA|
Right, third up and this one was the Shipwreck Stout.
|Shipwreck oatmeal stout (with Mike, Jason & John)|
Only two spaces left on my card. Nuts. time to go large.
Next up and number four was the Imperial coconut Porter.
|Imperial coconut porter|
The imperial coconut porter was pretty nice. Bit of high alcohol flavours in here but thankfully less coconut than the normal coconut porter.
A LOT of people love the coconut porter but I'm not such a big fan of huge flavours in my beer - I mean coconuts, bourbon, oak etc.
This beer certainly has more presence and 'weight' in the body, thanks to the coconut and dark malts.
You can taste the cocoa in here. The beer uses "cocoa nibs, blended with the toasted coconut during the maturation process to intensify the aroma of coconut and dark chocolate" and you just about notice.
Quite a nice pint and one to take your time with. Let it warm up and appreciate the aromas and flavours as they are released.
Damn. Just one space left.
Luckily, I'd been granted a taste of Jesse's beer when I arrived and knew what it was that I wanted.
Maui Brewing Old Chinwig
|Gorgeous looking Hawaiian ham and pineapple pizza! Mmm!|
|Do you have enough chilli on there, Tim? Bloody hell!|