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Best Lei'd

SOUR dry hopped fruit ale

COLLABORATION WITH Big island brewhaus

ABV: 6.9%
IBU: 30
TIME IN OAK: 7 Months
HOPS: Cascade, Citra, Hallertaur Blanc, Centennial, & AMARILLO®
GRAINS: Pilsner Malt, Wheat Malt, Munich 10, Flaked Barley, & Acidulated Malt
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS: Grapefruit
LAST RELEASE: August 2018

This sour dry hopped fruited ale was brewed in collaboration with our friend Tom, from Big Island Brewhaus. This is part one of a three-part series and includes AMARILLO®, Citra, and Centennial hops followed by grapefruit before being dry hopped with Hallertaur Blanc and Cascade. The dry hop  addition helps lend softer notes of juicy grapefruit and citrus. Finishing with a nice Jolly Pumpkin funk and moderate bitterness.

Now this, this is a beer we can talk story over…

I first “e” met Tom Kerns when he was brewing at a brewpub, Maui Fish and Game Brewing Company. Laurie and I were thinking about my taking a job as Head Brewer on Kauai, and Tom was discussing distributor / small brewer relations.

Fast forward a few years. Laurie and I fall in love with Big Island. We see a taco shop in Waimea, Tako Taco. Wouldn’t that make a great little brewpub we both agree. Parking would be tough, though…

Add a few more years, Tom and Jayne buy Tako Taco, and after a lot of hard work, open Big Island Brewhaus. It quickly becomes the favorite stop for tacos, burritos, and Tom’s wonderful beers.

Cheers & Mahalo plenty!
Ron Jeffries, Founder and Chief Squeegee Operator


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