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Hawaii craft beer culture with Maui Brewing Co.’s Garrett Marrero

It’s been about six months since Taste Terminal spoke to Maui Brewing Co.’s owner Garrett Marrero (pictured on the right) when we last caught up with him at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Maui Brewing Co. started in 2005 with 400 barrels of beer, now, seven years later, it’s officially the only Regional Craft Brewery in Hawaii brewing over 15,000 barrels of beer per year. “It’s amazing to see how much we have grown. The biggest thing attributing to our growth is being truly local, being who we say we are, being committed to making our beer in Hawaii, always,” Marrero says. Brewers Association, a group representing small brewers, recently released data stating that the small beer market is on the rise, representing 5.68% of the volume in the U.S. beer market, up from 4.97% in 2010. For Marrero, it’s the quality trumping the quantity, “I think fans of craft beer care about where the beer is from, what’s the story behind the beer and how are you different, what sets you apart from the rest.” Read More

Maui Brewing Co. reaches ‘Regional Craft Brewery’ status, selling more than 15,000 barrels of beer per year

Maui Brewing Co. has officially become the only brewery in Hawaii to reach ‘Regional Craft Brewery‘ classification thanks to increased sales and national distribution. The Brewers Association defines the craft beer industry by four distinct markets: Brewpubs, Microbreweries, Regional Craft Breweries and Contract Brewing Companies; a regional brewery has an annual production of 15,000 to 6,000,000 barrels.

Maui Brewing Co.’s 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location, as well as the 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina, showed strong mid-year revenues and will begin distribution in Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and Maryland later this year. 4405 Honoapiilani Hwy #217, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761. 808-669-3474.