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.”
Here’s a round up of all the craft beer recommendations on “Jace’s Drink This” in 2011 by our beer educator, Certified Cicerone, and host Jace Milstead.
Like beer? Then come to our event at LAB Brewing Co. in Agoura Hills, CA We’ve teamed up to bring the “Sunday is Funday: LAB Beer Tasting” event on December 18, 2011. Our two experts, brewmaster Roger “Dr. Hops” Bott and host and Certified Cicerone, Jace Milstead, have each picked out a flight of four beers. Pick their brains as they discuss the finer points of Dr. Hops’ own brews and Jace’s picks from all over the craft beer world. $20 gets you two flights (eight 5 oz. tasters), an extended discussion about each beer from our experts, tour of the brewing facilities, discounted food, 20% off growlers, and a perfect Sunday buzz. Beer noobs, get ready to be educated. Beer nerds, see if you know as much as you think you do.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’s much mistltoeing and hearts glowing, and of course, kids jingle belling and everyone telling you “be of good cheer.” But more than that, it’s time for holiday beers! In an effort to make sure you have as few sober moments with your family and friends, I figured it would be swell of me to review a holiday beer. What makes a holiday beer? It means whatever the brewer damn well pleases (so long as it’s released during the holiday season). That brings me to this week’s beer, Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale.
Approaching a thousand years of documented history, Germany’s Weihenstephan has had the time to figure out this whole beer thing that we all love. Our host, Jace Milstead sat down with Marcus Englet, the world export director for the brewery for a tasting and brain picking session with the representative of the oldest brewery in the world.