Kona Brewing Company made quite a splash at Roy's Restaurant downtown last week. Both Kona and Roy's believe in "living aloha," a laid-back and friendly approach to beer, food and family, so it was natural that they would partner up for a such an occasion. As you might imagine, Roy's Hawaiian fusion menu paired perfectly with Kona brews like "Big Wave," a juicy citra-hopped golden ale, and "Koko Brown," a coconut infused brown ale.
Kona, a brewery founded in Kona, HI has been a west-coast staple since it's first beers were bottled in 1995. And, since that time, a strategic partnership with Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. has helped them to expand distribution and reach the masses from coast to coast. Taking the spirit of Hawaii and putting it into the bottle has always been a focus at Kona and based on the brews I had a chance to try, they're doing it right.
While you might find some crazy barrel-aged stouts at their brew pubs, you won't find anything boundary pushing in their traditional line up...and that's OK. Their year-round and "Aloha Series" seasonal releases are easy drinking and subtle. They are well-crafted and unpretentious brews that anyone, beer snob or not, can appreciate and enjoy! My personal favorite was the Koko Brown, but I suggest you head to your local bottle shop and create a mixed-sixer for yourself.