great beer can surface in the unlikeliest of places. take kauai, for example.
- AP and I visit family friends out on the garden isle on a somewhat regular basis, and each time we head over I resign myself to the fact that the craft offering in my fridge will probably be a sixer of longboard lager (which is honestly a pretty great option to have). my luck didn’t improve when I found out that the last decent brewery I visited on the island closed a while back.
- however, while scouring beeradvocate during my packing session I came across a promising newcomer – kauai beer company. I penciled the name into our itinerary and we stopped by for a pint about halfway though our trip.
- to say I was surprised by kauai beer co’s offerings would be an understatement – their comprehensive selection of sessionable offerings were well-made and were complemented by great atmosphere and service. standout beers for me included the sub-4% abv black limo and their fresh IPA2, and a house made spent grain pretzel was the icing on the cake.
- we came back a few days later for their truck stop thursday session, which included a few local food trucks slinging great eats to complement the beer lineup. the place was packed with locals and the taps were flowing nonstop from the time we stepped in until we left. I was happy to see such strong community support for what is really the only legit brewery on the island, and kauai beer co. is definitely on my short list for all future trips way out west.