LAHAINA, MAUI, HI – Maui Brewing Co. is proud to announce a distribution agreement has been signed with Ben E. Keith Beverage Distributors. Ben E. Keith has begun distributing Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Mana Wheat and CoCoNut PorTeR beers in cans and on draught throughout the state of Texas. Limited amounts of seasonal or guest beers will be available in the near future.
“Our fans in Texas have been writing in, asking us when our beers will make it to Texas and I am happy to be able to say that time is now!” said Garrett Marrero. “We are pleased to make an entry into the Lone Star State this spring.”
Texans have been enjoying tropical vacations in Maui for decades and now they will be able to enjoy Maui Brewing Co.’s microbrews in the privacy of their own backyard. “We are very excited to distribute Maui Brewing Co. beers throughout the state of Texas and look forward to a long and happy partnership,” said Kevin Bartholomew, president of Ben E. Keith Beverage Distributors.
Maui Brewing Co. is one of only two truly local Hawaiian breweries, brewing and packaging 100% of product in the state. Maui Brewing Co. and Hawaii Nui (on the Big Island) are very proud to be wholly produced “on-island”. MBC microbrews have been recognized as Hawaii’s #1 craft beer since 2005 and the company has a strong commitment to the local economy, and deep concern for the environment.
With the environment in mind, MBC microbrews are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Although cans and bottles are both recyclable, bottles still break and may pose a risk at beaches. The cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists; they have the added bonus of protecting the beer in the best possible manner, protecting the product from both light and oxygen damage which can seriously compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the products. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting; and any cans damaged in production are donated to the Maui Humane Society. MBC purchased equipment from Maui Land & Pineapple, preserving a piece of Hawaii’s canning history.
Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, run a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as the 25-barrel full production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii as opposed to other “Hawaiian” beers.