Kailua-Kona, Hawaii – Two of Kona Brewing Company’s popular Hawaii-only specialty beers are returning to pint glasses across the U.S. The coffee infused Pipeline Porter and the coconut rich Koko Brown Ale make their return to the Mainland in response to increasing demand for the uniquely Hawaiian brews. The beers are limited releases and are not expected to stay on shelves or taps long.
“Our customers on the mainland have been begging us to bring back Pipeline Porter and Koko Brown Ale, and we’re happy to oblige,” said Sandi Shriver, head of Kona Brewing Co.’s brewery operations. “Pipeline Porter and Koko Brown Ale are bold, distinctive brews that are perfect for the winter season. And with flavors like Kona coffee and toasted coconut, they add a tropical twist to holiday celebrations.”
Pipeline Porter (5.3% ABV, 23 IBU) is currently available on draft and in bottles in most states across the continental U.S. The beer is made with premium malted barley and freshly-roasted 100% Kona coffee grown on the Cornwell Estate, located just a few miles from Kona’s home brewery in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii Island.
Pipeline Porter has an inviting aroma and earthy complexity that pairs well with soups, stews, roast beef sandwiches, pot roasts and mashed potatoes as well as desserts. The porter is made with Pale 2 Row Premium, Victory and Caramel 120, and Chocolate malts. Hops include millennium and Willamette.
Pipeline Porter is available through the end of the year or until supplies run out. The craft beer is available in Hawaii year-round.
“Some states, like Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and West Virginia are tasting Pipeline Porter for the very first time,” added Shriver. “We like introducing this unique porter to people who have never tried it. One sip, and they’re hooked.”
Fan favorite Koko Brown Ale (5.6% ABV, 45 IBU) will be available January – March or until supplies last. The beer is made with toasted coconut that imparts a smooth nutty, toffee flavor. The ale pairs well with Thai curries, barbeque and grilled meats. The ale is made with Pale 2 Row Premium, Victory, Carapils, Munich 30 and Chocolate malt that contributes to its smooth flavor and nutty aroma. Hops include Alchemy, Cascade and Willamette.
Both Pipeline Porter and Koko Brown Ale are available in 6-pack, 12-ounce bottles and on draft in bars and watering holes throughout the Mainland.
About Kona Brewing
Kona Brewing Company was started in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island in the spring of 1994 by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality. Today, Kona is Hawaii’s largest and favorite craft brewery, known for top-selling flagship beers Longboard Island Lager and Big Wave Golden Ale and award-winning innovative small-batch beers available across the Islands. The Hawaii born and Hawaii-based craft brewery prides itself on brewing the freshest beer of exceptional quality, closest to market. This helps to minimize its carbon footprint by reducing shipping of raw materials, finished beer and packaging materials.
Kona Brewing has become one of the top craft beer brands in the world, while remaining steadfastly committed to its home market through a strong focus on innovation, sustainability and community outreach. In 2014, the company achieved a milestone in its home state, selling more than 1 million cases in the Islands for the first time in its history. In early 2015, Kona Brewing announced that is investing approximately $15 million to build a new 30,000-sqaure-foot state-of-the-art brewery in Hawaii capable of producing 100,000 barrels (BBLs) per year. The new brewery will be up and running in 2017.
For more information call 808-334-BREW or visit www.KonaBrewingCo.com.