Ok so I've pretty much been off-line since last Saturday. I went on occasionally on Mrs. LKs netbook, but the eentsy-beentsy screen was a major deterrent. A couple of reasons I was "off the net". The first being that the charger for my laptop crapped out pretty much as soon as we landed. Weak.
Immediately went on-line to find a new one locally and believe it or not there wasn't one to be found on Maui for my aging Dell E1505. It still works great so why give it up. Needless to say, well maybe not needless, but anyway I went online to Dell and ordered a new one to be delivered to the Noho. Ordered Saturday. Issues developed on Monday. Issues resolved on Tuesday. New charger delivered on Wednesday. Not bad considering I'm not on the mainland. Much surprise.
So now I'm back. Yes it's still been many days since an update. So I got lazy. Sue me. I decided reading, playing cards and actually spending time "outside" was more important. Lots has gone on. We went to Haleakala for sunrise, got rained on at our luau at Old Lahaina and beat up our feet during the 4th fireworks show. Today was supposed to be Lanai day, but it wasn't. Tomorrow. Instead today turned into Maui Brewing Co. day for lunch and hot wings day for dinner.
We walked, about 20 minutes each way, over to the Maui Brewing Co. brew pub north of our condo in Kahana. Just prior to leaving I took a quick look on-line to see when they opened and got side tracked by the reviews. The main reviews that came up were from trip advisor. There were quite a few negative reviews. I got a bit nervous. I decided to look at Yelp and that was much more encouraging. Despite all that we headed out. Walking. It was before noon and still "cool". Good walk ending at the brew pub. The place was empty with the exception of a couple couples at the bar. We sat at the bar too.
They had a chalk board with all the brews available that day. Everything was $5. For a pint with the exception of the doppel bock which was a goblet, 8.0% abv. The menu is not huge, but large enough that we took a bit to figure out what we wanted. While we were thunking Mrs. LK got the guava wheat beer to start. Very nice. Not sweet, but still refreshing with the hint of fruit in it. Very nice. I started with the Black Powder Porter. Very nice with the mild hint of coffee at the end, 7.2% abv.
After sampling a bit of our beer we decided on some lunch. Mrs. LK got the beer batter mahi mahi fish and chips and I opted for the macadamia nut pesto pizza. Before lunch arrived I was ready for another beer. I asked the bartender for a recommendation and ended up with the Smokey Rye PA. Another outstanding beer. Slight smokey flavor, kinda reminded me of a camp fire, with a bit of hops, but not like a real strong IPA. Really good. Mrs. LK went for the Lahaina Town Brown. If you've tried Newcastle Brown Ale and liked it then you'll love this and wish MBC would take over for Newcastle. Much better.
About half way through our second choices the food showed up. The pizza was super hot, think crust for the win. Mrs. LKs fish looked light and crispy and since my pizza was too molten to try I opted for a bite of hers. Good beer batter, not great, but good. Might have been better had they used a slightly stronger beer rather than the Bikini Blond Lager. Still excellent fish and fries. Once my pizza cooled a bit I tried that as well and enjoyed it a lot. It's a decent sized pizza for one person and I ended up bringing back almost half. If it was coupled with an appetizer and shared between two people it would be a great meal. Just about enough for two all by itself.
They had a Hot Blonde Lager that I wanted to try, but since it had chipotle peppers in it I was hesitant to make it a whole pint. The bartender gave us a sample and I'd have to agree with him that it would be great with tomato juice or maybe even better V8. Good, but I wouldn't want a whole pint. After that I finished off the meal with a goblet of the Red Cock Doppel Bock. We asked how it was before ordering and the bartender said it was well balanced.
Turns out he was right. Not too strong, nothing over powering. Just great tasting beer. High abv to be sure at 8.0%, but you really can't tell. Very good. Almost deadly good. I had to take a quick break and when I came back the last bit I had saved was no longer there. Someone (Mrs. LK) had finished the glass. Hmmph.
All in all it was a great few hours. A good walk, some good food and some excellent beer. Try it if you're in the area. Now it's just a matter of letting the wings "marinate" for a bit before throwing them on the grill.
Maybe a nap while they soak up the juice.
ps The plan is to go back tomorrow after Lanai and pick up a growler of the doppel bock to enjoy with dinner. Good stuff.
Labels: beer, maui, vacation