This Saturday marks the 5th Annual Maui Brewers Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, one of the Center’s fundraising events. This year, the event starts off with a Beer Fest Dinner at the MACC on Friday night. The five course meal by Chef John Memering of Oahu’s Cactus Bistro will feature locally sourced ingredients, and each course will be paired with a craft beer from Maui Brewing Company, one of the event sponsors. Tickets are $140 per person.
This year’s Brewers Festival takes place from 4-7pm. Admission includes eight samplings (4 oz.) of over 30 craft breweries from around the country, and appetizers from many of Maui’s favorite restaurants and food trucks. Tickets are $50 for general admission or $60 for that day. Plus, live music of course!
Each of the breweries in attendance will feature two of their brews. Maui Brewing Co, as event sponsor, will get four :
BARREL AGED RED COCK DOPPEL BOCK, LEMONGRASS SAISON, MAUI MAIBOCK, and PAU HANA PILSNER SHIFTING WINDS IPA
Some of the pupus include Buffalo Chicken and Veggie Flatbreads by Flatbread Co. and gelatos by Ono Gelato. Both of these companies always feature locally sourced ingredients and the freshness is always evident in every bite (and the lines out the door!)
I was unable to attend the festival last year but heard that there were so many last minute ticket purchases that the food vendors were unprepared and food ran out quickly. Let’s hope that this year everyone plans a little better, and I’m not sure if it’s new, but this year’s increase in ticket prices for day-of purchases should help a bit. Also, I asked on the MACC’s facebook page and they confirmed that there is a ‘designated driver’ ticket if you dont want the beers (there is root beer!) for $40, but not sure if its available online or in person or phone… but good to know!
Here are the breweries and restaurants in attendance this year (subject to change!)
Which Beers and Foods are you looking forward to the most?