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Haliimaile Distillers Tour and Tasting Room Grand Opening!

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Congratulations to the staff of Haliimaile Distilling Co on hosting a hugely successful grand opening of their tour and tasting room!  Hundreds braved the rain to check it out and of course sample some locally made liquors!  Halliimaile Distilling is the maker of Pau Vodka (their flagship brand), Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, the new Paniolo Whiskey and Maui Moon, their flavored vodka.

Here’s the basic information about their new tours, and of course for more information, click here for the website:

The tour operates Monday-Friday and lasts about an hour.  $10 USD per person. Children under 12 are free. Tastings of products are available to guests 21 and over.

And some pictures from today’s event!

The People:

Kainoa Horcajo, Benny Uyetake, Maui CookieLady, Mark Nigbur (Master Distiller) and Tommy Russo

Kainoa Horcajo, Benny Uyetake, Maui CookieLady, Mark Nigbur (Master Distiller) and Tommy Russo

Kainoa Horcajo, Mark Nigbur, Kelii and Kara Heen

Kainoa Horcajo, Mark Nigbur, Kelii and Kara Heen

Benny Uyetake and Mark Nigbur

Benny Uyetaki and Mark Nigbur

Michelle and Cory Nigbur

Michelle and Cory Nigbur

The Process:

The Tasting Room and Such:

 

 

And while you are up in Hallimaile, you might as well stop in right next door to check out the master glass blowers at Makai Glass!

 

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Booze News You Can Use… Maui Made Liquor Round Up

What’s going on in the world of Maui-made liquors?  Lots… read on.

OCEAN® Organic Vodka   

Next time you head to the store for your OCEAN® Organic Vodka, expect a whole new bottle to reel you in!  At the Maui retailers that currently carry the 750ml bottle, the brand new ‘fishing float’ design will have you bobbing up and down in delight (sorry the fishing puns are just too easy).  Look for it at your favorite retailer, including ABC Stores, Times Supermarkets, Whaler’s General, Whole Foods and more starting mid-October 2014!  (OCEAN Pics by Jessica Pearl)

ocean new bottle vodka glass fishing float

The new bottle is inspired by the traditional glass fishing net float – first used by the Norwegians in the mid 1800’s.  Though they are no longer used for fishing, they occasionally wash up on shore or are found by boaters.   Especially in the Pacific, most of the glass floats coming ashore originated in Japan. The traditional glass floats are now recognized as collectors’ items around the world.

ocean new bottle vodka glass fishing float

In a nod to the brand’s global relevance, the neck of the bottle is angled to mimic that of the earth’s axis.  Additionally, the bottle subtly and elegantly showcases an evolved version of a more timeless logo mark.

The bottles are expected to wash ashore on the mainland beginning in January 2015.

maui new rum deep island rum wave clear Wave Rum

From the same distilling company that brings you OCEAN® Organic Vodka, Hawaii Sea Spirits introduces Deep Island Hawaiian Rum. Made from organic sugar cane and blended with deep ocean mineral water, Deep Island Hawaiian Rum delivers a true rum experience complete with all of the flavor and character that is germane to fresh pressed cane juice.  The authentic clear Maui rum is a little sweet with hints of tropical florals and rich dark molasses.  According to Hawaii Sea Spirits’ CEO Shay Smith. “This particular clear rum is dubbed “WAVE” to further depict our respect for the energy in water that brings life to our islands.”

The rum will be available for purchase and sampling at The Farm starting September 1 and in limited release for introduction in Hawai‘i this year (Look for it at any retailer that carries Ocean), and in full release in the US mainland markets beginning 2015.

Pau Vodka

The friendly folks (and by friendly we mean hilarious, and maybe a bit crazy, cough, cough, Mark...) at Haliimaile Distilling are taking the show on the road – on the third Thursday of each month as they co-sponsor Pau Vodka Night at Dazoo in Paia.   Each event brings a new theme (like 80’s night, below), four new cocktails, and zany new ways to win Pau Vodka swag, distillery tours and so on… (costume and instagram contest, etc).  Mark Nigbur, Haliimaile’s Master Distiller makes an appearance from 5-7pm, but sometimes the party goes all night…

 

Maui Brewing

maui brewing kihei construction opening Anyone who follows Maui Brewing on Instagram (and you should: @MauiBrewingCo) is enjoying following along on the process of the Kihei Brewery and pub.  Besides all the mouth-watering pics of brews from their Kahana location and beyond, we get to check out bits and pieces of the construction, like stained concrete floors and whatever these are:

with captions like this: Drag conveyor set. We can unload 48,000# of malt in 1 hr. By comparison. We unload 37,000# in 6hrs currently.

In other exciting news, the Bikini Blond Lager was named the official craft beer of Hawaiian Airlines, should be on your flight as of this month!  Congrats.

maui brewing hawaiian airlines

Costco Shopping 

A well known secret amongst the locals (ok, its not a secret at all) is that the booze selection at Costco is stellar.  They even regularly have someone to ask about the wine, so you can pick up something to go with your rotiserrie chicken or 10 pounds of sirloin.   Besides wine, they have a pretty decent beer selection with an increasing selection of craft brews, and just about any kind of liquor you may ever want.  I snapped some pics of the local choices just today, plus an awesome growler of Dead Guy Ale that glows.  I’m assuming its the label that glows but who knows, maybe the beer glows.  I should probably stock up since its almost my birthday….

ocean vodka costco price maui

 

Blogging Disclaimer: I am a paid consultant for Dazoo Restaurant. 

Made on Maui – Booze Round Up

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Booze, Liquor, Alcohol… straight up, on the rocks, or mixed with some fresh tropical fruit juice, hopefully with a paper umbrella topping it off, each one best enjoyed while viewing a beautiful Maui sunset…

Here’s a round up of all the alcoholic beverages that I could find (and please comment below if I left something out!) that are made on Maui.

Plus, as a quick sidebar – last time I was at Costco I took a couple pictures of some locally made beverages that were for sale – this may not be complete (and as you know, their stock changes daily), but just to give you an idea:

  • Old Lahaina Gold Rum –  750ml – $13.79
  • Maui Brewing Co  Bikini Blonde Lager – 24 cans – $33.55
  • Ocean Vodka – 1 L – $32.99

Maui Cello Lemon Liquer Mauicello – Mauicello is Maui’s very own lemon liqueur made exclusively with lemons and sugar grown right here on Maui.  Although inspired by and similar to Italy’s traditional liqueur, limoncello, Mauicello’s rich golden color and distinctive taste make it a uniquely Maui product. Available at several retailers around Maui, and on Oahu at the Whole Foods locations.

Ocean Vodka– Handcrafted on Maui, Ocean Vodka is certified 100% USDA organic and is the only vodka in the world distilled from organic sugar cane. As a result Ocean Vodka is naturally gluten free.   Ocean Vodka is also the only spirit in the world made with deep ocean mineral water, which imparts a unique character to the vodka and adds great depth of flavor to the traditional vodka cocktail.  Ocean Vodka can be found at distributors around the country, or can be sent to you through their many nationwide distributorsTours of the distillery in Upcountry Maui are available daily.  (Photo by the talented Jessica Pearl Photography)

Ocean Vodka Sugar Cane Photo

Pau Vodka Maui Hawaii Pau Maui Vodka– Handcrafted in small batches by Haliimaile Distilling Company, ultra-premium Pau Maui vodka is distilled from Hawaiian Pineapples, yet there is no hint of pineapple flavor in the finished product. Once distilled, it is mixed with crystal clear Hawaiian spring water.  Every ingredient that goes into the vodka is born on the islands, and the utmost in care is taken to ensure purity at every stage of the process.

Maui Brewing- This multi-award winning brand includes a brewery offering tours, a popular brewpub, and an extensive line of flagship and limited edition brews.  Yet another brewpub and brewery is currently under construction.  Maui Brewing Beers can be found in Maui’s best restaurants, in almost every grocery or convenience store, around the island chain, and around the country, or sent to your door from their retailers.

maui beer cans beach

Maui Wine Pineapple OrderMaui’s Winery/ Tedeschi Vineyards – Maui’s Winery, the Valley Isle’s sole commercial winery, is known for their varied selection of wines including sparkling, pineapple, grape and a delicious raspberry dessert wine.   Located at the scenic and historic Ulupalakua Ranch, they offer wine tasting throughout the day, and tours twice daily (check website for more info).  They can also ship your order to most states.

Old Lahaina Rum– Built the distillery inside a 100 year old building on the site of a former sugar mill on Maui’s North Shore. The silver, gold and dark rums are made with Maui grown sugar cane and molasses hand blended from mixed aged rum stocks.   Currently only available in Hawaii. Recently spotted at Maui’s Costco.

Haleakala Distillers – Creaters of Maui Dark Rum, Maui Gold Rum, Braddah Kimo’s Da Bomb Rum, (77.5% alcohol by volume), Maui Pineapple Flavored Rum, and Maui Okolehao, made from East Maui ti root.  All Haleakala Distillers products are distilled on Maui from 100% Maui-grown natural ingredients.    Click here to see the list of retailers in Hawaii OR here to see the retailers on the mainland or order through an online retailer.

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Which Maui Made Brew is your favorite?

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