|LAHAINA, MAUI, HI – 07 October 2011 – Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) is proud to announce that their La Perouse White won a silver medal in the Belgian-style Witbier category (Category #67) against 52 other entries at this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF). This beer was developed and brewed by Kim Lutz, Lead Brewer, BrewPub Operations at MBC’s Kahana location.
The awards were announced on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the Denver Convention Center during the 30th annual Great American Beer Festival. GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. This year’s competition topped last year’s entries by 11 percent, with 3930 beers vying for medals. 248 medals were awarded
in total, judged by 167 judges from nine countries. Entries were received from 526 breweries from 48 states plus Puerto Rico.
“I was ecstatic to hear ‘La Perouse’ over the speakers! We had, just two days earlier, announced this beer was to be our next limited release can for Spring 2012. I’m very proud of Kim in her efforts to perfect this lovely representation of Belgian Witbier brewed with local fruit,” commented Garrett Marrero.
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 in Hawaii. Maui Brewing Co. has been recognized as Hawaii’s #1 craft beer since 2005 and the company has a strong commitment to the local economy, and the environment. MBC craft beers are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Although cans and bottles are both recyclable, bottles still break and 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. Maui Brewing Co. is also very active in several local Hawaii charities.
Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii.