Kona Brewing's New Hanalei Island IPA Now Available Nationwidein Beer News
After launching exclusively in its home state of Hawaii in August 2016 and made available to California residents in December 2016, Kona Brewing Company is proud to distribute its newest year-round beer, Hanalei Island IPA, nationwide.
Hanalei Island IPA is a refreshing fruit-forward IPA created in honor of the lush Hawaiian Island of Kauai, also known as the Garden Isle, and Hawaii’s beloved classic POG juice, a blend of passionfruit, orange and guava.
“Kauai is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and, as we’ve done with our other beers, we wanted to create a distinctive IPA that reflected the spirit and flavors of the islands, which are our home and our inspiration,” said Sandi Shriver, head of Kona Brewing Company’s brewery operations.
“POG was the first drink I encountered when I moved to Hawaii and was something I had never heard of on the mainland. I remember being struck by the amazing fragrance of the passionfruit, orange and guava and how beautifully they came together - it was like smelling Hawaii in a glass.”
Cindy Wang, Senior Brand Director, Kona Brewing Company, adds, “With the massive growth of IPAs in the craft beer category, where one in four craft beers sold being an IPA, we think Hanalei Island IPA will stand out as a truly special beer that combines the floral hop aroma of a traditional IPA with a uniquely bright and tropical Hawaiian twist.”
Kona Brewing Company began developing the recipe for Hanalei Island IPA in mid-2015, and the beer officially launched in Hanalei in August 2016. Brewmaster Ryan McVeigh worked tirelessly to ensure the right balance of all the attributes—soft bitterness, a sessionable ABV and balanced POG aroma and flavor that is present but not overpowering—resulting in the ultimate drinkable IPA.
Hanalei Island IPA is named after the historic town of Hanalei and world-famous Hanalei Bay, a magnificent crescent-shaped bay tucked against lush green mountains streaked with waterfalls. Available year-round, Hanalei Island IPA pairs well with seafood, tacos, pizza or pasta dishes.
Hanalei Island IPA is available in six-packs and on draft. For a list of where to purchase Hanalei Island IPA, please visit http://konabrewingco.com/find-beer/.