Last night Sean, Clayton and I ventured out to Hawaii Kai for dinner and beer at Kona Brewing Co. Kona is one of the best places for beer in the state. There are two locations, one in Koko Marina Plaza (O'ahu) right on the water and another on Kona side of Big Island, hidden away, and not nearly as nice as the O'ahu location. Yet, the BI location has a larger beer selection. Besides yummy and flavorful beer, Kona has great pizzas and a wide variety of salads and sandwiches. Last night due to a an episode of food poisoning that took place on Thursday, I was really concerned with eating very clean food. I could not bring myself to order the pizza because I knew the cheese might kill me...it was a good decision b/c I ended up getting the hummus plate that came piled with warm, chewy pita bread, a cucumber and gorgeous red tomato salad, and sides of feta (did not eat) and kalamata olives. The serving was HUGE and even though I had a pretty big appetite going in, I was able to take home about 25% of it for Edward. My beers consisted of the sampler (any four 6 oz beers). I choose the Koko Loco Stout, the Lava Man Red, a new organic beer which tasted like a sparkly and watery versoin of a Hef, and the Blonde. Overall, I liked the Koko Loco best for it's sweet coconutty flavor and I do like stouts in very small servings. Lava Man still wins as my overall fave...red ales just have so much flavor and a tiny bit of sweetness. Yum!
Since I didn't have my camera, here are some stock pics of the brewery and a couple from a dinner there late last year. If you are ever on the islands and can tear yourself away from Waikiki and other over the top tourist spots, head out to Kona, sit on the water, enjoy local music (some nights better than others) and drink up!
Longboard Lager, the most common Kona beer to be served outside the brewery...also one of the least unique in terms of taste. Whatevs!
Another dark and heavy beer with great flavor. Cool image on the bottle.
Most likely the pint above contains Wailua Wheat or the Hef. Even Jakey likes Kona!
Black Sand Stout, a bit too heavy for a pint but great in a 6 ounce sampler size!
IMPORTANT INFO for those of you who eat on UH Campus...The Campus Center eatery with the Aja and Korean style food can cause major injury to your stomach esp if you have been keeping to a relatively clean diet and then eat their low quality overly salted noodles. I was going on my 5th hour without food, had just taught two classes, and couldn't handle another day of Jamba Juice, oh and Govinda's (vegan, no msg, no soy, etc.) would not take my debit card. Thus, my 2:00 PM lunch made a late night appearance between 11 PM and midnight.