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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 133

The daily beer painting is of White Mountain Porter from Big Island Brewhaus!  I carefully wrapped this beer and brought it to Anchorage in my luggage, because it was the most noteworthy beer I found on the Big Island!  The roasted coconut and the Hamakua coast coffee were the perfect match for re-tasting the Island after I returned to Alaska!  Not complaining about the 5.8 percent, for a robust porter that seems perfectly normal.  I wish all the Hawaiian brews were like this one, brewed with ingredients grown on the Island.  I have half a mind to move to Hawaii and start a brewery that produces only tropical, fruity beers.

The Big Island Brewhaus is in Waimea, which was a two-hour drive from where I was staying, but it was worth it.  The restaurant doesn’t look like much (nor does the brewery for that matter), but like most places on the Big Island, it’s the heart that counts, and these guys really are brewing up some serious Aloha!  I sampled every beer that was available on tap, 13 in all, and each one was delicious.  I would highly recommend making a trip to the Big Island Brewhaus if you’re on the Big Island!

Mahalo, Big Island Brewhaus!  You make ono-licious beer and bring the Aloha to the table!  I hope you succeed and that your success is received in a way that expands your ho’okipa!

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Beer painting of White Mountain Porter by Big Island Brewhaus in Hawaii Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.13. White Mountain Porter by Big Island Brewhaus. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 113

The beer painting of the day is of Hawaii’s Primo Island Lager.  I was reserved about buying the Primo, so I looked for a single bottle and found one at the W.H.S.E, a.k.a. the Warehouse – a convenience shop halfway to South Point from Kailua.  I was pleasantly surprised when I got my first taste of this refreshing beer brewed with cane sugar.  The reason it says Bombucha on the bottle is because of the 22 oz bottle size, not because it has anything to do with kombucha, a fermented tea, which I have sampled on the Big Island.  I was disappointed to see that Primo’s bottled beer is brewed by Pabst.  I hear if you go to the real brewery on Oahu, you can get the non-contract brewed beer.

The flower I painted in the background of this island refresher is a Tibouchina Urvilleana, or commonly called Princess flower, Glory Bush, Lasiandra, Purple Glorybush, or simply Urvilleana.  This plant is not native to Hawaii, but was brought over from Brazil.  Although this plant is beautiful in Hawaii, it is considered to be a noxious weed.  Hard to believe that the beautiful 12-foot plant outside our rental house is actually hurting the ecosystem.  I totally get the vibe that Hawaii has a pristine delicate plant and animal balance, but this flower is so pretty I thought it belonged here.  It is hard to believe that both this beer and this flower are not really Hawaiian.

A toast to Primo for making a swillable beer readily available in Hawaii.  Your marketing is smooth and the beer drinkable.  May your brewery in Honolulu increase production so it can cover the island with a true island lager.

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Beer painting of Hawaiian Primo Island Lager Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.23. Hawaiian Primo Island Lager. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 98

Hawaii!  Here I come!  This morning I woke up to a fresh dusting of snow, and tonight I will be walking on old fire rock on the Big Island!  Hopefully, in a couple days I’ll be painting live in the tropical beer garden at the brewery complex where Fire Rock Pale Ale is brewed.  I love how Kona Brewing Company has bottled the spirit of aloha.  It must be hard to fit that much love into a bottle!

This beer is pretty good and the label makes it feel festive.  It is just the beer to take to an Alaskan luau party.  I personally prefer the Longboard Lager, but this one has Pele’s power backing the name.  Don’t be too jealous of me yet, I will probably be on a plane waiting to land when you are reading this.  A five to six hour flight, followed by an inter-island hop isn’t what I really wanted to do today, but it is totally worth it!  And at least I have the whole trip ahead of me!

Mahalo, Kona Brewing for making this stylish pale ale and for making it available in Alaska, bringing the spirit of the islands to the far north!  Aloha!

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Beer painting of fire rock pale ale kona brewing co hawaii beer lava Year of Beer

Year of Beer 04.08. Fire Rock Pale Ale by Kona Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.