Grind Time: Maui Brewing announces partnership

Feb. 18, 2014 | 0 Comments


Maui residents will be the first to benefit from a new partnership announced last week by Maui Brewing Company and California-based Stone Brewing Company.

Stone Brewing Co. co-founder Greg Koch and Maui Brewing Co. founder Garrett Marrero. (Courtesy photo)

Stone Brewing Co. co-founder Greg Koch, left, and Maui Brewing Co. founder Garrett Marrero. (Courtesy photo)

The two brewers have joined forces to create Maui-Stone Craft Beverages, a new craft beer distributor that will bring an influx of beers to Hawaii currently unavailable in the islands. Along with Maui Brewing and Stone Craft beers, the new company will also offer a variety of craft brands from California and Colorado.

According to a press release, the goal of the new partnership is to “elevate craft beer awareness island-wide and bring more craft beer to Hawaii.” Plans call for distribution to launch in April, with bottles and kegs shipped via refrigerated container to Maui. A new 16,000-square-foot distribution center will house the beer in cold storage until it can be delivered to local bars and retailers.

“Ever since (Stone Brewing co-founder) Greg (Koch) and I initially met and shared a cab in 2006 during the Seattle World Beer Cup, we have had a positive and continuously growing relationship as craft beer comrades,” said Maui Brewing founder Garrett Marrero. “Maui-Stone Craft Beverages is just another foray in the brewing companies’ shared mission of bringing great beers to deserving fans.”

Maui Brewing has worked with Stone to distribute its beers in California since 2008; Marrero also contributed to a collaborative brewing project and helped source ingredients for the Escondido, Calif.-based brewery in 2009.

Beers from the following breweries are scheduled to be available on Maui in April (no word if/when distribution will expand to other islands):

» Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, Calif.)
» AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, Calif.)
» Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colo.)
» Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Healdsburg, Calif.)
» The Bruery (Placentia, Calif.)
» Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colo.)
» Port Brewing Company (San Marcos, Calif.)
» Saint Archer Brewing Co. (San Diego, Calif.)

Marrero and Koch were at the Andaz Maui Hyatt on Feb. 13 to host a media preview and public “tap takeover” at Monkeypod Kitchen. Beers poured at Monkeypod included Stone’s IPA, Smoked Porter, Levitation Ale, Ruination IPA, Cali-Belgique IPA, Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale and 2013 Oak-Smoked Old Guardian Barley Wine.

The partnership is the latest in a series of moves by Maui Brewing to expand its Hawaii-based operations. Along with a brewery in Lahaina and brewpub in Kahana, the company expects to open a second brewery in Kihei in June. After starting with 400 barrels produced in 2007, Maui Brewing produced more than 20,000 barrels in 2013 and hopes to increase that number even more once the new brewery opens.
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