Kona Brewing Company Pouring New Drafts at Kona Brewer’s Festival
Kona Brewing Company will be pouring two of its latest craft beers, the ‘Kilauea Crater Dampfbier’ and “Aina Brown Ale’, at the upcoming Kona Brewers Festival on Saturday, March 14 at the King Kamehameha Hotel in Kailua-Kona.
The Kilauea Crater Dampfbier (literally, steam beer) is described as a filtered, amber-colored brew made with Bavarian yeast flaunting flavors and aromas of banana and clove. The beer gets its name from its tendency to foam and bubble during fermentation, resembling Kilauea’s volcanic activity. When surface bubbles burst, the ferment appears to be steaming.
The Aina Brown Ale is inspired by the earth element, and incorporates kalo, or taro, into the mash which adds an earthy flavor to balance its caramel complexity. The new brown beer is the first release in Kona Brewing’s ‘Makana Series’, beers which are only brewed and sold in Hawaii and benefit local, environmentally-focused nonprofits.
The Kona Brewers Festival has been celebrated since 1996, and has grown to include an art auction, a home brewer’s competition, a golf tournament, a benefit whale watch/snorkel cruise, and a 5k run/walk.