Celebrating its fifth year, Maui Brewers Festival returns to the MACC on Saturday, May 18, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Presented by the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC), Maui Brewing Co. and Paradise Beverages, Maui's favorite festival takes place under the swaying coconut palms in Yokouchi Pavilion and A&B Amphitheater.
Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit The Center's arts and educational programs for students, seniors and the Maui County community.
This year, Maui Brew Fest will feature 33 craft breweries from Hawai'i, California, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois and Delaware, including brewers new to the event, like Golden Road Brewery, Goose Island Beer Co., Iron Fist Brewing and Kaua'i Island Brewing, in addition to favorites from years past. Breweries participating in the festival are selected because of their commitment to making craft beer in which quality, flavor and locally sourced ingredients come first.
Maui Brewers Festival returns to the MACC on Saturday, May 18, from 2:30 to 7 p.m.
Get ready to enjoy a leisurely day of sampling from a vast selection of 68 craft beers paired with island-style dishes from two food trucks, and local purveyors such as Bob's Dogs of Maui, Fleetwood's on Front St., Food for the Soul, Fred's Mexican Cafe, Just Wing It, Kalama's Local Grinds, Longhi's, Teddy's Bigger Burgers and Three's Bar & Grill.
Entering the venue, you'll get a commemorative glass from which to sample eight 4-ounce pours of beer, while grinding on appetizers and desserts. General admission price is $50 in advance and $60 on event day.
On stage, the entertainment line-up from 4 to 7 p.m. includes Maui's popular and hot, new bands: Nuff Sedd, Lia Live! and Simply Twisted. There will also be logo merchandise for sale as well as prize giveaways.
Two new components have been added to the festival this year--the Rare Beer Tasting and the Maui Brew Fest Beer Dinner.
The Rare Beer Tasting beginning at 2:30 p.m. showcases seven rare or specialty craft beers from a select group of brewers. For $95, you'll receive a VIP package (includes a logo shirt and reserved parking) and sample beers that can't be purchased in retail stores. Brewmasters and representatives will discuss production of these rare craft beers in Yokouchi Pavilion.
On Friday, May 17, you can experience a beer education celebration in the Maui Brew Fest Beer Dinner at MACC. The five-course feast will feature cuisine of the New Americas by Cactus Bistro Chef-Owner John Memering of Kailua. Each of his creations will be paired with specialty craft beers by Maui Brewing Co. of Lahaina. Chef Memering and Garrett Marrero, owner of Maui Brewing Co, will introduce the courses and explain pairings, so you can learn how well handcrafted beer goes with fine dining. Cost is $140 per person inclusive.
Sponsors include Maui Brewing Co., Paradise Beverages, Crazy Shirts, Maui Time and H. Hawai'i Media radio stations.
The Maui Brew Fest and Beer Dinner are open to adults 21 years and over only.
For tickets, call the MACC Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or visit MauiArts.org.