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Saturday, April 13th 2013

Maui Brewing & The Lost Abbey Collaborate on Lemongrass Saison

Lemongrass Saison | Celebrating Spring!

Truly Local, Truly No Ka Oi

LAHAINA, MAUI, HI - 13 April 2013 - Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) is happy to announce their collaboration with Lost Abbey, using 100% local Maui raised lemongrass! Lemongrass Saison is a 5.5% ABV beer utilizing White Wheat, Oats, Pilsner malt, Lemongrass, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops. This first limited release of 2013 will be available starting mid-April in 12 oz. cans and draft. The Lost Abbey is a brewery located in San Marcos, California - famous for their Belgian-inspired beers.

"Lemongrass Saison is a 5.5% ABV beer utilizing White Wheat, Oats, Pilsner malt, Lemongrass, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops. This first limited release of 2013 will be available starting mid-April in 12 oz. cans and draft."

In total, approximately 500 barrels will be produced out of which approximately 400 bbls will be canned and the difference to be available in draft. "All market areas where MBC is distributed will receive product but specific allocations will be based on sales," explains Garrett Marrero.

How did this project come together? "Well, that was easy enough," tells Garrett, "Tomme wanted to take his family on a little vacation and although San Diego isn't bad in December, Maui is always a winner; and of course, we just had to brew together when he was on island. We have always wanted to can a saison so working with Tomme and Lost Abbey really helped put us on the right path to build a great recipe for the style." Lemongrass is a popular spring seasoning and Tomme and Garrett felt it would accentuate this traditional saison style. "The citrusy notes play well into the style. We also wanted to find a locally raised ingredient to showcase," says Garrett. Tony, our Brewpub Manager adds, "The lemongrass came from James Simpliciano's farm in Ka'anapali. He is one amongst a group of local farmers using traditional Polynesian permaculture farming methods to sustainably grow food on lands once depleted by pineapple plantations."

A total of 150lbs of lemongrass was used for the whole project at a ratio of 30 lbs. per 100bbl batch. "That's a lot of lemongrass. Our whole staff teamed up at different times to get the job done and it smelled great!" explains Darren, Director of Brewery Operations. "Tony assisted greatly in working with the local farmers to allocate the lemongrass and we even went into the fields to harvest some ourselves."

This beer pairs well with "chilling outdoors with friends," tells us Garrett. "Personally, I think it's awesome with chevre and salads, and great with Thai foods." The Lemongrass Saison artwork is a rendering of an old church in Kahakuloa on the northwest side of Maui -- "...we played with the Lost Abbey theme a bit and added a little Maui to it."

Maui Brewing Co. is a truly Hawaiian brewery, and proud to make 100% of their beer, canned and draft, in Hawaii. Recognized as Hawaii's #1 craft beer since 2005, the company has a strong commitment to the local economy and the environment. MBC beers are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. They have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage which can compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting. MBC is also very active in several local Hawaiian charities.

About Maui Brewing Company...

Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii. Contact pr@mauibrewingco.com for interviews, additional information, or media questions. To order for your retail/restaurant/resort establishment, contact sales@mauibrewingco.com.

Posted by Russ