Brewing A Nutty, Island-style Ale

Alana Folen
Wednesday - March 02, 2011
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President of Kona Brewing Company Mattson Davis

Kona Brewing Company is committed to producing and marketing some of the best handcrafted ales and lagers our island has to offer, and it most recently announced the launch of its Koko Brown Ale. Brewed with toasted coconut for a nutty aroma and flavor, this latest brew is now available at restaurants and retail establishments through May 1.

“Koko Brown Ale is an island-style brown ale that boasts roasted malt, caramel and chocolate aromas and flavors, balanced by modest hop bitterness,” says Mattson Davis, president of Kona Brewing Company.

“More than 100 pounds of coconut is added to each batch of beer, giving this unique beer a complex, nutty favor. Koko Brown pairs well with spicy curries, coconut rice, caramelized meats, aged cheeses, barbecue and chocolate-dipped macaroons,” he adds.

As the third brew in the company’s Aloha Series, Koko Brown joins Wailua Wheat and Pipeline Porter in the seasonal lineup.

Kona Brewing Company traces its roots back to Kailua, Kona, where it’s headquartered and employs approximately 170 individuals at its brewery and restaurants. However, all brews are easily accessible, as its beers are available in bottles and on draft across the state (visit for locations).

“Kona Brewing Company utilizes fresh, local ingredients in many of its beers, giving a unique flavor profile,” Davis explains. “We brew a beer for every palate, from the lightest Duke’s Blonde Ale to the almost black Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout and everything in between!”

According to Davis, there are many rewards that come with working for a top-notch brewery, such as watching guests as they sip a special brew and seeing their faces light up with pleasure; keeping in touch with the community by being integrally involved with numerous events; and reading positive feedback on our beers through our Facebook page, customer comments and letters.

Dedicated to its community, Kona Brewing Company sponsors a variety of standup paddle competitions, including the Molokai 2 Oahu World Championship Paddle Board Race, Battle of the Paddle and Maui Jim Surf Monkey, to name a few.

“Kona Brewing Company always strives for leadership in everything that it does, and serves the needs of its customers, suppliers and shareholders with skill and positive motivation,” Davis says.

“The company respects the effects of alcohol and stands for the consumption of quality in moderation.”

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