ASK BACCHUS: Drinking Local

OUR NEW TUESDAY SERIES FEATURING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS. ALL QUESTIONS ARE ABOUT THE BAR; NO SUBJECT IS OFF LIMITS.

What local beer do you recommend?

The "go-to" familiar request is for Longboard Lager from Kona Brewing (there is some controversy as to whether this beer is truly made in Hawaii). It's a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for weeks at cold temperatures to yield exceptional flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of the beer.

We will steer you to trying out one of the brews from Mehana Brewing in Hilo. The first is Mauna Kea Pale Ale, its a true American Pale Ale. The next is Volcano Red Ale, a fuller-bodied ale brewed in the tradition of American Amber Ales. The reddish color and slight malt flavor are achieved by using special malts.

One more local brew is the Kauai Golden Ale from Hawaii Nui brewing in Hilo. It's a light-bodied craft beer with a classic hop aroma and dry finish. Bright, tropical and refreshing.

We sell these local draft beers for $5, but on Tuesdays, they're $2. Enjoy one today.