Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Educational Beer

In Hawai'i, we've been drinking beer from Kona Brewing Company.

The Pipeline Porter

"Pipeline Porter is smooth and dark with a distinctive roasty aroma and earthy complexity from its diverse blends of premium malted barley. This celebration of malt unites with freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee grown at Cornwell Estate on Hawaii’s Big Island, lending a unique roasted aroma and flavor. A delicate blend of hops rounds out this palate-pleasing brew."


Big Wave Golden Ale

"Big Wave is a light golden ale with a subtle fruitiness and delicate hop aroma. A smooth, easy drinking refreshing ale. The lightly roasted honey malt contributes to the golden hue of this beer and also gives a slight sweetness that is balanced out by our special blend of hops."

& now we just got the new:

Wailua Wheat Ale

"Swimming in a fresh water pool at the base of a cascading waterfall is what we all imagine we would find in paradise.
On Maui, follow the old Hana Highway and you will find such a place – Wailua Falls. This plunging cascade of clear water is the inspiration for our Limited Release Wailua Wheat Ale. This golden, sun colored ale has a bright, citrusy flavor that comes from the tropical passion fruit we brew into each batch. Sit back, relax and enjoy paradise anytime."

Plus, one of the best parts about these beers - besides the taste - is the Hawaiian words under the caps. Here is what our beer has taught us:

Hawaiian - English (my comments)

Aloha - Goodbye
Aloha - Hello (also means love and is a general greeting pretty much everywhere here)
Brah - Dude (Hawaiian guys say this a lot. i think it's more like 'bro' than 'dude' cause it's kindof short for a hawaiian pronunciation of the word brother. Simon says this a lot).
Hipahipa - Cheers!
Honu - Turtle (specifically, it's Honu is for a sea turtle, but that's the only turtles they have here. a box turtle back home wouldn't be a honu. And this is another word everyone uses)
Kai - Ocean

Lilo - Lost (like Lilo and Stitch!)
Lolo - Crazy (CC says Jeff is lolo all the time)
Mahalo - Thank You (Everyone says Mahalo all the time. the trash cans all say Mahalo. Reciepts all say Mahalo. It sticks, we both say it so many times a day.)
Mahina - Moon
Mano - Shark
Moana - Ocean

Mo'o - Lizard
Nalu - Waves
Ohana - Family (This Simon used recently when talking about his family and Hawaiian culture, but I haven't heard it in normal speaking - mostly on menues, ie, Jackie Ray's Ohana Grill is a family restaurant).
Ono - Delicious (also a kind of fish)
Paniolo - Cowboy
Pau - All Done (Jeff said CC says this at the end of the night sometimes)
Pupu - Appetizers (Almost every menue lists Pupus rather than Appetizers, but it will usually have the word Appetizer under it in small italics. And some places you waitress will ask you if you "would you like any pupus tonight?" but not everywhere)
Wikiwiki - Quick

Well, that's all for now. I'll update you as we go through the new Wailua Wheat!

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