Longboard Island Lager Brewed by Kona Brewing - Kona, Hawaii
Longboard Island Lager is a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for
five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor. A
delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.
IBUs: 18. ABV: 18. Hops: Mount Hood, Hallertau, Saaz
Food Pairings: Longboard Island Lager typically pairs well with lighter fare
but has enough flavor and body to stand up to some heartier foods too. Try
some with herb chicken on mixed greens, garlic twists, Greek pizza.
Beer Review by Beer Advocate:
My first Longboard I was on the island of Maui. I remember it well. Waking up
early to go find a bar to watch the Bears game. There was a 5 hour difference.
It pours a nice clear golden color. Very fine head in the glass. The aroma every
is subtle but every time takes me back to Hawaii. It hits on the nose just
right. It is a very refreshing and easy to drink beer. You can easily put back
several of these without realizing it. Overall, the first one of these was one
of the most memorable beers I've ever had.
Kona Brewing History
Kona Brewing Company was started by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon
Khalsa. The pair had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with
spirit, passion and quality. Their love of Hawaii, and a desire to protect the
pristine environment here, brought them to the Big Island to fulfill their
vision. Kona Brewing continues to be headquartered right where it began, in
Kailua-Kona on Hawaii's Big Island.
Kona Brewing Company’s Kailua-Kona Pub on Hawaii’s Big Island opened in November
1998. An enormous mahogany log that washed ashore in Kailua Bay was used to
adorn the masterpiece Koa wood bar. The featured ohia wood posts used on the
lanai came from South Kona. The rusty corrugated tin that provides a shade roof
over the outdoor lanai came from an old Holualoa okolehao (liquor distilled from
ti root) distillery. These are just a few of the local materials used to create
this showcase restaurant. The pub is known for great hand spun pizzas, local
organic salads and fresh beers on draft that you can’t find anywhere else. Every
Sunday evening local musicians provide live entertainment.
Kona Brewing Company runs its flagship brewhouse in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big
Island, which produced more than 10,000 barrels of beer in 2008.
Under strict guidance, Kona Brewing Company also produces its bottled beer and
mainland draft beer in Portland, Oregon, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as part
of its partnership with Craft Brewers Alliance Inc.
Recipes and beer specifications are dictated by Kona Brewing Company’s
brewmaster, who oversees each of Kona Brewing Company’s partner breweries as the
beer is brewed and packaged. The beer brewed at Kona Brewing Company’s partner
breweries utilizes Kona’s hops, malt and proprietary yeast. The water mineral
levels at each brewery are adjusted to replicate the water used in Hawaii. A
sample of each batch of beer is sent to the Kailua-Kona brewery for sensory
evaluation. The brewmaster and quality assurance employees are in daily contact
with mainland partner breweries.
Kona Brewing Company recognizes the importance of crafting its tasty ales and
lagers close to their markets. By brewing the beer close to distribution
markets, Kona Brewing Company ensures beer drinkers are receiving the freshest
beer. This also enables Kona Brewing Company to minimize its carbon footprint,
expending limited resources to deliver quality beer.