Kona Brewing Announces Launch of Koko Brown Ale

On February 21, Kona Brewing will be bringing Koko Brown Ale to market, the first new beer available on the mainland from the brewer since 2007, and the third in Kona Brewing’s Aloha Series. Koko Brown’s nutty aroma and flavor comes from real toasted coconut brewed into each batch. It was first tapped at Kona’s Kailua-Kona pub in 2009 under the name Coco Loco. Koko Brown Ale will be available in west coast markets February 21 through May 1, 2011.

Tasting notes:

• Dried, toasted coconut is added to the mash, lending a pleasant nutty aroma and flavor.
• Deep amber with rich mahogany hues. Toffee and nutty coconut flavor is complemented by mildly roasty Victory and Munich malts.
• OG: 13.3 P
• ABV: 5.5%
• IBU: 28
• Extras: toasted coconut chips.

Koko Brown Ale’s packaging depicts a stand-up paddler in Maunalua Bay, in the shadow of Koko Head and Koko Crater. Stand up paddling (SUP) is one of the fastest growing recreational sports and was the ancient Hawaiians’ mode of solo transport in visiting remote villages and fishing grounds. Today, SUP competitions often launch below Kona Brewing’s Koko Marina pub.

Koko Brown Ale joins Wailua Wheat and Pipeline Porter as the third in the Aloha Series and will be available in 12 ounce bottles and draught throughout HI, AK, WA, OR, ID, MT, WY, NV, CA, CO, AZ, and NM.

About Kona Brewing

Kona Brewing Company was started in the spring of 1994 by father and son team Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa, who had a dream to create fresh, local island brews made with spirit, passion and quality. It is a Hawaii-born and Hawaii-based craft brewery that prides itself on brewing the freshest beer of exceptional quality, closest to market. This helps to minimize its carbon footprint by reducing shipping of raw materials, finished beer and wasteful packaging materials. The brewery is headquartered where it began, in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. It has grown into Hawaii’s largest brewery, has three restaurant sites in Hawaii and beer distribution reaching 28 states and Japan. It is the 13th largest craft brewery in the country. For more information call 808-334-BREW or www.KonaBrewingCo.com.