Get ready for tasty food, live music and tastings from dozens of local and national craft breweries — the 11th Annual Maui Brewers Festival is headed to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center later this month.
On May 18, one of Maui’s top festivals will feature fare from local restaurants and caterers at no additional charge, as well as the opportunity to sample libations from dozens of celebrated brewers. There will also be live music featuring Yum Yum Beast, Riddum Station and Flat Jackson, door prizes and a homebrew competition, where you can see how your brew stands up to the rest.
Don't like beer? Sip on hard cider, hard kombucha and root beer, as well as other non-alcoholic beverages offered at the event. You can do so knowing that all of it is going to a good cause — the Maui Brewers Festival is one of the MACC’s largest fundraising events of the year.
The event runs from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., but a VIP ticket will get you in the doors at 2 p.m. for an exclusive tasting. You’ll also get ten 4 oz. beer tastings, access to rare beer throughout the event, first dibs at food from over 20 vendors, a beer lanyard and special access to prize giveaways.
Everyone who attends will get a commemorative tasting glass, and those with general admission tickets will get eight 4 oz. beer tastings. Tickets cost $120 for VIP, $65 for general admission and $55 for designated drivers.
This year’s breweries include: 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Aloha Beer Company*, Anchor Brewing, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Ballast Point Brewing Company, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Beer Lab HI*, Big Island Brewhaus*, Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams & Angry Orchard), Breakside Brewery, Burgeon Beer**, Deschutes Brewery, Eel River Brewing Co., Faction**, Firestone Walker, Hilo Brewing & Beverages*, Honolulu BeerWorks*, Hop Valley Brewing Company, Kauai Beer Company*, Kauai Island Brewing Company*, Kohola Brewery*, Kona Brewing Company*, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lanikai Brewing Company*, Lost Coast Brewery, Mason Ale Works**, Maui Brewing Co.*, Newtopia Cyder, Ninkasi Brewing, Ola Brew Co.*, Paradise Ciders*, Revision**, Rogue, Saint Archer Brewing Company, Second Chance Brewing**, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Smog City Brewing, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers**, Stone Brewing Co., Three Weavers Brewing Company, Uncommon Brewers, Urban Roots**, & Waikiki Brewing Company*
* = beer is brewed in Hawaii
** = new to the Brewers Festival this year