10 Comments

  1. BeerBanker
    February 13, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Aloha Garrett.
    Enjoyed the interview and especially the comments about the wide range of beers you’re brewing now. When I visited your brewpub a few years back while in the islands seeing relatives, I fell in love with the Coconut Porter and brought back 2 sixes(packaged in pasteboard as I recall,not plastic. Neat idea) in my carry-on. Can’t wait for you to ink a deal with a SOUTHEAST distributor so us folks in Atlanta can enjoy a taste of the islands. Mahalo and keep up the great brewing.

  2. Billy C
    February 11, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    We love Maui Brew here on the Big Island. At our alehouse, Humpy’s in Kona, the Maui beers that we have on draught are our best sellers. We recently had a issue with one of the kegs, and had to send it back. In a few days time, I had an email in my inbox from Garrett himself letting me know that the issue was being taken care of from the very top. No other brewery does this. When I have an issue with a Sam Adams keg, Jim Koch doesn’t contact me, Garrett does. It just shows his dedication to the craft, and the love of his beer. I can’t wait to put on some of the Limited Release ales on draught. Aloha

  3. lucybear999
    February 10, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    Great Beer!

    Things I Like About Maui Brewing:

    – Variety Packs (get to sample a little of each)
    – The Cans (Very Beach Friendly)
    – Can Graphics
    – The Local Ingredients

    Clearly the best craft beer coming from the Islands. I hope to make it to the brewpub, one of these days…

    Thanks Garrett

  4. Jen Russo
    February 9, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    Excellent interview, thought provoking answers by Garrett. MBC is constantly compared to Kona Brew when the subject of Craft Brewing in Hawaii comes up. Through no fault of theirs. Its important to make that distinction between the two for consumers. Maui Brewing Co crafted on Maui (no ka oi), Kona Brew not made in Hawaii, yet very much branded as a Hawaii product.

  5. Garrett
    February 9, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Aloha CJ, I appreciate your comments however you are totally wrong. I’d be happy to forward the numerous interviews where I do not make mention of any other breweries.

    I think it’s probably best to look at this specific article as it is the most recent and the one you are criticizing.

    If you take note of the title you’ll see that it’s an “Interview with”, this puts myself in the position of interviewee, in other words I ANSWER the questions posed by the interviewer, in this case Dan/TheFullPint.com.

    I myself thought that the question was “loaded” a bit to elicit the “drama” a bit. Ultimately my answers were considered “controversial” but they were the truth. It is not my position as interviewee to dictate what questions are asked. That would in essence create a case of me interviewing myself where no hard questions are asked and the public is left with a fluff piece rather than truth.

    Mahalo for your time and support of The Full Pint.

  6. CJ
    February 7, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    For a guy that claims he doesn’t want to talk about competition, I have yet to read a feature about MBC or an interview with him that he doesn’t mention Kona Brewing Co.

    He’s right, he should focus on MBC and making better beer and not other craft brewers.

  7. SD Localist
    February 4, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    A San Diego beer not made in San Diego… TailGate Beer?

  8. Russ Phillips
    February 3, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Very nice interview! I’d love to try that Black Pearl! They should put that in cans!

  9. Don
    February 3, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    Craft beer drinkers “are craft beer loyal, not craft brand loyal”

    Fantastic quote (of a quote). Hopefully the east coast distributor he’s holding close to the vest is in Maryland. I still haven’t been able to try Coconut Porter.

  10. Eric S
    February 3, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    Great interview… I’d like to see more of these from different brewers around the world.

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