(Kailua-Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, May 30, 2012) — Kona Brewing Company once again brings a taste of paradise to craft beer drinkers from Hawaii to the eastern shores of the mainland with Wailua Wheat, available now through September, 2012. Now in its fifth year of production, Wailua Wheat is brewed with real passion fruit puree as the key tropical ingredient in this Aloha Series craft beer.
Named after Maui's Wailua Falls, Wailua Wheat has a crisp, refreshing taste that complements summer foods including grilled mahi mahi, barbecue pork ribs, salads and Tahitian vanilla ice cream. Wailua Wheat won the gold medal in the Fruit Beer category at last year's US Open Beer Championships, as well as at Best of the Northwest/Pacific US Beer Tasting Championships in both 2004 and 2002. Wailua Wheat has an ABV of 5.4%, an IBU of 15, and is brewed with generous amounts of Hallertau hops.
"Wailua Wheat's light flavor has won over fans across the mainland who enjoy a good light summer brew," said Kona president Mattson Davis. "The passion fruit really brings home the taste of Hawaii that first hooks visitors to our island pubs where we serve it on draught year-round."