Kona Brings Hawaiian-Style IPA to the U.S. Mainland

New brew taps one of the fastest-growing segments in craft beer

Published in CSP Daily News

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii -- Kona Brewing Co. will bring its Castaway IPA, a longtime local favorite at Hawaii pubs and restaurants, to the shores of the U.S. mainland beginning April 14, 2014. The Hawaiian-style IPA will be available in 12-oz. bottles and on draught in major Kona markets across the United States.

Castaway IPA pours copper-colored with touches of tropical mango and passion fruit, and bold, citrusy hops. It’s balanced by rich caramel malts and has a clean, crisp finish. This Hawaiian-style IPA will join year-round Kona favorites Longboard Island Lager, Big Wave Golden Ale and Fire Rock Pale Ale.

“IPAs are one of the fastest-growing segments in today’s craft-beer industry, and we think mainland craft beer lovers will appreciate how distinctive Castaway is from many current IPA offerings," said Kona Brewmaster Billy Smith. "The citrus, tropical and mango influences combine with what you’d expect from a typical IPA to create a drinking experience that takes you back to the islands.”

Castaway IPA 6.0% alcohol by volume, has a bitterness rating of 355 IBUs and will be available in 6-packs of 12-oz. bottles.

Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 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.