In this beer blog, we are going to get into the Longboard Island Lager, which is the flagship beer of Kona Brewing. If you read my earlier beer blog on their Pipeline Porter, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not, please, read the first part of that beer blog. Let us get into the beer.
It has a yellow color with a semi white head on the beer. This beer is light body with a malty smell. The taste is sweet malty without an aftertaste to the beer. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Waikki Beach in Honolulu is the birth place of Longboard surfing. Kona Brewing pays tribute to this iconic place with our own Longboard Island Lager. A spirited, crisp and refreshing brew. Longboard is a smooth ride all the way in. Thirst’s Up! Since 1994, Kona Brewing Co. has been committed to making handcrafted ales and lagers of uncompromised quality. We invite you to visit our brewery and pubs whenever you visit Hawaii. Mahalo!
Here is a description from the website (www.konabrewingco.com):
Longboard Island Lager is a smooth refreshing lager fermented and aged for five weeks at cold temperatures to yield its exceptionally smooth flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body of this beer.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing out, this flagship beer lives up to the spirit of Hawaii and rich history of the surfing. I am not a fan of most craft lagers but this one is a gem of Hawaii. It is light in body but has enough flavor to make you dream of islands and beaches. This beer is extremely drinkable and I can see ton of six packs selling through stores throughout the country. However, it is a craft lager, do you think craft beer drinker is ready to put down their over hopped ales to pick up craft lagers? I believe craft beer drinker is starting to change to drink less hoppy beers and more classic styles or traditional beer styles. I recommend you trying this beer and I believe you will be pretty stun on this Longboard. Go get a Longboard Lager! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser