Limited-release beer features Maui-raised lemongrass

Maui Brewing Co. collaborated with brewer Lost Abbey of California in using 100 percent Maui-raised lemongrass in a limited release beer, a news release from the beer company said.

Lemongrass Saison is a 5.5 percent alcohol by volume beer utilizing white wheat, oats, pilsner malt, lemongrass, citra and Nelson Sauvin hops. This limited-release beer has been available since mid-April in 12-ounce cans and draft.

The Lost Abbey is a brewery located in San Marcos, Calif., and is famous for its Belgian-inspired beers.

In total, about 500 barrels were produced, out of which about 400 barrels was canned and the difference available in draft, the news release said.

“All market areas where MBC is distributed will receive product but specific allocations will be based on sales,” said Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing founder.

A total of 150 pounds of lemongrass from James Simpliciano’s Kaanapali farm was used in the recipe.

The Lemongrass Saison artwork is a rendering of an old church in Kahakuloa, playing on the Lost Abbey theme, the news release said.

Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a seven-barrel brewpub in Kahana and a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina.

New pancake shop. Slappy Cakes, a make-your-own pancake restaurant, is opening June 3 in the Honokowai Marketplace.

The restaurant features a griddle in every table and offers a full breakfast and lunch menu with an emphasis on local, sustainable and organic ingredients, a news release from the restaurant said.

Slappy Cakes first opened in Portland, Ore., in 2009. In January, Slappy Cakes opened in Tokyo and is opening two more locations in Manila.


Maui hotels on list. Maui hotels and Kaanapali Beach were in the top 15 of Gogobot Travelers’ Favorite Awards.

The final award recipients were chosen from the more than 60,000 places visited by more than 2.5 million registered Gogobot users, their friends and other travelers in their network, a Gogobot news release said.

The Maui winners:

* Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, fourth in the Best Family Hotel category.

* Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, fourth in the Best Resorts/All Inclusives category.

* Westin Maui Resort & Spa, 13th in the Best Resorts/All Inclusives category.

* Kaanapali Beach, 11th in Best Beaches category.


Good working conditions. Five Maui-based companies made Hawaii Business Magazine’s Best Places to Work in Hawaii list for 2013.

There were two companies in the medium-sized category with 50 to 249 workers:

* Maui Family Support Services Inc., Wailuku, 55 workers providing family support services. The nonprofit organizations offers flexible schedules, a staff holiday up to 30 days before or after the actual holiday to meet family needs or to extend a family vacation, paid time-off certificates for workers after two years on the job to be added to alloted paid time off.

* Skyline Eco-Adventures, Pukalani, 59 employees at zipline company. Workers receive complimentary tour passes to give out at their discretion and accrue paid days to volunteer at nonprofits of their choice. At the holiday party, the company honors two outstanding employees, who receive plaques and their names are engraved on a plaque in the office.

Three companies were in the small employers category of 15 to 49 employees:

* Blue Ginger, based in Kahului, made the list. The citation notes that the 30-year-old clothing retailer with 44 employees offers flexible schedules and four-day work weeks as well as incentive coupons for free clothing.

* Imua Family Services of Wailuku with 42 workers providing developmental and therapeutic support services to children up to 6 years old. The nonprofit organization was lauded for giving its employees flexible scheduling and 19 holidays a year. The nonprofit organization also brings in national speakers for staff development.

* Pacific Biodiesel, based in Kahului with 44 employees in Hawaii and 58 in total. Employees at the biofuel company receive discounts for fuel. The company covers 100 percent of employee health care benefits, and every employee receives an annual bonus.

The Best Places to Work in Hawaii is a partnership between Hawaii Business and Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pa. BCG is an independent workplace-excellence research firm that partners with local publications and organizations to create similar lists across the U.S. and internationally, Hawaii Business Magazine said.

The program is free and open to all publicly and privately held organizations in Hawaii, either for- or nonprofit. To be eligible, companies must have 15 or more employees working in Hawaii. BCG surveys employees and assesses the company’s policies and practices, evaluates the data and ultimately names the companies appearing on the list. Employees who fill out the surveys are granted anonymity, which encourages honest responses, Hawaii Business Magazine said.

* Tides of Commerce is a business feature that will run from time to time with information on new businesses and awards and recognitions of Maui County businesses.