On stage, hot Maui musicians of The Eazy, GoMega, Lia Live & the Kryptones, and the Alika Nako'oka Band will heat things up.
Outdoors on the amphitheater lawn, you may cool down with craft beer from 32 top breweries in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan and as far away as Delaware.
The fourth Maui Brewers Festival will be held under the palm trees with food and beer booths scattered about. With high-top tables, where you may drink in the views and imbibe, it's kind of like a pub crawl of the outdoor Maui kind. Many people dress in wild outfits and wear fun hats and sunglasses, making it festive, like a casual Halloween in May.
Beer spiritualists toast to the good times.
The Maui News / CARLA TRACY photo
Sponsored by both the MACC and Maui Brewing Co., this popular event is a fundraiser for The Center with net proceeds benefiting the arts education and cultural programs for students, seniors and the Maui County community.
So come and tip a few for a good cause!
"Craft beer is the No. 1-growing alcohol beverage in U.S. supermarkets with sales quickly approaching $1 billion," says celebrity guest Tom Dalldorf, who is the publisher of Celebrator Beer News, the oldest and most respected beer journal in the country.
The details:?To be untapped from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday outdoors at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. General admission includes eight, four ounce beers, unlimited food and parking. Cost is $45 in advance; and $55 day of the event. Happy hour (early entry at 2 p.m.) and designated driver (food only) packages are also available. You must be 21 and older. Call The MACC's box office at 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.
"The number of breweries in the U.S. is climbing towards 2,000 and Hawaii is definitely part of that trend. I'm really looking forward to attending Maui Brewers Festival to meet the brewmasters, taste the wide variety of craft beers and partake of good beer in paradise," he continues.
Spend the afternoon sipping dark and light beers, ales and lagers from craft brewers such as Anderson Valley, Avery, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Big Island Brewhaus, Blue Moon, Caldera, Coronado, Dogfish Head, Deschutes, Hopworks Urban, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Kona Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Mission, Moylan's, Ninkasi, North Coast, Oskar Blues, Pizza Port, Primo, Redhook Ale, Redstone Meadery, Rogue Ales, Samuel Adams, Santa Cruz Mountain, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Uncommon, The Bruery and Widmer.
Enjoy a leisurely day of sampling from the selection of 68 craft beers and pair your choices with island-style dishes from local food purveyors.
"This year's Maui Brewers Festival promises to be the biggest one yet 20 of Maui's popular restaurants and caterers have stepped up to the craft-beer-palate plate with signature pupu that will pair with the finest brews from across the country!" says Lisa Haole, food and beverage manager at The MACC.
They include Aloha Events Catering, Famous Dave's, Flatbread & Co., Food for the Soul, Fred's Mexican Cafe, Gourmet Catering by Vasi, Heavenly Dogs, Hawai'i Gelato, Just Wing It, Kalama's Local Grinds, KC's Local Grindz, Maui Brewing Co. Brew Pub, Maui Catering Co., Maui Tacos, Mulligan's on the Blue, Outrigger Pizza Co., Rodeo General Store, Star Anise Indian Cuisine, Stella Blues Cafe and Whole Foods Market.
Just Wing It will do boneless-skinless chicken tenders in beer-and-panko batter; Maui Brewing Co. will make pot pies shaped like beer mugs; and Stella Blues will serve savory turkey meatballs.
Remember, be responsible. Don't drink and drive.