Celebrating the joy of beer

Brewmaster Steve Haumschild (from left, first photo) toasts with Kihei’s Farinn Randazzo and Alex Gonzalez and Waiehu’s Miki’ala Pua’a-Freitas Saturday afternoon at the 11th annual Maui Brewers Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater. Haumschild, who owns Lanikai Brewing Co. on Oahu, said the event was a great way to connect with fellow brewers and to sample their offerings. “Anything that gets people to celebrate beer is awesome,” he said. “As a brewery owner, I get to see all my friends and celebrate the industry. It’s an honor to be here.” Gonzalez is the manager of Nick’s Fishmarket Maui restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea.

Second photo: Server Stephanie Nobley hands off a cold beer Saturday.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos