Porters. They’re dark, moderately thick and so named because they were considered to be popular among those who fetched out bags. In other words, they were once known as the go-to beer for men (and, increasingly, women) of the working class.*

Every microbrewer worth his or her terminal gravity makes a fine porter, but few make one quite like the folks at Maui Brewing Company.

We especially like them, because, like us, they deal only in cans, which they insist keeps the environment greener and cleaner (cans are easier to recycle, there’s no messy glass bottles to sweep up and, since a sixer of can weighs less than a sixer of glass bottles, they’re cheaper and more efficient to ship).

Of course, aluminum also protects a beer from the sun better than even the most opaque glass bottle, so there’s that, too.

And while exemplary, those details shouldn’t make you want to drink one on of their Coconut Porter. You should drink one because of how it tastes.

You would think that this porter would taste sweet. We thought it would, too, but we were wrong.

Instead, when you first sip one, there’s only a subtle hint of coconut (they toast them, and, it being Hawaii, they’re real coconuts, meaning they’re not processed with a bunch of sugar), which is followed buy a big, round, malty, chocolatey middle.

In fact, it’s not until after you swallow your sip that the coconut flavor really kicks in with a kind of tickling aftertaste. And agin, that aftertaste is pleasant and subtle.

We suggest you try one for yourself to see if we’re not right. And then, when your order of Ribs, Brisket or Chicken comes to your table, paired, of course, with a side (or two!) of our Mac ‘n’ Cheese—because either this beer was made for our mac, or our mac was made for this beer—we suggest you order another, because the meats’ smokey flavors, the Mac’s four tangy cheeses and the porter’s coconut notes will makes all your taste buds sing, in harmony, the same happy song.

*Interestingly, porters are the reason we tip in this country. Actually, it’s more likely due to their bosses at the Pullman Company, who slashed porter wages and then guilted Pullman passengers into tipping them by implying that the porters could not survive without their generosity. Hmmm.

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