A can of Maui Brewing Co. CoCoNut Porter

Maui Brewing CoCoNut Porter

Maui Brewing Co. CoCoNut Porter

  • Roasted coffee
  • Smoky, bitter stout
  • Malty smoke; possibly some toasted coconut

Available in cans.

Having never been part of the PBR Drinking Society, the last time I got beer in a can was a Guinness with the special nitrous-widget. But as Melba recently wrote, craft breweries around the country are canning their beer because it’s easier to ship. Thanks to friend-of-DnU, Scott S of Aurora, I was recently able to try Maui Brewing Co. CoCoNut Porter. Maui only ships canned beer—no bottles—for consumers. And so the first order of business is to point out that once poured into my glass, I wouldn’t have been able to tell that this beer was poured from an aluminum can.

A can of Maui Brewing Co. CoCoNut Porter

Yep, that's a can of beer, alright.

I also was not able to tell that this was made with toasted coconut, unfortunately. The beer is excellent—another craft-brewer that has produced the hard-to-get-right porter/stout—so all around good-marks for Maui Brewing. It’s possible that I’m alone in not getting the coconut highlights that the tasting notes suggest that I should be tasting, but the porter is all-around smooth and hearty, and, assuming it’s available, I highly recommend purchasing a six-pack four-pack. The 12 oz. cans fit quite nicely in my fridge, with 2 of them occupying the space that one 12 oz. bottle would normally go. Maybe there is something to this beer-in-a-can thing after all.