Maui 2015: Hali’imaile Distillery Tour & Tasting

We went on a tour of Hali’imaile Distilling and it was great! When we went into the space where they were fermenting the sugar cane which would then be distilled into rum, it smelled like our apartment when we’re fermenting our ciders and wines. One of the coolest things is that the sugar cane for their rum is grown right there on the island. Also, their vodka is distilled from pineapples, also grown on the island. We learned that the huge pineapple plantation sends their harvest to the winery, who then juices the pineapples and keeps some of the juice for their wines, gives some to the distillery for their vodka, and gives some to Maui Brewing Company which uses it for some of their beers. I totally love how it’s all local (except for the whiskey). The Beach Bum Rum is Sammy Hagar’s label, but distilled by Hali’imaile Distillery. The guy in the picture below who looks like Sammy Hagar is actually Mark Nigbur, the Master Distiller & genius. The glass stills that are pictured are not only engineered and designed by him, but they are the only ones in the world. We were really impressed with their proprietary yeast strain that ferments very quickly, so much more quickly than what we can use at home, and Cole was asking Mark about it. They chatted a little and Mark gave Cole his personal business card and said, “Call me if you have any questions about yeast or distilling or anything!” This guy was the coolest. He also autographed a bottle of booze we bought.

Before the tour we went across the way to the Hali’imaile General Store, a bar and restaurant, for a drink. We had their award-winning Tai Mai (this is not a typo) and it was delicious. Limey without being overwhelmingly limey, as is too common.

Published in: on 11/10/2015 at 11:35 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Maui 2015: The Flight

We recently went to Maui for about a week and it was absolutely wonderful. We flew Hawaiian Airlines and I swear if they flew everywhere I would never take another airline ever again. They still serve a complementary meal. A MEAL! I mean, it’s an airline meal but still, it was included in our reasonably priced ticket. I was amazed. If we wanted to watch any movies we’d have to pay but I prefer to read and listen to podcasts during flights anyway. They have a cart of all kinds of snacks that you could pay for but the POG (passion-orange-guava juice, juice of the gods) was complementary and our meal came with a little package of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. The flight attendant just handed us our meals and saw me trying to sneak over and steal Cole’s macadamias. She smacked me on the arm and said, “Sistah, you be nice and I bring you more lattah.” About 15 minutes later, this happened:

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Cole felt like she was just encouraging bad behaviour but I will agree to disagree. We actually had the same flight attendant on our flight home and without even having to harass Cole, I got extra cookies.

I’m breaking up the Maui post into multiple individual posts. More soon!

Published in: on 11/09/2015 at 3:51 AM  Comments (2)  
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