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Who's got the coldest beer on island?

March 29, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Who’s got the coldest beer on the island? Word has it the new Monkeypod Kitchen does.

Situated upstairs in the new Wailea Center at the top of Wailea Ike Drive, the new, 6,100-square-foot establishment is becoming renowned for serving a variety of cold and frothy beverages.

“Thirty-three craft beers are served at 29 degrees on tap at the curved 30-foot bar,” says vice president Amber Thibaut. “Beer freezes at 25.6 degrees, so we pour it cold! Since the beverage menu emphasizes sustainability, we only serve a few rare and limited beers by the bottle. They are 22 ounces or 750 milliliters, the same size as wine bottles.”

Owner Peter Merriman says his newest establishment in his restaurant empire is “way more casual than Merriman's Kapalua. Our intent is to be in a niche that no one in the Wailea Resort area is occupying right now — fun AND local." Share appetizers include calabash slider trio, pumpkin patch ravioli, "hapa" sashimi with half ahi and half ono, and house-cut fries with ginger ketchup.

Other menu items include chicken adobo, dry mein, and ricotta Caprese. Pizza dough is made from scratch and tossed into the air by chefs before it’s whisked into a kiawe-wood burning oven. Varieties include the Bourgeois with white sauce, shrimp, garlic and fresh arugula; and the Proletariat with pepperoni, sausage, onion, green pepper, fresh mozzarella and tomato sauce.

"The setting is meant to be fun and casual, but you can order anything from steak entrees to fresh fish. The menu really runs the gamut of dining options so as to please everyone,” says Merriman, who will be participating in the Maui County Agricultural Festival this weekend.

Who do you think serves the coldest beers on the island?


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