Cheers to our director of restaurants, Chris Yamamoto, who directs The Desmond’s craft beer program. Through some painstaking tasting sessions (a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!), we’re able to provide the best the industry has to offer. Be sure to try some (or all) of these brews for the ultimate in seasonal craft beer offerings.

Pilsner: Two Roads Brewing Company’s Ol’ Factory Pilsner

We love the pun in the name, and we love the flavors in this beer even more. This traditional pilsner has extra aroma from the unconventional use of dry hops. Two Roads uses a combination of classic German as well as American hop and malt varieties. The result is crisp, refreshing and refined.

Wheat Beer: Avery Brewing’s Liliko’i Kepolo Witbier

This Belgian-style wheat is infused with a copious amount of passion fruit, making it more tart than sweet, and undeniably delicious.

Shandys and Radlers: Great Divide Brewing Company’s Roadie Grapefruit Radler

The grapefruit’s acidity makes this combination surprisingly refreshing on a hot day. It’s perfect as a session beer.

Sour Ale: Brewery Ommegang’s Pale Sour Ale

A fantastic example of the style, with an ideal balance of souring acidity, sweetness and a clean finish. This ale has a soft mouthfeel, delicate body and a bright, clean finish, making it a great choice for rookies and seasoned veterans of the style.

India Pale Ale: Levante Brewing’s Going Guava! IPA

A fruity lactose IPA brewed with Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Motueka and Mosaic hops, and fermented with guava puree for an intensely juicy aroma and flavor.

How to Make a Beer Cocktail

One of Chris’ personal favorites is the Beer-mosa. “The best style of beer for the job, in my opinion, is either a witbier (where the sweet and sour citrus juices can complement the beer’s character) or an IPA (where the added sugars from the juice can balance the aggressive hop notes),” Chris said. “My personal recipe is 6 ounces Liliko’I Kepolo, 5 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice, and 1 ounce of pineapple juice (peach puree also works nicely) in a stemmed glass with a fresh orange slice.”

A great beer program is just one reason to visit The Desmond. Make your reservation today! Come have a drink, stay for a meal and see why our guests keep coming back!

For 25 years, The Desmond Hotel has earned a reputation for superior hospitality and comfort. We boast 194 well-appointed non-smoking guest rooms and suites with modern amenities and hotel-wide free WiFi. Our luxury property offers three onsite dining options, two bars, indoor and outdoor fitness and beautiful grounds. We have the perfect setting for you—no matter the occasion. The Desmond is ideal for corporate meetings and retreats, wedding receptions and any kind of celebration. Events of all sizes welcome!

Nathan Greenwood

Photos: Ed Williams