The US Small Business Administration SBA has bestowed Maui Brewing Company’s Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley with the 2017 Small Business Persons of the Year for the Nation. After first being honored with the State of Hawaii award, husband-and-wife owners Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley went on to also receive the national award. Maui Brewing Company has achieved a great deal since its humble beginning in 2005 as a small brewpub in Kahana. Still very much independently owned and operated under the direction of owners Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley, Maui has gone on to open a large production facility with tasting room in Kihei and has also expanded on the restaurant side to the island of Oahu; MBC Waikiki opened in January. MBC Kailua is in the works and expected to open in Kailua in 2018.

Maui Brewing Company possesses a very talented brewing staff masterly directed by two award-winning brewers, Jesse Hauck Director of Brewing Operations and Kim Brisson-Lutz Brewmaster. Houck’s brewing lineage includes California breweries Speakeasy, Gordon Biersch, 21st Amendment, Drakes and Golden Road, along with multiple awards. Brisson-Lutz returned to MBC as its new Brewmaster in late 2016. She began her professional brewing career in 2008 at Maui prior to being recruited for the Head Brewer position at Saint Archer Brewing Company in San Diego. At Saint Archer, her Saint Archer White Ale earned a 2014 GABF gold medal in the Belgian-style Witbier category. During her previous stint at MBC, her La Perous White scored 2010 GABF silver and a 2012 World Beer Cup bronze medal in the Witbier category.

Since 2005, MBC has been awarded 8 GABF and 6 WBC medals. Maui’s independently-owned island brewed handcrafted ales and lagers are currently “served with aloha in 20 states and 10 countries.”