Catch a Wave
Paddle into easy-drinking, island refreshment with Big Wave. So smooth, it's like catching the crest of a breaking wave at Oahu's Makaha Beach and gliding all the way into the sandy shore. Paradise is just a sip away, so bring your ohana along for the ride.
One life, right?
Kona Big Wave Golden Ale is, in fact, brewed in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, though it’s also brewed in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Washington. The Hawaiian brand may have been purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev, but Kona Brewing Company is still committed to the sustainability of the island on which it was first created. The Big Island-based brewery has a limited capacity to grow (since it’s on an island and all), meaning most of its popular brews are crafted in the Lower 48. Recently, Kona Brewing Company opened an expanded production facility in Kailua-Kona to help increase the capacity for truly island-style brews.
Kona Big Wave Golden Ale is one of Kona Brewing Company’s best-known beers. This is a light American Blonde Ale with low bitterness and just 4.4% ABV. Most Kona brews, Big Wave included, highlight the bright, tropical citrus flavors of hops (Big Wave features Galaxy and Citra varietals), making this an extra refreshing collection of beers — you don’t have to think twice about bringing a 6-pack of Big Wave to the beach. American Blonde Ales are characteristically easy to drink, have a pale caramel color, and pair well with seafood (like a fresh poke bowl).
At 4.4% alcohol content, a 12-ounce bottle of Kona Big Wave Golden Ale contains just 132 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates, resulting in a brew that is both refreshing and tasty. While there is a gentle presence of malt in the brew, most of the flavor comes from the bitter, juicy hops, which lend a tropical citrus flavor to most of the Kona Brewing Company line. For an even lighter option, try the Kona Light Blonde Ale, which shares similar flavors to the Kona Big Wave but has only 99 calories and 4 grams of carbs per bottle.
For summertime get-togethers like a pool party or barbecue, you really can’t go wrong with a 6-pack from Kona Brewing Company. Kona Big Wave Golden Ale is easily one of the more popular styles. While Kona Big Wave is distributed throughout the lower 48, it’s always a good idea to check your local availability on Drizly.