Coconut Stout wins Beer Fest

Barley, yeast and hops are all traditional ingredients used to make beer. But it was the idea to add coconut that helped crown one team champions of the Homebrew People’s Choice Contest at the 2017 Kohler Festival of Beer.

Terry Andersen, senior staff engineer, Kallista, and longtime Kohler resident Mike Coulson teamed up to create the Hula Girl Coconut Stout. The wellbalanced combination of roasted malt flavors paired with subtle notes of toasted coconut made the beer a hit at the April festival.

“When we enter competitions, we call ourselves ‘Village Brewery’ since we’ve been home brewing in Kohler for the past seven years,” said Andersen. The duo entered their coconut stout into the contest looking defend their title, after earning People’s Choice at the 2016 event, by offering a unique twist on a traditional stout.

For their win, Andersen and Coulson had the opportunity to brew Hula Girl at 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. in Sheboygan, alongside its founder and head brewmaster Grant Pauly.

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