Hawaiian Monk Beer Cocktail Recipe

A sun-kissed beer-tail with a juicy island punch
April 20, 2017Words by Huckberry StaffPhotos by Bryson Malone

Editor's Note: Mark Twain called Hawaii "one long delicious summer day," and having recently spent a week exploring Kauai for our first Spring Catalog we have to agree. Hawaii’s northernmost island was the perfect proving ground for all our favorite spring gear, and we had the dream team to put it to the test: the greatest surfer of all-time, Kelly Slater; local Kauai legend and shark advocate, Mike Coots; Huckberry Ambassador and former pro surfer Mikey DeTemple; our buddy (and ace poke chef) Mychael Henry and, of course, our Chrysler Town & Country rental minivan. We hope you enjoy the excerpt below, and that our adventures in Kauai inspire you to take a trip of your own. 

Named after the Hawaiian monk seal, whose ancient name means “dog that runs in rough water,” this beer-tail runs in sweet water — specifically the creamy spice of a Westmalle Tripel Trappist ale. A little bit of grenadine and a sweet shaka of tropical passionfruit (locals call it Liliko’i) transform the abbey malt into an umbrella-worthy tiki treat. They might be kissing cousins, but this is no Car Bomb. Sip slowly and see — you’re on island time now.


Drink Ingredients:


11oz Westmalle Tripel Ale

1 tsp Grenadine Syrup

2oz Passionfruit Juice

4oz Coconut Milk (for foam)

2oz Guava Juice (for foam)

1 Orange slice

2 Maraschino cherries

1 Cocktail umbrella



Pour the ale into the glass, holding it sideways to minimize foam. Slowly add the grenadine and passionfruit juice, give it a stir, and wait for any foam to subside. To build the simple guava-coconut foam, use an electric foamer — or just put it in a jar and shake it like it owes you money. Float the finished foam on top and garnish responsibly. Unlike the monk seal, none of these ingredients are endangered, so pour your buds a few too and let their tastebuds shoot the curl. Recipe serves one. [H]


This post is part of our Spring 2017 Catalog in Kauai. Explore some of our other Kauaian adventures below:

Exclusive interview with Pro Surfer Kelly Slater 

Hiking with Shark Advocate with Mike Coots

Provisions: Yellowfin Tuna Poké Bowl

Behind the Scenes with Team Huckberry

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