On a recent trip to Hawaii, I told my friends that the state is perfect except for its lack of local wine and alcohol producers. Hearing that, one of my friends bought me an assortment of locally produced beverages. I was digging on the Longboard Island Lager from Kona Brewing Company, which surprised me because I usually find lagers boring. This medium-bodied brew has a hint of spice, a toasty bread flavor, and just enough hoppiness. The underside of each bottle cap is printed with a different Hawaiian word (like hipahipa, or “cheers”), so you can learn a new language while you sip.

Longboard Island Lager, $6.99 for a six-pack

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