Craft beer is really starting to make its presence known on Maui. I always said there should be more beer on the island! Pioneering the Maui craft beer movement is Maui Brewing Company, followed by the recent opening of Kohola Brewery in Lahaina. Not only does Maui now have two craft breweries, there are a ton of great places to grab a good beer around the island. Here are some great suggestions of where to find craft beer on Maui!
Maui Brewing Company
Founded in 2005 by Garrett Marrero, Maui Brewing Co. was the first craft brewery on Maui (and was the only one for many years until Kohola showed up on the map). A few years ago, they moved into a larger production facility in Kihei that includes a taproom where you can enjoy a large selection of their flagship and seasonal beers, along with the occasional guest tap from other breweries.
FOOD: Although the Kihei location of MBC does not serve food, they have food trucks onsite every day (food truck schedule here). Hard to beat a combination of two of my favorite things – food trucks and beer!
TOURS: If you’re up for a tour of the production facility, they offer six daily tours between noon and 3:15 p.m. The cost is $15/pp and includes a 45-minute facility tour, a tasting of their flagship beers, a token for a full beer, and a souvenir glass. You can book tours through their website here.
Kihei Brewery & Tasting Room
605 Lipoa Parkway
Kihei, HI 96753
Phone: (808) 213-3002 xt. 105
THE BEER: Between our visits in 2015 and 2016, the beer list has expanded and the beers just keep getting better!
My favorite Maui Brew Co. beer that we’ve had by far is the Mosaic Mo Betta IPA. This beer has those hoppy flavors that West Coast IPA drinkers will really gravitate to. MBC – will you can this and ship it to the mainland for us, pretty please?! Also, if you’re into dark beers and coconut (and if it’s still available), give their award-winning Imperial Coconut Porter a try – it’s a crowd favorite!
On our first visit to the brewery, we had the Blood Orange Lorenzini – a double IPA – and I was so sad that we missed it on our recent trip. It’s one of their most popular beers and sells out rather quickly. If you’re lucky enough to see that on the tap list, GET IT!
When not at the brewery, you can stock up on cans at nearly every local grocery store. My go-to favs are the Big Swell IPA and the Haleakala Sunryes Rye IPA. We were also lucky enough to snag cans of the special release POG IPA (POG = passion orange guava) during our time there (as well as try it on tap at a few local places). I kind of wish it had a little more POG flavor, but it was still a really great beer.
KAHANA BREWPUB: If you find yourself on the west side of the island (Lahaina, Ka’anapali, Kahana), you can check out their brewpub which serves a full menu. You can also pick up six packs and growler fills of their beer to go. We haven’t had the chance to make it out there yet, but will put it on the visit list for the next trip!
Kahana Gateway Center
4405 Honoapiilani Hwy
Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: (808) 669-3474
Both locations of Maui Brewing have daily happy hour specials, and have logo wear Wednesday where you can enjoy $4 pints all day when you wear your MBC gear.
Though we’ve only visited the Kihei brewery twice, we will be back again every trip! How can you miss it? Grab your friends and plan to spend a couple hours drinking awesome beer, playing some board games, and indulging in one of the local food trucks.
The new kid on the block, Kohola Brewery, opened its doors in December 2015, taking over the old production facility of Maui Brewing Company in Lahaina. As soon as I heard of this new venture, I made a mental note to be sure we visited on our next trip to Maui. I love the industrial vibe of the taproom – some of the best breweries we’ve been to have been in unassuming industrial parks!
FOOD: Kohola Brewery does not serve food on site, but there are a couple of places close by where you can grab a bite before heading to the brewery, including delicious tacos from Ono Tacos just a few steps away (read about Ono Tacos here).
TOURS: Kohola offers three public tours Tuesday through Saturday at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Included in the cost ($15/pp) is a 30-minute tour of the facility and a sampling of their year-round beers. To book a tour and read their tour guidelines, click here.
910 Honoapiilani Hwy, Suite 55
Lahaina, HI 96761
THE BEER: We tried the 88 Light Rye IPA, Moon Beam Coffee Stout, Red Sand Irish Style Ale, and the Mighty 88 Imperial IPA. I think our two favorites were the coffee stout and the imperial IPA. Kohola’s flavors are a little more subdued than we are used to, especially since we are pretty hardcore hopheads. I look forward to seeing this brewery grow and their beer list expand!
Kohola also offers a daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for discounted pints.
The atmosphere in the taproom is casual, and you can relax and play a round of Jenga with a group of friends. It is an open air warehouse so if you’re looking for a place to cool down, you’ll have to rely solely on the beer for now!
Where else can you find Kohola? Though not currently bottling/canning for distribution, you can find Kohola’s beer on tap at many locations around the island. I am sure that will change soon as the brewery gains popularity.
Pint & Cork
Another relatively new spot on Maui is Pint & Cork, located at the Shops at Wailea. You can enjoy craft beer from one of their 16 taps, and they also serve wine and cocktails from a full bar.
THE FOOD: Everything that we had at Pint & Cork was delicious! We went during happy hour (something I recommend people do if you can on Maui in order to spend a little less $$$ on food).
The atmosphere in Pint & Cork is really cool – like a very upscale sports bar. Speaking of sports, they have the NFL Sunday Ticket (and an enticing Bloody Mary bar) for you football fans out there. You can check out the craft beer they have on tap on the large list they have up on the wall!
The Pint & Cork
Shops at Wailea
3750 Wailea Alanui Drive
Kihei, HI 96753
Of course there are a ton of other places where you can find craft beer on Maui. Some other places around the island that we didn’t get to try out yet that we’d love to get to next time are:
Rock & Brews
120 Hana Hwy
Paia, HI 96779
Actually a chain restaurant in North America, the Paia location serves up a variety of local craft beers as well as others from around the U.S., and also serves up a full menu.
If you have any suggestions to add to this list, please let us know and we will check them out on our next trip!
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