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Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

Not Rated.
Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Active Beers: 38
Beer Ratings: 850
Beer Avg: 3.71
Taps: 8
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

4405 Honoapiilani Hwy Ste 217
Lahaina, Hawaii, 96761-9272
United States
phone: (808) 669-3474

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mauibrewingco

Notes:
Original location, up to 8 microbrews on tap. Located in the Kahana Gateway Center, a few miles north of Kaanapali Beach. New production facility with tasting room planned for Lahainatown soon. The tasting room is now open.

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2005)
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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

TheSamKuehn, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -1%

Located in a small shopping mall just north of Lahaina, the brewpub is a surprising good size pub with a sizeable wrap around bar in the middle. Both MBC and Kona brewing have something of beach theme going on, which I guess makes sense. The vibe is relaxed and informal, and with several TV's as well, this is pretty good place to hang out with a beer or three.

As for the selection, on this day they had 19 beers on tap, with a number of seasonal ans special release items. As I recall, sample glasses are in the $2.25 range, and I ordered roughly 10 different sample glasses. Some things were better than others of course, but quality was pretty high across the board, with two exceptions. They had a barrel aged wit on tap this day (aged in Chardonnay), and while the idea was intriguing, the barrel aging really didn't do a lot for the wit. In place of clove and coriandor, there was something of a wine and vanilla flavor instead, and I just don't think it worked. On the other hand, the IPA's here generally all pretty good (they had 3 on tap this day as I recall), and the imperial coconut porter was an absolute stunner (easily the best beer I've ever tasted from a Hawaii, and a solild candidate for the BA top 100, if the beer is ever distributed on the mainland).

Service here was very good, with our bartendeer easily the most knowledgeable server we encontered on the islands (we figured he might know a thing or two when we saw the Walking Man brewing cap he was wearing). As for food, we got a small order of nachos with pulled pork, guac and sour cream added as an extra. It was very good as well, and was pretty sizeable for a small order.

Prices were on the high side, but again, not inordinately so for the islands. I think the samplers, a snifter of the porter and the food came to around $40.

Definitely a fun stop during our visit to Maui.

John_M, Jul 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

bayern1987, Jun 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

joelambic, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Thomasboeker2014, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

bumchilly25, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Great brewery pub - incredible staff (how can you not be happy, you're in Hawaii), and a big list of their brews. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the beers, we both brew ourselves and although I was in their establishment for less than an hour, we struck up a friendship. I've spoken with him via email a couple times since our visit.

If you're in the area - you're a lucky bastard, it's beautiful - stop here and sample a wide assortment of very good beers. You'll be happy you did.

Mantooth, Apr 06, 2014
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4.66/5  rDev +13.7%

Great service and really good food. That said, go for the beer. Fresh Maui brews and other microbrews are great.

Empty kegs serve as light fixtures. Pretty cool. Lots of beer take home options too!

Pizza and wings were excellent. But they offer more "sophisticated" fare. Will try those next visit.

Jodawn, Feb 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

TaborTime, Dec 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Mplsbrew, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

A great place to grab a bite and a pint. 15+ taps and lots of new beers to try. Food is great pub food and is reasonably priced. A place you can bring the whole family or go out with your buddies for a drink. Love the use of old kegs as lights and decorations.

Topher78, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Thecherryman
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

I have been going to Maui, Hawaii for years now and this is one of my favorite breweries. They always have a lot of Brewpub only releases and they are usually quite delicious. I am a huge fan of the buffalo wings and their salads too, they grill their wings and the salads are prepared with delicious dressing and taste fresh. Their freight train IPA tastes identical to zombie dust (favorite pale ale) and that is always a winner for me while I am out here. They also have a diverse beer menu that can have anyone happy. This is a must try if your in Maui, Hawaii!

CHEERS!

Thecherryman, Dec 21, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

Maui Brewing has some tasty beers, so I made it a point to stop by here when on vacation. The first thing that struck me was just how vast their beer selection was. I had tried some of their beer they distribute in the past, but was blown away by all of the different beers they had on tap.

The atmosphere was decent, although nothing spectacular (the brewpub is in a strip mall) it felt like any other brewpub you would go to, definitely a family environment. The service was good and the food was actually quite good as well. Prices were reasonable, especially considering how expensive Hawaii can be.

I would recommend anyone who loves beer to stop by the Maui Brewing pub when you are on Maui!

MoJoeB, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Maui Brewing is a pretty cool place in a small shopping center. Inside has a slightly industrial feel with small kegs cut in half and used as light covers and the like. They offer up around 15 of their own beers and a few guest taps too. Their offerings represent a full range of beer styles and I am pretty sure anyone can find something they would enjoy. Service is pretty average though. Their food is pretty average and I would probably recommend not eating here for a full meal. Their beer prices are reasonable but their food items can be pretty steep. This is a must visit place if you are on Maui.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

This is one of the my favorite brewpubs I have ever been to. I went to the Brewery and after the tour they gave you a coin for a free beer at the brewery or the brewpub, so we headed down the street to the brewpub. The place is so nice. It has a very calm and cool environment. They have a great selection of beers, much more than the brewery. The service was above average, but there was only one guy when I was working and he was slammed. He still did a good job, but they should have had more people working. The prices are typical of a brewpub. I would love to come back here again if I ever go back to Maui.

gtermi, Nov 11, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -6.6%

(Visited 12/2010): Maui Brewing Co's brewpub location is in the Kahana Gateway Center on Honoapiilani Highway. There is a good-sized parking lot in the plaza.

The interior is open with a utilitarian look and feel. Brewing equipment is viewable behind glass, and there is a huge chalkboard that lists available beers. The bar is toward the rear of the space, and there is bench/table seating elsewhere. One cool aspect of the decor is lighting made out of kegs.

The brewpub's selection includes 9 house beers plus 2 guest taps. The Maui beers include most of the flagship offerings plus some more unique beers like a smoked hemp ale, mango wheat, jalapeno pepper Blonde and a Belgian Abbey. All of their beers are solid.

Service on a weekday lunch was good. Both our server and the bartender were knowledgeable and friendly.

Food at Maui is good as well. We both enjoyed our sandwiches and seafood dishes.

Overall this spot was well worth the drive from the port, and I would recommend to anyone visiting the island.

Dogbrick, Jul 07, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

I was happy to be able to hit up a good brewery on a leisure trip to the islands. It's in a newish strip mall in the northern extent of what is considered the Lahaina city limits. It's 10 minutes north of Old Lahain Town (Front St.). Location was nothing special, right off of the highway not really near the beach. The place is very open, high ceilings with skylights, and tables strewn about the floor. The door was open (as it should be in HI) the entire time to give it quite an airy feel.

We went during off hours (between lunch and dinner) on a weekday. Thus, we pretty much had the place to ourselves, so service was good. They seems to have plenty of staff for the time we were there.

They had several offerings on tap, roughly 15 beers with a Sierra Nevada guest tap. Maui Brewing makes quality beers of all styles so there shouldn't be an issue finding more than one that you like. Between the three of us we tried every one. If the chipotle beer is offered... beware. It's not for most.

The food selection was pretty interesting. They had mainland comfort food, meat and potatoes, several fresh pizzas, and sandwiches. The prices weren't cheap, but for Maui they weren't bad. If you can afford Hawaii's most expensive island, you can afford to hang out here for a few hours. Good experience.

climax, Mar 24, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

Went twice in Jan. 2011.

Our first visit was really good. We had a great waitress who was very attentive. They had a couple of guest beers (Sierra Nevada Reserve and something from Pizza Port). But I decided to stick to ones from Maui brewing company.

They had a good selection of tap beers. The ones normally seen in cans were on tap (big swell IPA, CoCoNut porter, bikini blond). In addition they had a range of other styles to choose from. -- a couple of wheat beers made with fruit, a pilsner, Ode to Carol Belgian ale, Santa's little helper, and Lorenzini 6th Sense IPA (an IPA jointly made with Pizza Port). Plus another 4 or 5 taps that I don't remember.

The food is mostly the kind of things you find in brew pubs. (Sandwiches, pizza) What we had wasn't bad.

We went back a second night, and it wasn't as good the second time. This time our waiter was a no show for the first 10 minutes or so. Eventually another waiter came over and took our drink orders, saying our waiter was busy or something. Eventually our waiter materialized. After that the service got a little better, but it was a little lacking.

Maui isn't known for a lot of variety beer-wise. This was the best place we found. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the West Maui area.

beelzebubbles, Jan 15, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev -7.3%

Thanks to my Hawaiian hookup for taking us here, July2Nov.

This place is located on a little port which makes for great scenery while sipping one of their good brews. Like many brewpubs for breweries, they always have something on tap that they don't bottle or in this instance, don't can. This was the case here with a few of their beers and I went with their barleywine, good choice. Really, the beers are on point and that is all that really matters. They had their standard offerings to go along with some tap only brews. The food was awesome and for it being in Hawai'i, not bad at all. Go there if you can. My only complaint is I had to wait a little while to get another beer while my glass was empty. Nothing that makes you want to avoid this place. If you go to the Island of Oahu, please go here. It doesn't take much to get here if you are from the mainland.

Wisconsinality, Dec 16, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

There's nothing particularly endearing about a restaurant in a strip mall in the most touristy part of Maui to begin with, and if the beer wasn't so good and if any other craft beer options existed, I'd recommend skipping this brewpub entirely.

The service here is abysmal. Our hostess was unfriendly and gave us attitude when we asked not to be seated in an area beside the kitchen. The place lacks any semblance of ambiance as it is--the last thing I want is to be seated in a corner, all but completely cut off from the rest of the restaurant.

Our waitress came, eventually, but forgot to bring her personality with her. She did the absolute bare minimum. And she committed what is for me the ultimate epic server fail: She didn't ask how everything was. That's waitressing 101. Asking people how they are enjoying their meals. It was clearly apparent the whole time that she just did not care.

What was worse was, after clearing our plates, she didn't bother to ask if we wanted anything else. Dessert? Coffee? Tea? Another beer? Nothing. Instead she just put the check in on the table and walked away. I only stayed for another beer after this because I really wanted to try the Belgian Black IPA or I might have just been inclined to pay and get the hell out of dodge. I'm not sure why she wanted to get rid of us so quickly; it's not like there was a line-up to get in. It was half full at best.

As for the ambiance, well, it's big and open and lifeless. There's zero warmth or charm. Just a big open area with a cement floor. There's some long tables in the middle and you can see in the kitchen. But really, this place didn't have much of a vibe at all. And the music was horrible. I didn't want to hear Supertramp in the '70s and I want to hear them even less now. There's also too many TVs, which I hate, because try though I might, I can't help but be distracted by them.

We went for a light dinner and I'm glad we didn't have huge appetites as what we did order wasn't great.

We split onion rings to start which were...you know. Onion rings. All greasy and oniony, just like an onion right ought to be. They were served with a chipotle remoulade that wasn't nearly chipotle-y or remoulade-y enough for me. It's been almost a week since I had it but in my memory it reminded me more of a ranch dressing.

We split the Veggie Pesto Pizza for our main. Basically think of a premade grocery store pizza crust topped with a rather astringent and spectacularly un-basily pesto, with canned artichokes, barely rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic.

Lots of garlic.

So much garlic.

Like, all the garlic in Maui, at the same place, at the same time.

I love garlic but this was just way too much.

In short, it wasn't anything you couldn't make for yourself providing you added a fuckload of garlic. We were still tasting it the next day.

If I complained about the prices I'd have to complain about everywhere I ate in Maui. This is not a place for budget travellers. So I'll say the value was reasonable all things considered and leave it at that.

As for the beer, I really should have taken notes as I forget the names of these things or anything specific but, I started with the rauchbier (the name was something to do with a smokestack) which was nicely smokey and similar to Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, really nicely done. I then had a stout which was good if forgettable. I finished with a Cascadian Belgian Black IPA. It was exactly what I imagined it would be. Nice and roasty with a good west coast hopping with some nice Belgian funkiness. Really neat.

My companion had a mango wheat beer which was pretty meh and frankly not much better than the Mana Wheat they sell in cans, which neither of us cared for either---the former is a pretty mediocre American wheat ale brewed with mango, the latter is pretty much the same, only with pineapple.

Overall there was a good and varied selection of about about a dozen or more beers on tap to please a lot of tastes, and I liked what I had enough to try more. But I reached a point where as a paying customer I didn't enjoy being neglected in such a crappy space, so we headed back to our hotel much earlier than anticipated.

If I ever go back to Maui, and I hope one day that I do, I'd plan to just hit this place for drinks and sidle on up to the bar where I'd be bound to get better service...but unless this place somehow becomes well managed between then and now, that seems doubtful.

Note: My quality ranking applies to the beer only.

MeisterBurger, Oct 18, 2010
Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) in Lahaina, HI
92 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.