1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Active Beers: 58
Beer Ratings: 499
Beer Avg: 3.68
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)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of gtermi
gtermi

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +1%

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.

11-11-2011 05:29:47 | More by gtermi
Photo of Dogbrick
Dogbrick

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%

(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.

07-07-2011 18:03:27 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of climax
climax

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

03-24-2011 22:31:24 | More by climax
Photo of beelzebubbles
beelzebubbles

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

01-15-2011 19:16:37 | More by beelzebubbles
Photo of Wisconsinality
Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

12-16-2010 17:11:44 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of MeisterBurger
MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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.

10-18-2010 19:44:13 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of cokes
cokes

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

Strip mall. Big, high ceilinged, concrete floor, empty-feeling type of place. The bar is big, and the surrounding tables can seat a good number of folks. But there's not a whole lot of personality within, and it seems like a garage with a few TVs devoted to sports and a few accolades dotting the walls.

Aesthetics aside, this is hands down the best beer spot on Maui. About 12 of their own brews on tap, from the canned Bikini Blonde, Big Swell IPA, and Coconut Porter (all good to very good for the porter), to a couple tourist friendly but decent fruited wheat beers (banana and mango), to some Belgian dabblings (Father Damien Dubbel and Golden Ale), to hoppy offerings of the Cascadian Belgian Black IPA and Double Overhead IIPA. With a wide variety of things along the way (ESB, California Common, rauchbier, amber, pale, etc.). All the beers I had were quite good, with a few standing out even further. They had SN Anniversary Helles Bock, Harvest Ale, and Lost Coast IPA on their guest taps. I stuck to the local stuff, so that should say something about the quality.
Their food was solid, as good pub grub as one will find in the proximity. My wife and I got the fish and chips (fried mahi-mahi) and local plate (kalua pork with rice) and were impressed. The second time, the pork was every bit as good, but her chicken salad was only so-so. Sevice was very good (but the same waitress had us both times...she was great but both nights were slow, so it's hard to get a wider feel for the staff thus the rating might be skewed here).
Price-wise, it's as good as you're gonna get in the middle of the Pacific. The fish and chips and kalua pork were both $12 (a veritable steal here). The pizzas were all north of $20. And I didn't try them, even once I became accustomed to food sticker-shock on the island.
Maui isn't a beer mecca, but I'd come here even if it wasn't in paradise. In fact, I'd be proud to call this my local spot. The decor could use some sprucing up, though.

10-14-2010 07:47:55 | More by cokes
Photo of berley31
berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Went here twice on our trip to Maui at the beginning of August.

It's in a strip-mall type place, but a nice one. Inside it's quite high-ceilinged, cool, with lots of tables and a few booths, and a large rectangular bar with seating all around near the back. Large chalkboard with their draught selections... I'd say they had a good 12 of their own beers on tap, and 3-4 guest taps (SN Harvest, Chimay White were two I remember). I had a few excellent beers and a couple of good ones.

Now, service was spotty, at least in terms of two visits. First time there, the girl who waited on us was awesome... very friendly, knowledgeable about beer, no screw ups. Second time, another girl waited on us and didn't know too much about their beers, and remembered after our check came that my AHA card would get us free calamari and fries. Asked if we wanted them now... uh, no, we're leaving, maybe you could waive one of our drink charges. But no.

Still a pretty nice spot, and great beers. The food we DID try was actually very good. I'd head back... but when will I get to go to Maui again???

09-03-2010 20:49:25 | More by berley31
Photo of coachdonovan
coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Don't be turned off by the location in a little strip mall north of Kaanapali. I stopped in with my new wife for a couple of beers and a snack. The updated inside has that urban/industrial/warehouse look that belies the pub's location. Service was friendly, but when isn't it on the islands?

I was impressed with the selection. Beyond the ubiquitous Coconut Porter and lighter beers for the tourists, they probably had about 15 beers on tap, including a stout and a tasty double IPA. You can get samplers of various sizes, depending on how many beers you want to try. In addition to their own stuff, there were three guest taps: Chimay, SN Harvest and SN 30th Anniv Helles Bock.

The nachos were very good and way too big for the two of us to finish. There are plenty of tables but we sat at the bar, which allowed us to keep our glasses cold on the frosty sheet of ice around the bar. There are numerous TVs, which is unusual for places in Maui. Definitely stop by if you're north of Lahaina.

08-22-2010 16:18:28 | More by coachdonovan
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
BdubleEdubleRUN

California

3.09/5  rDev -24.8%

Hawaii isn't really a craft beer haven and Maui Brewing is one of the few choices. They have some good beers but I won't be rating their beers here or discussing them because its a review on the brewpub.

They have an interesting ice boarder around the bar that they set your beer on when served. The beer was served at a good temperature not too cold but didn't like it staying on the ice.

There were two bartenders one male and one female. They guy got my first beer promptly and seemed to be working hard. The girl walked by when I was finishing and asked if I'd like something else so I asked her for a beer, then when her friends came in she got destracted and forgot about me. About 5 minutes later the guy came back and I had to order my other beer from him.

I didn't eat but I will say the food looked and smelled very good.

I also noticed that they had a beer they brewed named "Santa's Little Helper" and described it as Christmas in July. Port has been brewing a beer named that for a long time and it seems shady to name a beer the same.

There were about 10 beers on tap by Maui and 2 guest beers one being sierra nevada and I forget the other.

07-27-2010 15:15:28 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) in Lahaina, HI
92 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.