Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
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3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
A little out of the way - well north of the familiar old town of Lahaina in a nondescript, difficult to see shopping center, but worth the trip if only because this is the only brewpub on the island. The room is large and cavernous, though not inhospitable, with a large dining room, decorated with banners for the cheekily-named brews - and a more intimate bar area. We found the staff hip and enthusiastic about beer - they seemed starved to talk to people who knew about good beer and were curious about it, which doesn't seem like a surprise given the still-evolving state of Hawaii's beer culture. The waiter came over to talk beer and called over the bartender too when it became obvious we were interested. The food was decent - standard bar food with the usual sort of Hawaii twist (think a lot of good pulled pork sort of stuff). The beer was decent, though not mind blowing (but consider that all of these ingredients have to be hauled at great cost and effort from the mainland and it seems better). The Big Swell IPA is good and the cocoanut porter is worth a try if you can find it on tap.
01-08-2010 21:07:09 | More by Seanibus
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
Stopped in while on my honeymoon. I had already tried the regular lineup (Big Swell IPA, Coconut Porter, and Bikini Blonde) at other restaurants on Maui, and I thought they were all very well crafted. I was really excited to try their pub only beers.
I started off with a Maui Coffee Stout (5.0% ABV, 24 IBU). It was easy drinking and not overwhelming with the coffee. Next, I moved on to a black IPA that they call Black Powder IPA (7.2%, 80 IBU). This was fantastic! I have tried Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale in the past and I think that Black Powder holds its own in comparison. It has tons of malt aroma and flavor. I would highly recommend it.
They have approximately 12 to 15 of their own beers on tap and 3 guest beers (when I was there, they were Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5, and Oskar Blues Old Chub).
The food was so-so. I had the fish and chips, with a very large portion of beer battered mahi-mahi that was really, really good. The fries were not that good. My wife got a "large" salad and calamari to put on top of it. The salad was pretty small for the price ($10) and the calamari was some of the worst I've ever had. The rings were tiny and there was only a small portion of tentacles. The coating that was on them had a very unusual taste to it and was really thin.
09-04-2009 06:26:46 | More by gameface23
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
I had no idea what to expect from this place. The location used to house a restaurant that locals told me was awful. I arrived for the first time at noon on a Sunday. The place was, as expected, not crowded. It was sparkling clean. The bar is a large oval with an ice rail that keeps drinks cold while you drink them. This is kind of odd for a brewpub, but is good for water, wine, and mixed drinks.
There were 12 Maui brews on tap and three guest taps. There was a nice assortment of beer from a light summer lager to smoked rye IPA. Most of the beers were on the light side, which isn't bad given the climate, but the Old Chinwig Strong Ale and Red Cock Dopplebock were lusty. The guest taps included Pizza Port Big Wednesday Belgian IPA. The other two were from a Colorado brewer I was unfamiliar with and one more.
The food was equal to the beer or surpassed it. The Maui onion soup was great. The steamers were some of the best I've eaten. My wife loved the salads and the slider. I devoured the bratwurst, which was better than I thought possible on Maui.
We loved the place enough to go back a couple days later. The only thing that changed was the daily special, the bartender, and a few different brews. The place delivered again.
Given the state of beer selection on Maui, this place is a must stop.
08-03-2009 22:56:39 | More by rdrummer
3.88/5 rDev -5.1%
They should call this place Two Brothers West. On vacation and it's weird/nice to see a sort of recreation of the Western suburbs nearly halfway around the world.
The place is tucked in the corner of a strip mall in Kahana, not in Lahaina. Sort of tough to find if you don't know it's there. Stopped by for lunch and the place was pretty empty. Decked out in the same kind of modern industrial mixed with beer hall that Two Brothers does. The ceilings here are much higher though. Grabbed a table and checked out the draft list which had about their entire line up on tap, plus some guest beers for good measure. Had a Black Poweder IPA (which I believe was made with rye) and was excellent and finished with a Black Pearl, which is their CoCoNut Porter aged in rum barrels. Very tasty as well.
The food was great as well. I had the local platter, which at the time of this writing consisted of salmon couscous, shredded pork with BBQ sauce and salad greens. I'm not a food guy, so my description does not do any justice as to how good the food was. My girlfriend has the Mahimahi sandwich and that was also excellent.
I only wish the service we experienced was a bit better. It was a bit slow and slightly inattentive, but other than that, no complaints.
Am probably going to make another trek out here before I leave, the beer is fabulous and the food isn't bad either. Also if anyone has been to Two Brothers, their menus (Maui Brewing Co.) look almost identical in both layout and offerings.
06-14-2009 03:57:39 | More by bluemoonswoon
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
I only heard bad or so-so things about this place before I went but I have loved their beer since trying it and have been meaning to make it out there for a year.
When I arrived I was amazed at the list of beers available and the menu. The interior looks clean and grand with a huge bar with one of those cute ice rail things. It never really got that crowded although it definitely has the capacity to fit a lot of people. The brewing equipment on the site is used to make beer the restaurant only. I was hoping to go there at a time to see it in action, because it's all visible, but I wasn't that lucky.
Their beers included Bikini Blonde, Coconut Porter, and Big Swell IPA of course. Also 9 other really good ones. I'm sure they're all visible on the web site.
04-07-2009 21:04:33 | More by BretP
3.55/5 rDev -13.2%
Just got back from Maui for spring break and on the last full day of my trip I stopped by here. It took me awhile to figure out where it was on a map because the site says its in Lahaina but this place is actually in Kahana (roughly 10 miles north of Lahaina). It is in a strip mall type of area but is easily spotted from the highway.
Went here for lunch on a Thursday. Was expecting it to be a bit more crowded but there weren't many people in it at all. The place is really just one big room with tables and chairs set up for guest to sit and eat and then they have the bar directly across the entrance. It was big and seemed a bit empty just because of how big the room was and the lack of people in the place.
Their beer is listed on big chalkboard posted on the kitchen wall. They had 13 original beers and SN ESB. When looking at the bar I noticed 11 taps so I'm guessing that the normal three beers that you can purchase in the stores (Big Swell, Bikini Blonde, Coconut Porter) were in cans and the taps were the 11 taps. I ordered a Red Cock Doppelbock and my dad got a pale ale (don't remember the name). I was a bit disappointed when I received my beer because it came in what seemed like a 12 oz glass (it wasn't 16 oz for sure) and my dad's pint wasn't filled all the way (head ended about 1/2" below the top of the glass). I wish I would have been told that I wasn't getting a 16 oz beer when I ordered it but it isn't something I honestly thought about. Price was the same for both of the beers. My mom ordered a sampler (predetermined of their 3 canned beers and a draft). I really enjoyed my beer and my dad also enjoyed his.
The food was pretty good, I had a chicken bbq sandwich which I really enjoyed. The menu was pretty large and pretty good variety. When note in my rating that prices were reasonable I'm comparing that to Maui prices not mainland prices (everyone is more expensive in Hawaii). Beers were $5 and the sample was $4. Our waitress was nice but didn't come around that often. Not the best service ever but by no means was it horrible.
Overall I pleased with the place. I was expecting a bit more in the atmosphere. If you happen to find yourself on the west coast of Maui, I'd suggest stopping in for lunch and a few beers.
03-28-2009 20:50:45 | More by Swimsum
3.94/5 rDev -3.7%
Just having spent 10 days in Hawaii, I had the chance to visit the westernmost US brewery (read review on Waimea Brewing Co.) and then Maui Brewing co.
As a complete hop-head, I wasn't expecting too much from this place, but was nicely surprised with two beers.
With about 8 taps and several nicely canned brews...its definitely worth a visit. The bartender was VERY nice, and the crowd friendly.
The two beers I stuck with were Baraccuda Bitter and Big Swell IPA...the bitter was a weaker version of Rogue's brutal bitter, the Big Swell was very good despite only being available in a can.
Overall, definitely shouldn't rank in a top ten list unless its a list of Hawaiian breweries BUT definitely worth going to as a brew lover for the experience. You are also a minute from the ocean and several beaches, and 8 miles north of Lahaina where there are several more bars and restaurants.
12-21-2007 17:10:35 | More by Guinness3000
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
We tried this restaurant/brewpub for dinner our second night in Maui. The name has actually changed to Maui Brewing Co., as mentioned in a previous review.
Everything was really good, the food, the service, the beers, everything expect the price. This is the most expensive brewpub I've ever tried. But it's best to look at this as a high-end restaurant for a date with the wife, scoring you points while you selfishly slam some awesome beers. The selection was really good:
Belgian Abbey (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
Red Cock Dopplebock
Maui Pale Ale
Big Swell IPA
Double Overhead DIPA
Wild Hog Stout
Penguin XX Imperial Stout
and 4 more I can't remember.
Everything was good, and we bought a growler so we can re-fill periodically while were on the island. They sell lots of merchandise, but it's overpriced as well, maybe because they have to ship from the mainland.
03-13-2007 16:52:39 | More by TurdFurgison
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Had dinner here with my new wife on April 23rd (I think, the days all blended together...). This was my second visit- a good friend and I had drinks/late lunch here in 2001 when we just stumbled across it.
This place is in branding transition, as they are morphing into the "Maui Brewing Company" (change reported to Beerfly Guide). However, our waiter told us that it is still known far and wide as Fish & Game Rotisserie, and so the re-naming effort has a way to successful completion. He also told us that that they are planning to open a canning (you heard it right, not bottling) facility in Upcountry Maui in the summer of 2006.
OK, enough with background and rumors. This is a really good brewpub. Also really expensive. Except for resto-bier restaurants in Europe (Erasmus, Den Dyver come to mind), this is the most expensive pub I've ever been to. But it's good quality to go with.
10 beers on tap, almost all brewed here. They were:
Bikini Blond 4%, Mai Bock 6.5%, Blondzilla 8%, Red Cock Dopplebock 8.5%, Honoula Lager 5%, Wild Hog Stout 6%, Maui Pale Ale 5.5%, Belgian Wheat 4.5%,Belgian Tropo Ale 6% (more on that one later) and one guest beer I didn't write down (I think it was Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, or some similar barleywine). My wife had the stout, and I had the Pale Ale and the Tropo Ale. The stout and pale were quite good, and the Tropo was a trip and a half. A Belgian Pale Ale (not complex enough for a strong pale ale) infused with Lilikoi (passionfruit) puree. Significant points for creativity, but it was almost undrinkable to me. Say it with me- passionfruit and beer don't mix! But that didn't stop me from appreciating the beer list. Wish I could have tried more. Also wine and full bar for non-BAs.
Atmosphere was lots of wood and green paint/wallpaper, think of a clubhouse the English gents would retire to after a fox hunt. Decent enough, very manly. Sports motif and several bigscreen TVs with sports.
Food was very good but expensive. $35 fish expensive. We went to cheaper choices (ribs and such) that weren't so bad, but still, bring your wallet.
I am sad that we didn't have one, but they have a "stout and ice cream float" on the dessert menu. Nice.
Overall, I recommend the place highly, and would love to go for lunch or drinks after work, but (like the rest of Hawaii), be prepared for high prices.
05-08-2006 14:54:00 | More by Dukeofearl
4.3/5 rDev +5.1%
I've tryed this place numerous times, most recently 26 July 06. There was usally at least 6 beers on offer, on maui that's all you can ask. Beers tend to run to the lighter side of the the specrum, but in Hawaii, a huge hop monster will not satisfy 99.8% of the customers.
The Big Wave PA , Maibock& Stout were easily the best.
The food & service were always great to stellar. This is not a a place for the backpack traveler. Fish will set you back $24-36 in the evening now. Great smoked chicken& ribs. Great sports memorabilia in the bar, the resteraunt is & was always too stuffy for me. Go at lunch to try the food & a great shot a who know's what on tap. Great looking/pricey growlers!
01-20-2006 05:48:33 | More by russpowell
Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) in Lahaina, HI
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.