Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
BEER AVG
3.71/5
Based on:
38 Beers
858 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 55
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
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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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.09/5  rDev -24.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of devilben02
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Big thanks to my wife, who spotted this gem in the back corner of a nondescript shopping center as we explored Maui. Walking in the door, I notice that it has a somewhat typical urban warehouse style, with high unfinished ceilings and big glass walls in front of a line of brew kettles. My opinion turns when I see the large chalkboard in the back listing the dozen options produced by the brewery that are available on draft, ranging from the expected (lager and pale ale) to the interesting (rauchbier and "Christmas in July"). Because this was just a quick stopover on our trip, I just ordered a sampler of their four most popular styles (the lager, IPA, California Common, and the CoCoNut porter) and was satisfied with all of them. The food was good and featured interesting takes on a variety of typical bar food, from the variety of sliders to the "Adult" grilled cheese that included fried salami. Overall, it was a satisfying experience that made me want to seek out Maui's beers for the rest of my trip to the islands.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Made 5 visits during my week in Maui. Great selection of beers with style information is posted on the wall in this industrial-like interior place. Outside is a bland looking strip mall that doesn't cohere with the interior too well.

Sports-bar feel is obvious with the numerous TV's and occasionally boisterous & obnoxious fans who have had too many pints. Seems to have a more "locals only" feel than what I found at other restaurants given how I observed the bartenders treat the seemingly obvious locals vs. people like me with touristy clothing and a camera around my neck. Music was unbearably loud in the happy hour afternoon hours and evenings. There was a notable blue collar feel to the customer base that was here, even though it is in a nice area.

Service ranged all over the place from atrocious to above average, and on one occasion we had to re-seat ourselves nearly twice because nobody would notice that we were seated in their section(s). And one of these occasions was at the bar, and the bartender was too interested in her conversation with a friend-customer even though I'm *certain* she saw us sit down.

Food was very good and reasonable priced compared to the other options in the Kaanapali area. Fried Brie appetizer was rich and excellent with the little dipping sauce, pizza was above average, onion rings were unique, and even the veggie burger was good with smoked gouda and pesto sauce - so flavorful!

The beer selection and food make this place worthwhile, but I recommend trying to go early in the day before it is noisy, and try to sit at the bar where (normally) you're likely to be served quickly.

Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of gameface23
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of rdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of BretP
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

Awesome job.

Photo of Swimsum
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Guinness3000
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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
Coconut Porter
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

Photo of atigerlife
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is in Kahana on the West side of Maui. Easy to find in the Kahana Gateway shopping center.

We went for lunch and there was a sparse crowd. Also went for a late night snack and the crowd picked up when the band started [nice prices at after 10 p.m.]Very nice interior. Lots of wood. Nice horseshoe bar, open kitchen, and three TV's. I suspect that it is fancier for dinner as the other rooms we saw were much more sedate.
There were about 10 beers on tap. They have nice 3 oz. samplers with either 6 or 10 beers. I had the following:
Bikini blonde lager [4%, 16 IBU]
Primo Pilsner [4.5, 30]
Maui Pale Ale [5.5, 45]
Tropo Lilikoi Ale [4.5, 18]
Wild Hog Stout [6, 38]
Dark Knight Lager [5%]
Belgian Wheat [4%]
Belgian Abbey Ale [9, 25]
Big Swell IPA [6.3, 57]
Overall, I was pretty impressed. I'm usually wary of brewpubs, but their beers were consistently good. Very respectable.

The food was also good. Most appetizers were $6-14 [e.g. chicken wings, shrimp, calamari, mussels, sashimi]. Also soups & salads. Entrees were around $8-14 [Lasagna, Fish & chips, Ribs, Chicken, Reuben, Oyster po boy, Bratwurst, Cajun Crab cakes].
We had calamari, French dip and Fish oysters with chips. Food was consistently good, thought the oysters were too salty.
Service was excellent. Very friendly and attentive.
We spent $45 with tip/tax for two. Dinner looks rather expensive. I will definitely go try and go back before leaving Maui. I highly recommend this place.

Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

visited on 6/3/03 (fri. night, 8:30 pm)

we went directly to fish & game after a luau, so we had no room at all for food. in fact, we had very little room for beer even, so we split 10 samples. sample sizes were the same as in other brewpubs (about 4 oz?), and the cost was just $1 per sample. the cost seemed very reasonable, given the fact that we were just having samples anyway, and that the beers were good.

classy interior. more brewpub-ian than hawaiian. spacious. very clean. "masculine" (???). not very crowded. lots of room at horseshoe shaped bar near the rear.

we were served by one bartender. he brought us our first 6 samples immediately. as we finished those up, he indulged us with samples of the other 4 beers and was careful to note which beers were which and gave short descriptions of a few of them. very friendly and courteous. we didn't spend much money since we were just sampling, but the bartender gave us all the attention we needed. he seemed to know a few others at the bar as regulars, and engaged another tourist couple in friendly conversation.

there were 10 beers in all. let's see if i can remember:
stout (pumped w/ nitro), golden ale, pilsner, lager, pale ale, hefeweizen, passionfruit ale, maibock, ipa, bitter.

the stout was of good quality and seemed quite similar to guinness in body and flavor (maybe it was the nitro?). i'm not a big fan of regular golden ales, pilsners, and lagers, but these were also of solid quality. i remember one of them having a surprisingly citrusy flavor, and not the type i usually get from hops. i think it was the lager. the pale ale was definitely their best beer. it had a pretty bold cascade hop flavor and could almost be called an IPA. it was big on the floral/citrus but not so much on the bitter. it tasted very fresh. in fact, all the beers seemed very fresh. i didn't see tapping dates, but i didn't care too much since the beers simply tasted fresh. it seems as though they care for their beers well. the maibock was less malty than i expected, the IPA less hoppy, and the bitter less bitter. the hefeweizen was much tastier than the american wheats i've tasted at other brewpubs. very chewy, banana, yeasty flavor. the passionfruit ale was a pleasant surprise. i was expected something like fruit flavored seltzer (based on fruit beer experiences at other brewpubs), but this seemed like their golden ale blended or fermented with passionfruit juice. the amount of passionfruit flavor was just right.

didn't give the food a try and didn't look at a menu either, but you can probably take a good guess as to the type of food served.

i was looking forward to going here before i even got to maui. next time in maui, i'd definitely go back for more of the pale ale, hefeweizen, and passionfruit ale. if you're over in the lahaina/west maui region, definitely stop in. you can see it from hwy 30, so it's real easy to get to.

Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) in Lahaina, HI
92 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.