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Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
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.

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4.8/5  rDev +16.5%

jlenderman, Aug 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Thomasboeker2014, Jun 13, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

bayern1987, Jun 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

joelambic, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of MoJoeB
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%

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
Photo of Jodawn
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%

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
Photo of atigerlife
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

atigerlife, Dec 13, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

TheSamKuehn, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 15, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +7%

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.

HighCarbDiet, Jun 05, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

TurdFurgison, Mar 13, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

rdrummer, Aug 03, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

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!

russpowell, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of beelzebubbles
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

BretP, Apr 07, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

coachdonovan, Aug 22, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

LooseMoose1978, Monday at 05:35 PM
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

gameface23, Sep 04, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

cokes, Oct 14, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

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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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

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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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

devilben02, Jul 20, 2010
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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%

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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Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) in Lahaina, HI
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