Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)
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2.75/5 rDev -32.8%
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
3.09/5 rDev -24.4%
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
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
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
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
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
01-30-2010 03:17:48 | More by yemenmocha
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
(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
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
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
Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) in Lahaina, HI
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.