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Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
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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Photo of MeisterBurger
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.

MeisterBurger, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
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.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

TaborTime, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Swimsum
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

Swimsum, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Nayr
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Nayr, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Wisconsinality
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.

Wisconsinality, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

yemenmocha, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

Seanibus, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of berley31
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???

berley31, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Guinness3000
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

Guinness3000, Dec 21, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

NorCalAussie, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

bumchilly25, May 22, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Great brewery pub - incredible staff (how can you not be happy, you're in Hawaii), and a big list of their brews. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the beers, we both brew ourselves and although I was in their establishment for less than an hour, we struck up a friendship. I've spoken with him via email a couple times since our visit.

If you're in the area - you're a lucky bastard, it's beautiful - stop here and sample a wide assortment of very good beers. You'll be happy you did.

Mantooth, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Mplsbrew, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Maui Brewing is a pretty cool place in a small shopping center. Inside has a slightly industrial feel with small kegs cut in half and used as light covers and the like. They offer up around 15 of their own beers and a few guest taps too. Their offerings represent a full range of beer styles and I am pretty sure anyone can find something they would enjoy. Service is pretty average though. Their food is pretty average and I would probably recommend not eating here for a full meal. Their beer prices are reasonable but their food items can be pretty steep. This is a must visit place if you are on Maui.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev -2.7%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

SteveCarrozza, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of climax
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.

climax, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Dukeofearl, May 08, 2006
Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%

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
92 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.