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Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub)

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

51 Ratings
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Active Beers: 59
Beer Ratings: 1,081
Beer Avg: 3.69
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 Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev -7%

(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 John_M
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
Photo of TurdFurgison
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
Photo of yemenmocha
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

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 aoampm
4/5  rDev -2.9%

aoampm, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

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
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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 AlexM
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

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 timlyon
4/5  rDev -2.9%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

TheSamKuehn, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of MonkeyKnfeFight
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

MonkeyKnfeFight, Oct 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

bumchilly25, May 22, 2014
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

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 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
Photo of gtermi
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
Photo of joelambic
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

joelambic, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of cokes
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
Photo of berley31
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

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
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of rdrummer
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
Photo of coachdonovan
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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Maui Brewing Co. (Brewpub) in Lahaina, HI
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