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Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria

Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco TaqueriaBig Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 111
Beer Avg: 3.78

Taps: 12 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

64-1066 Mamalahoa Hwy
Unit A
Kamuela, Hawaii, 96743-7309
United States
phone: (808) 887-1717

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(Place added by: slyke on 07-04-2011)
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$

This place was great - very relaxed atmosphere, a decent amount of their beers (maybe 10-15 on tap). I tried all their beers I hadn't tried before via 2 pints and a 5-beer sampler in 3.5 oz servings. All were tasty, the Pau Hana Pale Ale was incredible.

The brew-pub also serves Mexican food, and it was very good, especially for Hawaii (Hawaii is not known for their Mexican food). I ordered the taco plate (beef & steak) and it was fantastic. Other dishes people ordered included enchiladas, burritos and fish tacos. Everybody loved their meals, and definitely enjoyed their beers. The prices weren't ridiculous and the service was great.

This place is a little out of the way, but well worth the trip if you are on the Big Island. Highly recommended. I hope they start bottling their beers, but I did leave with a growler of their Pau Hana Pale Ale which I enjoyed later, the next day.

02-12-2013 01:42:21 | More by Resuin
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

04-24-2014 05:06:06 | More by guezarka
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | $$

This review is for the beer only, not the food since I didn't order any.

Went through about 5 items, (not to mention about another four that I could find in bottle shops), and was very impressed. As far as I am concerned it's the best brewery on the Big Island.

Standouts here are the off items, but many of the classic regular lineups are solid such as the White Mountain Porter, and Overboard IPA.

Many limited beers though are impressive. Mandarin Gold is truly a great fruit option with a good soft vanilla flavor and texture. Red Sea of Cacao with it's pink salt, chocolate, and Tall Dark And Mandarin with it's chocolate and mandarin orange all have wonderful aromas, with palates that are truly unique and make you want more.

Service is a little slow, particularly when it's busy, but it's not horrifically bad.

The location is of course not in the most populated areas of the island but it is easily worth going to. The ambience here is also a lot of fun with many people who are visiting and some locals who are all out having a great experience.

A very worthy stop on the island for a brew, and prices here for beer are actually pretty reasonable.

04-21-2014 19:26:55 | More by smakawhat
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-04-2013 03:10:52 | More by nickfl
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dbriesemeister

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$

Stopped by while everyone else was down at the Ironman Championship.

Server was very friendly and helpful with suggestions on food and beer.

Interior was cozy, but we sat out on the spacious patio (~10 tables).

Interesting range of Mexican fare: tacos, burritos, and the like. We all enjoyed our meals.

Prices were very reasonable by Hawaii standards.

10-13-2013 01:36:58 | More by dbriesemeister
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QuakeAttack

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

We visited Big Island Brewhaus & Taqueria last month while on holiday. It was partially overcast day in Waimae and we stopped for a late lunch.

Atmosphere: I liked the inside of the bar/restaurant, but it was crowded and we ended up sitting outside. You had a mix of locals and tourists. Nothing special...

Quality: Heh, you want a Belgian Ale on the Big Island. We had the White Porter, Pale Ale, and Dark Sabbath (Belgian Dark Strong Ale). I would order all three again. The coconut in the White Porter was excellent and I loved the local honey in the Dark Sabbath.

Service: It was fine. Nothing special.

Selection: I doubt that you will find a better selection of beers on the Big Island. If you are ono for some beer while on vacation or a local getting into craft beer, this is it.

Food: Mexican on the Big Island. My kids were fine with it. Me, not so much.

Value: It was reasonable compared with other places on the Big Island (which means nothing is cheap).

08-09-2013 23:25:47 | More by QuakeAttack
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human24

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Brewmaster Thomas Kerns and crew hit the mark on an array of masterfully crafted styles (13 beers on tap!), including Golden Sabbath, a world-class Belgian, and White Mountain Porter, an island treasure with local coffee and toasted coconut. A solid menu of Mexican dishes is a great complement to the brews.

03-13-2013 03:11:13 | More by human24
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pod4ski

California

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Sat at the bar 2 pm on a weekday. THe place was happening. Alot of customers filling growlers and jars, and why not. great beer at very affordable prices. I had a taster and enjoyed their Overboard IPA the most. Very nice belguim, Dark Sabbath .... if you like Belgiums. They had 14 home crafted beers on tap, all theirs. Wow, would I be in trouble if I lived nearby. THe foot was reasonably priced Mexican foot with locally grown beef and produce. And the fresh fish tacos were awesome.

This is a place you cannot miss if you are a beer drinker visiting the Big Island, about 45 minutes from Kona.

11-20-2012 04:18:18 | More by pod4ski
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ejb8910

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $

Stumbled upon this place while taking a mountain drive on 6-25-2012. I loved the atmosphere. They had about fifteen beers on tap and the staff was very helpful. I tried the Hoptopias and it was very tasty and hoppy. Girlfriend drank the Overboard IPA and she enjoyed it as well. The place has Mexican food and is very reasonably priced. Pints are five dollars and premium pints are 6.50. I believe it is going to be hard to find a better place on this island with fifteen varieties of beers I have never tried.

06-26-2012 19:04:15 | More by ejb8910
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jamex

California

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $

April 2012

Stopped here for a bite to eat and some brews. I was getting tired of drinking Kona Brewing beers (bought at the supermarket) so I looked forward to some other brews.

The place is small and unassuming - there is a small patio outside and inside room for about 30. Since the place claims to be a "taqueria" I ordered the grilled fish tacos. Others in my groups ordered similar Mexican food.

Well, being from San Diego sure didn't help. We have some of the best Mexican food here, so when we took bites of our food we were all disappointed. Flavors were bland and just "meh."

Moving on to the beers. I ordered six samples in this order:
White Mtn Porter: Really good
Macadamia Nut Brown: Also good
Mandarin Gold: Good (wow, this place is great)
Golden Sabbath: Yuk
Dark Sabbath: Yuk
Overboard IPA: Yuk
I then ordered a red beer half pint and drain poured it.

So if you come here, stick to the porters and browns - it must be their "thing."

Prices and service was average. Left there disappointed.

04-13-2012 18:38:45 | More by jamex
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Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria in Kamuela, HI
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.