Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 145
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slyke:
3.78/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place has been around in Waimea/Kamuela as Tako Taco for several years, but in the spring of 2011 current owner, Thomas Kerns, began brewing in a building out back. They are transitioning to the new name "Big Island Brewhaus."
The atmosphere is comfy and inviting with bright colors inside and a covered outdoor seating area. There are open mic. nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays with live music some other evenings.
Beer quality is very good. On my recent visit to Hawaii, they had eight of their own beers available and four guest beers from other breweries in the islands. I had at least a pint of each of their eight beers in the course of six visits over two weeks - easy and safe to do since we were staying within walking distance. Each beer ranged from good to excellent, but I did not take any tasting notes.
Service is friendly but sometimes a bit slow; this is Hawaii so that isn't unusual.
Selection of beers were good, at the time of our visits they had a pale lager, two pale ales, a red ale, an IPA, a porter with coconut, a dry stout, and a Maibock on tap. A wheat and a pilsner were conditioning.
Food is basically the same Mexican menu that was offered here for years. I can't speak to it's authenticity, but it is decent.
If you are on the Big Island, give this place a try.
07-06-2011 21:24:56 | More by slyke
More User Reviews:
3.86/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | $$
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
4.01/5 rDev -2.9%
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
Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria in Kamuela, HI
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.