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Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria

Not Rated.
Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco TaqueriaBig Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria
Based on:
23 Beers
356 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 15
Visits: 28
Avg: 4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 12
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

Place added by: slyke on 07-04-2011

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Reviews: 15 | Visits: 28
Reviews by slyke:
Photo of slyke
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice patio seating but it's next to a busy two lane highway. The vibe is "all are welcome". I see elderly, surfer dudes, families, etc. Everyone is ordering lunch (and a beer). If note, they try to use local ingredients wherever possible, including grass fed Hawaiian beef.

I ordered a flat iron steak and could not tell the difference, but then again it was lathered in a strong vinegar sauce. My wife's fish tacos were superb, perhaps the best I've ever had. So, one hit and one miss.

The beers were varied, although there were no wheat offerings. Mostly pale ales and their derivatives. The beers were also quite varied.

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Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.88/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We stumbled upon Big Island Brewhaus while exploring the island. The reviews we found mixed but we decided to give it a shot and we were glad we did. The food was excellent. We tried the fish tacos, the wanton tacos, the kung pao macadamia nuts and a fish tostada special. All of it was excellent. The atmosphere was casual and laid back. The parking was a bit limited, but we called the brewery for instructions on where else we could park. My only knock on this place was our waitress... she disappeared a lot, spent a lot of time flirting with the locals... we may have ate & drank more if she was more attentive.

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Photo of ErinGoBraugh
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Coon_Hopster
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.44/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beerparrot
4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

They had a good crowd and we still were seated fairly fast. It didn't take long to get our beers and food came equally quick. Portions of the fish taco were small, but very good. The burger my friend had was huge with lots of fries. Overall a good experience other than our DD wanted a hot tea and there was no tea or coffee available. Beers are awesome.

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Photo of AnitaRSmith
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dbriesemeister
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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).

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Photo of human24
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of pod4ski
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of ejb8910
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of jamex
3.08/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Big Island Brewhaus & Tako Taco Taqueria in Kamuela, HI
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.