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Kona Brewing Co.

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 7,429
Beer Avg: 3.76

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.13%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

75-5629 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua Kona, Hawaii, 96740-1664
United States
phone: (808) 334-2739

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @konabrewingco

Notes:
Kona Brewing Company bottled beer and mainland draft beer is produced on the US West Coast at Widmer Brothers Brewery in Portland, OR, and on the East Coast at Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

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Danimal1101

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Was on vacation with the family for a week in Maui and then hopped over to the big island. My younger brother is only 16 and the parents are not beer drinkers at all. They knew I wanted to go, so we had to stop before we left back for NY. While we waited for our table we signed up for the tour and tasting which I had to do. Only took us about a 5 minute wait before we were sat inside. I had a few samplers and tried everything that you could not get outside the brewery. Food was exceptional and everyone in my family enjoyed their meals. After we ate, we went on the tour and taste which we all enjoyed even though nobody else in the family enjoyed beer. Service and tour guide were very friendly and knowledgeable. Overall we had a great experience and would easily go here again.

06-13-2013 14:27:34 | More by Danimal1101
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eluvah

New York

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Great beer selection. If you are on the Big Island and love craft beer, do yourself a favor and stop in, especially at happy hour. They have a great beer selection. The Coconut Brown Ale is my favorite, but I believe it is seasonal. Food was very good, but was not overpriced for Hawaii.

02-18-2013 20:16:23 | More by eluvah
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

First of all, let me express my disappointment in not making it in time to do the tour. That was on my "absolutely must-do" list while on the Big Island and I missed my chance by about 5 minutes.

In regard to the restaurant which I visited a few times during my stay I would have to say I was very happy. The atmosphere is inviting inside. Feels like a great pub anywhere in the world. Outside is just as nice in the beautiful climate (vog notwithstanding) of Kailua-Kona.

The food was great. I love that they used spent grains in the pizza dough. Slick move. The apps are also great especially the roasted garlic/gorgonzola app. Clever and delicious.

The beers here are fantastic. And they keep a good variety in rotation. I have plenty of their product out and about around the island and I like it so much I jammed a bunch into my suitcase to bring home and share with my MN beer geeks. On thing I really liked about this place was that I could get any beer I wanted as part of my sampler, even the one offs and high ABV offerings. It was great to be able to have a new barley wine and the aged version side by side. And the double IPA was definitely worth going back for. Koko Brown is good and Big Wave is easily the most unsuspecting star of that line up. A really great golden ale that is like Hawaii in a bottle.

If you find yourself in Kona, HI take a moment to thank God for that blessing and then head straight to Kona Brewing for another...

07-14-2012 18:45:04 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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jamex

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

April 2012

Made a point to stopping here during my stay on the Big Island.

Signed up for a tour and while I waited had some Roasted Garlic and bread (good) and the Pawai Pepperoni rolls (friggin' amazing - thought about them the whole trip). Great pizza crust (made from their spent grain). Everyone else was very happy with their food. They luckily had their Bourbon Barrel Aged Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout on tap so I grabbed one. Awesome beer.

The tour was quick and nothing was said out of the ordinary. Afterwards we got to sample some Kona beers and surprisingly they were all draft only beers (very happy about this since all trip I was drinking their standard fare). No real standouts; the lemongrass beer was interesting. Afterwards, filled in the gaps of what I haven't already had - the barleywine was meh and the red ale was just okay.

Service was great and was met with smiles the whole time. Location was easy to get to - but it's not close to the water, in fact the surrounding area isn't really "tropical" - more "small city-like."

Overall, a must stop for any serious beer drinker. Also stopped by Big Island Brewhaus - search for my review there.

04-13-2012 18:26:36 | More by jamex
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Duffman929

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Went on a Friday night and it was pretty packed. Luckily, hit a patch where the wait was just 5 mins for a table. Looked about 15 mins later and the place was swamped.

The outdoor setting is nice and the tables aren't so close that it is uncomfortable. There is an outdoor and indoor bar. Inside has TV's and music playing.

Ordered a flight of beers to try and then the specialty Friday cask release. Was very excited to taste Da Grind Buzz, but wasn't lucky enough to have a specialty batch in the bourbon barrel. Our waiter said that normally he isn't a huge fan of this beer, but the current batch they were serving was the best he'd tasted.

The food was quite good. At least I am trying to use my non-intoxicated glasses. I was hungry to begin with and then drinking a few beers before actual food can do that.

The service wasn't super, but it wasn't poor. I enjoyed the food more than most of the brewpubs I have been to, but I was a bit disappointed by the blandness of the outside area. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't memorable.

The nice part is that they have a stand outside set up to fill growlers, which I bumped up the "selection" area for. Overall, the prices were reasonable for what the island charges to eat.

03-04-2012 13:32:51 | More by Duffman929
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vfgccp

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

A - Midwest wood style brew house with a nice, semi-tropical outdoor seating area. The location is in the middle of an industrial sector, but they do a great job of making it feel secluded.

Q - A mixed bag. Their Imperial Coffee Stout and Mauka Makai were stellar, but their Saison was flat and tasted a bit stale. Their glassware left a lot to be desired. They basically have american tumblers or tulips, and they almost never use their tulips.

Sr - Another mixed bag. I went there twice. The fist time was great, and the server brought over a specialty beer list of brewery-only releases that had a full page of information on 10 some-odd beers; everything form what inspired the beer to where the ingredients were sourced. But the second time the server couldn't seem to care less about us. I asked if she has the specialty list and she said, "oh, sorry we're out of a bunch of those" and then didn't elaborate on exactly what they did or didn't have. I had to order by memory, and it just so happened that they still had the two beers I was looking for.

Sl - An awesome selection of 8 year-rounds, 1 seasonal, and about 6 brewery-only releases.

F - Great food here. They're known for their pizza (think California Pizza Kitchen), but everything I've had on the menu has been top notch. Imho the food is what really puts this place over the top. If you're looking for good food and good beer, this is THE best place to go in the state.

O - The only problem with this place is that it's incredibly popular, and they're bound to have a 3-4 styles kicked at any given time. Also expect 1-2 hour waits Fri-Sun during prime hours.

01-10-2012 06:52:02 | More by vfgccp
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

(Visited 12/2010): Visited Kona during a stop on the big island on our cruise vacation. We walked to the brewpub from one of the stops on a bus tour. Kona is located at the crossroads of Kuakini Highway and Palani Rd. Parking looked to be ample around the facility.

Kona's atmosphere both inside and out is about all you could want in a Hawaiian brewpub. From the gigantic tank in the outdoor waiting area, gift booth, patio, and restaurant inside it is all welcoming and beer-centric. They also offer regular tours as long as you sign up in time at the host stand. The tour is informative and ends with samples. The color scheme inside can best be described as mustard 'n' Tang and there are surfboards and fans.

The beer selection at Kona is solid, from standard offerings to brewpub-exclusive beers. Some of the brews on tap when we visited included Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Sand Porter, Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout, Small Kine Bitter, Big Island Ginger Beer and Old Blowhole Barley Wine. All of Kona's beers are well-made. They also sell bottles like the Oceanic Organic Ale.

Service all around, from the hostess to the gift shop guy to the tour guide to the servers is very good.

Food at Kona is good as well. My wife and I both enjoyed our dishes.

Overall I would highly recommend anyone visiting the Big Island to find a way to visit this brewpub. It is a paradise within a paradise.

07-07-2011 20:45:37 | More by Dogbrick
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fltmedic

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

If I had made it there in time for a tour, it would have been the most outstanding brewery visit of all time. What is not to love about Kona? The atmosphere, the food, the beer and service are all wonderful. My table server had plenty of knowledge to share about the beers in the sampler I ordered and made the time to do so without seeming rushed despite the big dinner crowd. The bar and dinner seating areas are a little tight, but once you settle in, you won't mind joining in the chatter with the table next to you. Maybe it's just the happy-go-lucky locals mingling with the cheery vacationers, but the whole crowd seems to be having a good time here. Dinner was excellent and the flavors are all complimentary to the full of taste beers you will find at Kona. (and it's all just a stone's throw from the gorgeous ocean!)

06-13-2011 18:20:03 | More by fltmedic
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Preismj

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped here on my Honeymoon back in July. Very fun place and a great selection of brews. I went for a sampler. They brought out a place-mat with a little circle for each of their brews and a trail leading from one to the next.

As the sampler came out, they placed them where each belonged. I took down about half of the different beers they had. Each was very good, but my favorite was the Pipeline Porter...by far. I love that flavor of coffee, especially anything with Kona beans.

The music was great...I portly fellow with an acoustic guitar that sounded like a cross with a ukulele. He was doing mash-ups of pop songs from the 'mainland' and it was quite entertaining.

Food was great, place was great, and the company was great. Highly recommend this brew-pub if you're in Oahu.

03-11-2011 14:48:23 | More by Preismj
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped here for lunch and a couple of pints. A little on the 'smooth and polished' side for my tastes, but a friendly place in general that seems to appeal to tourists and locals alike.

The Kona standards we see on the shelves are available, plus a decent variety of draft-only options. Sadly the Castaway IPA wasn't available, but I had a Lavaman Red (pretty tasty) as a consolation prize, and followed up with a Big Wave Golden Ale (shockingly good for the style).

We sat at an outdoor table, where service was friendly and efficient. It was during the lunch rush, so not a lot of time for beery chitchat with the server. Food (sandwiches/fries) was tasty and arrived quickly. Pricing is high by mainland standards but in line with what we saw elsewhere on the Big Island during our trips.

Worth a stop as you're passing through town.

11-26-2010 14:40:03 | More by PDXHops
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Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua Kona, HI
92 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.