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BEER AVG
3.76/5
Based on:
35 Beers
3,074 Reviews
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 38
Visits: 104
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: n/a
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Cask: N
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[ 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

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Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

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.
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Photo of Boughner33
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great place to have lunch and a fight of beers. It is walking distance from the dock, but it is an uphill climb and no sidewalks in some areas so you need to cut through a parking lot. Good ambience and good food. The souvenirs are expensive. (243 characters)

Photo of Donco
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

If you have the chance to visit the Big Island, make a stop at Kona Brewing's brewery/restaurant. Excellent outdoor seating among palm trees. Nighttime sitting outdoors with a brew and one of their pizzas or other goodies, while sipping one of their fresh ales is paradise! (273 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Missed the brewery tour the one day I stopped in. Just ate so didn't eat in the ajacent restaurant. Did drink a few pints at the beer garden. Very well set up. Pints were tasty and conveniently got a growler to go. (215 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Located no more than a mile from the pier in Kona, as it so happened, this pub was located right next to our car rental pick-up as well. Talk about convenient!

Like Maui BP, Kona BP has a decided beach side, surfs up atmosphere and vibe to it. There is a very large outdoor dining area, with a good size indoor dining room area as well. Add to that a sizeable wrap around bar, and you would think it would be no problem finding a spot to perch on a warm, Wednesday afternoon. Well think again... even at 1:30, this place was packed, with a 10 to 15 minute wait to get a table (the bar area was completely packed).

As for the beer, i've never been a huge fan of the core line-up, and those beers (big wave, the fire rock pale ale, castaway IPA, longboard lager, etc.) were no better at the "source." Yet on the other hand, Kona had a number of limited release, and/or seasonals that were quite good, and completely surprised me. Their version of a CDA (black sand lager I think), was qjute good, and they had on a pale ale (name began with a D) that was dry, hoppy, and flat out delicious. The hefeweizen was also quite good, and they also had an special IPA that was quite good (might have been the Ohi). So my quality score is based on those beers (I was so unhappy with the glass of Castaway i got on our cruise ship, that I dumped it, even after paying $10 for a 22 ounce glass).

Food was also OK. We got the crab cakes and an artichoke dip that were both pretty tasty. Prices were on the high side, but again, given that this is Hawaii, and that a lot of the ingredients served at the pub aren't readily available on the islands, I didn't think they were outrageous.

Couple of other things to mention. One thing I appreciated, is that they had a small growler shack out front of the pub (sort of like the DFH store in Rehoboth Beach). I also got a cap here (at $25 a pop), and unlike most places, the cap I got was not adjustable. I have a fairly large head, and so the 6 and 7/8 to 7 and a quarter size hat barrely fit me. Something to keep in mind if you decide to do the same (as the caps are kind of cool). Be sure to verify that they have your cap size before buying one.

All and all, I enjoyed our stop here. Not sure I quite understand the massive crowd (unlike most breweries in Hawaii, Kona beers are generally pretty easy to find around the islands), but regardless. The speciality beers were pretty good, and the food was decent. I'd likely go back. (2,470 characters)

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Here on a vacation with the whole family.

Relaxed atmosphere with fairly knowledgeable servers. Too early for the tour 10:30 and 3:00). Easy to find with plenty if parking.

BBQ pulled pork tacos were pretty good, but a but pricey. Pints weren't too bad at $6 each; flights were a bit expensive at $9, especially considering that there weren't any high gravity offerings.

Still pleased with beers. Was able to get some stuff not available on the mainland. (458 characters)

Photo of Beer21
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I visited Kona Brewing Company on the big island of Hawaii for the second time. We did the tour prior to lunch. The tour was ok but nothing special. Our tour guide was very entertaining but you don't get to see too much of the brewery itself. Basically they take you into the brewing/fermenting room and then into the cold storage building. The fermenters were bubbling away and they were actively brewing...so that was great to see.

The atmosphere of the brewpub is very touristy. Not too many locals. They have a big outside seating area with a small shop. We had lunch and a flight of beers. The service was pretty good, but average for a restaurant...nothing special. The selection of beers is excellent with not too many brewpub only brews.

The food is above average. Overall I would recommend visiting here if you are in the Kona area. Personally I like the atmosphere of Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea better, but there food isn't as good. The beer is as good or better. (978 characters)

Photo of Danimal1101
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of eluvah
4.58/5  rDev +12%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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... (1,456 characters)

Photo of jamex
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of Duffman929
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,634 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,409 characters)

Photo of fltmedic
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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!) (827 characters)

Photo of Preismj
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of BigB415
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

First time being here and first time bring in Hawaii in 15 years so I was really looking forward to this. Their menu all have things that sound great so it was hard to decide. The beer wasn't hard to decide though since I can get a few of their year round beers where I live in california. I got one of the draft only beers, the black sands porter and it was great. I did the tour which was also a lot of fun and I tasted the pipeline porter which is part of the tasting at the end. At the brewery you can taste the kona coffee but back home I can't really. If you're in kona go here it is a lot of fun and do the tour it's free! (629 characters)

Photo of irishevans
2.54/5  rDev -37.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

A- Laid back, easy to find a seat, not too loud. mind you this was like an hour and a half from closing. Locals weren't overly friendly, but not rude either, kept to themselves. a very relaxed place to have a pint.

Q-the beer isn't great. they do have one or two decent brews on tap at any one time, but the majority are fat from the best. not so horrible as to not be able to finish though.

S-the bartender was super nice, and let us taste our whole way through the tap menu until we found something at no charge. but as soon as the clock was within 25-30 minuets away from closing time, he made VERY sure everyone there to drink was aware it was time to get ready to move. fakeness never wins me over, but i'll accept it where it benefits me.

S- not a very vast beer menu for a brew pub, and of what's there two or three are just minor tweaks to the year round recipes. like i said above though, if your patient, or lucky there are one or two there that will be good, but you have to look.

V-A bit over priced for the beer, can't speak for the food. but what do you expect from the only brewpub on that side of the big island, and in the middle of the major tourist town of the big island also.

worth a stop if your in Kailua , it at least has a nice mellow atmosphere, and the food sounded good (had to peak at the menu). to sum it all up it is to hawaii, what the Moose's tooth is to Alaska, but the beer isn't as good. (1,431 characters)

Photo of coachdonovan
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Man, this place is hard to find. Even when you know where it is, the location isn't all that easy to spot from either Kuakini or Palani. We walked there from "downtown" Kailua and had to ask for directions twice even though it was just a half mile.

There is seating outside and inside, and we opted for inside since there was no wait. Atmosphere is fine but nothing unique. I started with the sampler, for which you can pick your four beers. I went with the Castaway IPA, Lavaman Red Ale and the two porters, Black Sand and Pipeline, since many of the other Kona beers are easy to find at bars around the island. As the bartender said it would be, the Black Sand was definitely the best of the four.

The place is known for its pizza, so my wife and I ordered the pizza of the week. The waitress even confirmed with us that we wanted the pizza with the habaneros. "Sure, we can handle it." Holy smokes that pizza was hot. The wife gave up after one slice and ordered two slices of regular pepperoni. I soldiered on but couldn't get much further.

We had a great time despite our overly aggressive ordering, and although the location of the pub isn't all that scenic, it was nice to get away from the main drag of tourist spots. (1,228 characters)

Photo of NickH44
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I married my wife on the Big Island, and have returned since. We're from Washington State and some of their beers are available here. The ones that are are ok. nothing to write home about really, but what you get at the brewery is a different story. We've had a deliciously sweet and refreshing organic saison, and a Belgian strong ale that could hold its own with Duvel.

Seems to be another example of a brewery that has some bill-paying easily accessible ales for the masses that provide them the opportunity to brew high quality big-concept beers for the rest of us.

The food is ok. Good enough, but not good. The pizzas were the best of what we had.

The atmosphere is 50/50. You're outdoors, in Hawaii and it's in the mid-eighties which, as a Washingtonian, is really nice. But there's no view and you're kinda boxed in by plants and fences.

Overall, it's kinda the foremost beer spot on the island, and probably in all of Hawaii. Any beer lover will enjoy sampling their brews. The Big Island is a bit of a secret beer lover's paradise, with three breweries and an up and coming brew pub (The Tako Taco) up north that features the other islands' breweries. (1,168 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here with my family on our last night on the Big Island. I'm so, so happy we did! We ended up taking the 3:00pm tour and staying for drinks and dinner afterward.

Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua-Kona is a very small operation. According to our tour guide, Jesse, they only brew 11,000 barrels each year, and they only bottle (by hand) one of those beers: Oceanic Organic. All of the Kona available on the mainland is contract brewed by Widmer Brother Brewing Company in Portland, OR and Redhook Ales Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. I learned these little tidbits along with loads of other interesting facts during the brewery tour, which I highly recommend!

After enjoying our complimentary beer samples (handed out at the end of the tour), we picked out a table on the outdoor patio and ordered a round. As luck would have it, they were pouring an experimental batch of their imperial stout: Bourbon Barrel Aged Da Grind Buzz Kona Coffee Imperial Stout with Vanilla Bean, served on nitro-tap. I couldn't believe it! (I wouldn't have known either, if it weren't for our wonderful server - I believe his name was Shane.) Sitting out on the patio was very relaxing, especially when it began to sprinkle. Our large table was shielded by an even larger umbrella, so none of us got wet. Kona Brewing Co.'s interior felt a bit cramped, but the patio was spaced out very nicely.

Our server was very nice and informative, and not too bothersome or slow. All or our beers were beautifully poured, and arrived in either (non-chilled) pint glasses or tulips, depending on the style.

I was quite impressed by Kona Brewing Co.'s beer selection, which included at least fifteen different ales and lagers, including some real specialties like '09 Old Blowhole and the aforementioned Bourbon Barrel Aged Da Grind Buzz with Vanilla Bean. According to our tour guide, Jesse, all of Kona's stouts are served on nitro-tap, and cask versions of select ales are offered several times a month.

We ended up ordering a couple of pizzas, some salads, and cheese bread, all of which were decent. Pizza, burgers, and sandwiches made up the bulk of the menu - pretty standard pub grub.

The tour, the beer, and the service made this an excellent visit, but the low prices made things even better. $5.28 for a 12oz. tulip of BA Da Grind Buzz, '09 Old Blowhole, and Oceanic Organic; $4.80 for most other pints; $3.60 for the special of the night: Coco Loco Brown Ale. This is a fantastic brewpub, and a must for anyone spending significant time on the Big Island! (2,537 characters)

Photo of pwoody11
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Just returned from the Big Island from my honeymoon and stopped here 3 times in 7 day stay. Ate two the trips. Our first day on the island we decided to take a tour of the brewery at 1030am and then hang around for lunch afterwards.

There were about 8 people on the tour. The tour guide referred to himself as brewery manager I believe. He seemed to be very knowledgeable about brewing. From what I gathered, he grew up NY and homebrewed and was able to land the job there with only his HB experience, which was cool. The only knock I had was he spoke really fast and the pace of the tour was a little quick. There was a few Japanese people with us, and I'm pretty sure they had no clue what was going on. They spoke English, but it was so fast, I don't think they fully understood.

I was somewhat surprised to find out the Kona beer I buy at home is actually brewed in Portsmouth, and if you're on the west coast, it comes from Portland. The tour guide said Kona was in the top 10 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and most in the top 10 don't brew their beer at a single location. Not sure to the validity of that statement.

Long story short..lol... the tour ended with a flight of beer. Free tour and Free Flight, can't really knock that.

Food was good. Many of the items on the menu are made using spent grain. The pizza is the big draw, but I never tried it. The waiter was ok. He had no clue what was on tap, so I had to walk over to the chalkboard for the tap list to order my beer. Which ended up not being up to date and they were out of three of the beers on the board.

They have a growler station outside the the brewpub which was convenient. I hit that up one night.

Most of the seating is outside, which is where I would assume most would want to sit in the beautiful weather anyway.

One night we went they had a cool band playing covers Hawaiian style. Good Times.

Must do if you're on the big island! (1,926 characters)

Photo of bradybeer
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been waiting a long time to visit this BP. Located a shortish walk from downtown Kona behind a strip mall. Walking into the pub a growler/keg shack is located to the left of the host stand-this is where you can buy a growler of keg without going into the pub-great concept. Seating is located mostly outdoors under umbrellas with a few tables inside-but hey this is Kona why sit inside?

On tap were 12 beers or so-including the regular beers available on the mainland with several pub only seasonals, including a Saisson (organic), Barley Wine (in June!), and old ale.

Our car rental travel guide included a coupon for a free ap with purchase of sampler-no brainer. Our sampler consisted of two porters, two wheats, IPA, gold, and lager. Other folks who bought samplers only got 4-5 beers-lucky us.

We followed the sampler with pints of the IPA, Hefe, Wheat, Lava Rock Porter, then glasses of Saisson, and barley wine. All beers where outstanding especially the Barley Wine-nice to have in June. A second trip to KBC the night before our return home found the Barley Wine gone-but replaced with a Bourbon-Barrel Aged Old Ale-also excellent.

Food was excellent-pizza and salad.

Service was excellent. Don't know if we will ever get back-but if I do I am heading here straight off the plane.

There is KBC in Honolulu airport as well.

Be on the lookout for the mongoose-no you are not drunk if you see one-they live on the brewery grounds. (1,444 characters)

Photo of dippy
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

You can't beat the atmosphere. You are in Hawaii. There were about 14 tables outside and another 10 inside not counting the seating aailable at the bar.

My wife and I went early as we were still adjusting to the time change. I chose to have the sampler to help me fine tune my next choice.
Good beers all around.

Pretty basic fare here. Burgers, Pizza and other pub fare. We clipped a coupon to have some free garlic twists with the purchase of a sampler (I could live off deals like this)
I had a pizza special which was out of this world. Lots of meat with a cajun sauce.

The service was friendly and fast. Everyone seemed to be in a great mood which isn't easy when you are serving tourists 24 hours a day.

I would have come back here every day but the hotel was too far away. Fun pub. Go if you get the chance. (821 characters)

Photo of rgrholmes168
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hit this place on my vacation to the Big Island. We went three times and ate two of those times.
The food menu was pretty limited in my opinion, if you are a meal lover, you will be very disappointed. The pork sandwich was outstanding, but I ordered a calzone the next time which was very disappointing. I should have known better.
The beer is great. If you don't like the Kona beers, good luck finding anything to drink on Kona. The Castaway IPA was by far our favorite and I would highly recommend it. We also took home growlers of the wheat.
While you are there, you can get on a tour of the brewery and I did have a good time, but you didn't see much. The guide was pretty informative and will answer all of your questions. I did not know that the original owners were a father-son team that began the brewery out of a home brewing kit, five gallons at a time. It gives all of us home brewers hope! (903 characters)

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Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua Kona, HI
91 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.