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Kona Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.76/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
37
Reviews:
3,276
Ratings:
12,428
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
91
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
119
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
5.42%
 
 
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0
Bottles/Cans:
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Cask:
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

75-5629 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua Kona, Hawaii, 96740-1664
United States

(808) 334-2739 | map
www.konabrewingco.com

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.

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 119
Reviews by vfgccp:
Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of dbriesemeister
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

On the night we visited, they were out of Kupono Sodas, Root Beer, and Lemonade - our kids were very disappointed. Same laid back vibe as when we've been here before. Solid range of food options. Beer options were good, but they lacked the Lenongrass Luau. Service was OK, but didn't identify the missing options until we had already ordered them!

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! I was expecting more of a tourist spot, but found it be more local with great food and of course, beer. Friendly, relaxed service. We had two of their limited releases (Da Grind Stout and a barlyewine). Both were awesome! Had mostly pu pu's . All of the food was excellent!

We will be back.

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Photo of GreenEggsHam1
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Brewerbach
3.94/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

KONA IS A NICE PLACE, IN THE TOURIST AREA, EASY TO GET TO. ENJOYED THE LEMONGRASS LUAU AS WELL AS THE BLACK SAND PORTER. FOOD WAS GOOD. KID FRIENDLY

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

First, be aware that this place is tricky to get to, one must drive around the block to enter through the back door, so to speak. The complex is intricate: there are growlers to go; brewery tours and the brew pub restaurant. This review is about the latter.

Once you find the place, there's an extensive patio seating area, and given the constant pleasant weather, it's an obvious winner.

We waited ten minutes for a waitress. Once she came by, she was fine but not very knowledgable about the beers. The food was quite good: I recommend the pepperoni bite (or is it, popper) appetizers. On this day, they were part of happy hour at $3.95 for three of them.

There were about twelve beers. Five or six of their regulars and then the rest rotational. It seemed to be a hopping place at 5 p.m. The beer prices were decent but the food prices, like the rest of the island, were high. If you are in Kailua Kona, I'd make a stop.

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Photo of SaveWaterDrinkBeers
2.8/5  rDev -31%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of CoryR
5/5  rDev +23.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of rpenterics
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of antagonical
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of ErinGoBraugh
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TwoBeers
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of sphmiel
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The big one on the Big Island. Finding the parking lot entrance is a challenge (hint – it is off what looks like an industrial drive), but once there, nice outdoor and indoor seating. All of their year round beers, as well as number of the seasonals, were on draught. Solid picks were the Lemongrass Lu’au (golden ale with a touch of ginger), the Kua IPA, and the Paddleboard Saison. Food was very good, with a wonderful shrimp-artichoke-spinach flatbread appetizer, and then a solid pizza. Service was great, although no mixed drinks and limited wine selection may discourage the non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of johnyb
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of HochFliegen
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Sixpoint
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Eziel
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of dshansen1184
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of denver10
4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua Kona, HI
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.