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Kona Brewing Co.

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BEER AVG
3.77/5
Based on:
37 Beers
12,005 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 40
Visits: 113
Avg: 4.07
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

75-5629 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua Kona, Hawaii, 96740-1664
United States
phone: (808) 334-2739 | map
www.konabrewingco.com

Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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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Reviews: 40 | Visits: 113
Reviews by vfgccp:
Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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 smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
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 -31.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of CoryR
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of rpenterics
4.56/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of antagonical
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.51/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of ErinGoBraugh
4.73/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TwoBeers
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of sphmiel
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of johnyb
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of HochFliegen
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Sixpoint
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Eziel
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of dshansen1184
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of denver10
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Oidmoe
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Boughner33
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Donco
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of bourassa23
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Kfitch
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua Kona, HI
91 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.