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Kona Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.97%
Active Beers: 34
Beer Ratings: 9,067
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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4/5  rDev -2%

ViragS, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Ege, Jul 09, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

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. There 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.

John_M, Jul 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

juicebox, Jul 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Friskykipper, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

harripat, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jstevep00, Jun 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Getalegup, Jun 17, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

jerefreakinmiah, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

TX-Badger, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Burry, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Skunkdrool, Jun 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

dradair, Jun 05, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

Beer21, May 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Keith_R, Apr 14, 2014
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CWVegas, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Rosstheboss, Feb 19, 2014
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Gobzilla, Feb 07, 2014
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Griffith, Jan 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

SunnysideLilStore, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Mstezano, Jan 02, 2014
Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua Kona, HI
91 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.