Waimea Brewing Company
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Reviews by ccrida:
4.53/5 rDev +28.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Popped in for a pint after a long hike through the waimea canyon (I highly recommend the ditch trail in particular, with the side hike out on the ridge into the canyon about mid-way through). The Captain Cook IPA had just been tapped the night before and was super good, I was really impressed. I don't think I saw a single person in Kauai drinking anything but fizzy yellow beer so I didn't have high expectations for their IPA, but the brewer really knows what he's doing. Really reminded me of on of my favorites from home, HUB's. My wife got some kind of fruity cocktail that the bartender said he had just invented as part of some program where once a month the showcase a new cocktail, and asked for her feed back. She really loved it. In general he was nice, fairly humble (he only revealed this mis-way through the drink, and was obviously looking for honest feedback, not bragging about his creation or anything), and attentive. We ordered at the bar and then said we'd like to sit out back. He later walked back there to bring our tab, as well as the t-shirt I wanted, which was beyond what he needed to do, I certainly would have walked back up myself.
The atmosphere was typical open air Hawaiian style, a nice big plantation house or whatever this building was. We went on the back porch and sat in rockers soaking up the view of the lawn / garden and distant ocean. I wanted to stay and have more beer but the wife was hungry and wanted to eat somewhere else. Their menu was very small, good looking dishes but only a few. That might have been the bar only menu though, I'm not sure. I really wanted to come back here later in the trip but it never worked out. Will definitely do so when we return though.
05-21-2010 23:03:51 | More by ccrida
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3.75/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Located on an amazing plantation site, with a nice open feel to it. Sadly when we got there the front veranda was full and the rear was booked for a private tour group.
Service was a bit slow, though in fairness our server was also having to serve the private tour group. As a plus, he did introduce us to the brewmaster.
Selection, both of beer and food was fairly wide. There should be something for everyone. A few of the beers were not available, though the porter was temporarily replaced by what I believe was an oatmeal stout (it wasn't on the menu, and is very new).
Food was good, but I had a grilled cheese sandwich which is pretty hard to screw up. Some of the items were a bit on the expensive side, but hey, so is the rest of Hawaii.
02-10-2011 06:01:23 | More by BDTyre
3.63/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited last night with my wife and friends. Located on an old plantation containing cabins you can stay in this brewpub is not too far from any thing.
Walking in it has a island vibe but not a beach vibe. They had about seven house beers on tap. I tried the IPA,brown,red,;orter, and the lililikoi ale. All were good with the red,lilikoi, and the porter being our favorities.
I had the kalua pork sandwhich which was good and my wiife had the catch of the day which she enjoyed.
The service was disjointed and slow. I thought the prices were decent and would go back again.
01-10-2011 17:03:06 | More by bradybeer
2.85/5 rDev -19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
Life just seems better in Kauai. If this place was on the mainland, I probably would have given it all 1's. The beer, what they had of it, was not good. I honestly believe they had only 3 beers avaliable when I went. It was very weak.
The food was decent. The service was friendly and timely, but how hard is that when my wife and I were the only ones in the dining room.
The atmosphere is the saving grace. I mean, c'mon, you're in freaking Kauai. And I'm not talking Hawaii, I'm talking Kauai. For those that have been to all the islands, you know how superior Kauai is. The restaurant is on an old plantation, not too far from the canyon. It is beautiful.
So if you are on Kauai and you want to check out a brewpub, you're in luck, there is one on the island! So enjoy, and have a wonderful time with someone you love, just don't ruin your time by having high expectations.
10-14-2010 04:37:35 | More by Czap
4.22/5 rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I popped in for a superb dinner after a delightful afternoon viewing Wiamea Canyon.
Let's start with the beer:
I had their Cane Fire Red ale 1st. Average red ale; a little one-dimensional with the hops and had a lighter mouthfeel than I prefer. (For the record, I generally hold North Coast's Red Seal Ale as my standard for comparison in this category.) C+
My 2nd beer was the Captain Cook IPA. Better than the red ale, but still a little heavy on the hops without a solid malt compliment. I give it a B.
My wife had their mojito which was very good. They used loads of fresh mint grown right on the property. Give it an A.
For our meals, we had the grilled ahi, grilled swordfish and sweet potato fries. Food was excellent all the way around. A
Beers were $5.50
Cocktail was $7
Sweet potato fries - $3.50
Grilled fish entree - $13.95 each... GREAT VALUE!
Atmosphere was top-notch, as was the waitstaff. I would definitely make a return trip. The beer is good, but nothing spectacular that I'd go out of my way for. As a restaurant, it's quite good.
05-08-2010 07:59:09 | More by lpteague
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Stopped by here after visiting Waimea Canyon and the Napali Coast (really beautiful). The location of this place makes it worth a stop if you're in the northern part of Kauai either way; after leaving the mountains it's along the road, on an old plantation site. There are (obviously) trees everywhere, and there is a beach with red dirt sand about 200 yards through the plantation.
The place itself is airy, smells great and was not too crowded at 4PM on a Sunday. There were some locals drinking at the bar, but I sat at a table. Mostly they had light ales and lagers, although there were out of their IPA, so I got the Pakala Porter, which was really good, and just tried the rest of them in smaller glasses. They were all OK, not stuff that I'd want all the time, except the porter which was excellent.
The waitress was really nice and checked up on me a couple of times, and answered every question I had, although she didn't know much about the beer. I didn't eat anything, but the people next to me were raving to me about the food so it must at least appeal to some people, although I didn't rate it. Anyway I didn't see any stray cats or bugs, although I was there in the middle of March and it was a little chilly in Kauai.
So overall I really liked it here, and it is worth a trip just to say that you were there. Check out the plantation huts, the trees, the beach, and then get some beer. It's really a very nice afternoon!
03-15-2009 15:26:13 | More by rasta16ry
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
2.95/5 rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by here after heading down out of the canyon. Cannot complain about the setting really... quit beautiful ex-plantation along the southern coast. The beer list was 6/7 options of which only 3/4 were actually available. Had two pints (one a golden ale, the other a pale ale) that were neither good nor bad. Food is typical pub food (for Hawaii...). Didn't get everything we ordered but no problems getting the bill straightened out. All in all a pretty average place. Just watch out for the stray cats trying to steal some of you food.
01-08-2009 01:59:20 | More by VitBAficionado
2.9/5 rDev -17.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The beer is not bad ... but nothing special. Had 3-4 other Hawaiian breweries' beer on the trip that were superior. Waimea BC doesn't make any beers that are unique or uniquely Hawaiian.
The place smells pretty bad and was infested with flies on the September day that we were there.
The staff was pretty nice but didn't have much interest in recommending things.
Had the fish and chips and it was decent, but nothing to seek out.
It wasn't a total letdown, but definitely one of the most depressing brewpubs I've been to. And that is quite and accomplishment since it is in Kauai!
12-17-2008 20:29:36 | More by TrevorGW
4/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited here in early June before departing back to the mainland.
Atmosphere was nice, open aired restaurant. It is set on an old sugar plantation about a quarter mile from the ocean. Bar was encased in a palapa style "relief". Quality was good, beer was pretty good and the food very good. Service was good, was mostly empty when we first went in but quickly filled. Our server was still able to stay attentive. Selection of styles of beer was good, i believe there were 7-8 taps. Food selection was limited but what we had was very good. It was a bit pricey but again this is coming from a mainlander. Definitely worth a stop if on the southside of Kauai.
06-22-2008 23:50:13 | More by arizcards
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Just got back from this place, the Westernmost US Brewery.
I gave it a 5 for atmospehere because the location is FANTASTIC. It is set in an amazing building on a sugar plantation by the ocean, and one HAS to walk around the plantation grounds with a beer in hand to experience what I'm referring to...
I had two beers here (Westside wheat, Na Pali Pale) and wasn't generally impressed with either. The wheat beer was very weak and I wouldn't recommend it. The Pale was significantly better, and while it was drinkable, it just wouldn't stand up to a hoppy ale on the mainland. I'm also a hop freak, so a little biased.
The service absolutely sucks, so I'd go with low expectations and plenty of time on hand. However, the food is very good and the VOLCANO sauce is a must-try. Burgers and fries were ordered...and consumed with a lot of enjoyment.
Combine with a visit to the canyon.
12-21-2007 17:17:09 | More by Guinness3000
Waimea Brewing Company in Waimea, HI
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