Maui Brewing Co. Brewpub

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3.81/5
Maui Brewing Co. BrewpubMaui Brewing Co. Brewpub
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4405 Honoapiilani Hwy
Ste 217
Lahaina, Hawaii, 96761-9272
United States

(808) 669-3474 | map
mauibrewingco.com

Notes:
Original location, up to 8 microbrews on tap. Located in the Kahana Gateway Center, a few miles north of Kaanapali Beach.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2005

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90
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Avg:
4.03
pDev:
4.47%
 
 
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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of MoJoeB
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Maui Brewing has some tasty beers, so I made it a point to stop by here when on vacation. The first thing that struck me was just how vast their beer selection was. I had tried some of their beer they distribute in the past, but was blown away by all of the different beers they had on tap.

The atmosphere was decent, although nothing spectacular (the brewpub is in a strip mall) it felt like any other brewpub you would go to, definitely a family environment. The service was good and the food was actually quite good as well. Prices were reasonable, especially considering how expensive Hawaii can be.

I would recommend anyone who loves beer to stop by the Maui Brewing pub when you are on Maui!

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Photo of Jodawn
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great service and really good food. That said, go for the beer. Fresh Maui brews and other microbrews are great.

Empty kegs serve as light fixtures. Pretty cool. Lots of beer take home options too!

Pizza and wings were excellent. But they offer more "sophisticated" fare. Will try those next visit.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is in Kahana on the West side of Maui. Easy to find in the Kahana Gateway shopping center.

We went for lunch and there was a sparse crowd. Also went for a late night snack and the crowd picked up when the band started [nice prices at after 10 p.m.]Very nice interior. Lots of wood. Nice horseshoe bar, open kitchen, and three TV's. I suspect that it is fancier for dinner as the other rooms we saw were much more sedate.
There were about 10 beers on tap. They have nice 3 oz. samplers with either 6 or 10 beers. I had the following:
Bikini blonde lager [4%, 16 IBU]
Primo Pilsner [4.5, 30]
Maui Pale Ale [5.5, 45]
Tropo Lilikoi Ale [4.5, 18]
Wild Hog Stout [6, 38]
Dark Knight Lager [5%]
Belgian Wheat [4%]
Belgian Abbey Ale [9, 25]
Big Swell IPA [6.3, 57]
Overall, I was pretty impressed. I'm usually wary of brewpubs, but their beers were consistently good. Very respectable.

The food was also good. Most appetizers were $6-14 [e.g. chicken wings, shrimp, calamari, mussels, sashimi]. Also soups & salads. Entrees were around $8-14 [Lasagna, Fish & chips, Ribs, Chicken, Reuben, Oyster po boy, Bratwurst, Cajun Crab cakes].
We had calamari, French dip and Fish oysters with chips. Food was consistently good, thought the oysters were too salty.
Service was excellent. Very friendly and attentive.
We spent $45 with tip/tax for two. Dinner looks rather expensive. I will definitely go try and go back before leaving Maui. I highly recommend this place.

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4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of windkook87
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place. The frosted bar top is awesome. Beer gets colder as you drink it. Sliders and fries are tasty. The staff is super friendly. Always a pretty decent selection of beers.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

visited on 6/3/03 (fri. night, 8:30 pm)

we went directly to fish & game after a luau, so we had no room at all for food. in fact, we had very little room for beer even, so we split 10 samples. sample sizes were the same as in other brewpubs (about 4 oz?), and the cost was just $1 per sample. the cost seemed very reasonable, given the fact that we were just having samples anyway, and that the beers were good.

classy interior. more brewpub-ian than hawaiian. spacious. very clean. "masculine" (???). not very crowded. lots of room at horseshoe shaped bar near the rear.

we were served by one bartender. he brought us our first 6 samples immediately. as we finished those up, he indulged us with samples of the other 4 beers and was careful to note which beers were which and gave short descriptions of a few of them. very friendly and courteous. we didn't spend much money since we were just sampling, but the bartender gave us all the attention we needed. he seemed to know a few others at the bar as regulars, and engaged another tourist couple in friendly conversation.

there were 10 beers in all. let's see if i can remember:
stout (pumped w/ nitro), golden ale, pilsner, lager, pale ale, hefeweizen, passionfruit ale, maibock, ipa, bitter.

the stout was of good quality and seemed quite similar to guinness in body and flavor (maybe it was the nitro?). i'm not a big fan of regular golden ales, pilsners, and lagers, but these were also of solid quality. i remember one of them having a surprisingly citrusy flavor, and not the type i usually get from hops. i think it was the lager. the pale ale was definitely their best beer. it had a pretty bold cascade hop flavor and could almost be called an IPA. it was big on the floral/citrus but not so much on the bitter. it tasted very fresh. in fact, all the beers seemed very fresh. i didn't see tapping dates, but i didn't care too much since the beers simply tasted fresh. it seems as though they care for their beers well. the maibock was less malty than i expected, the IPA less hoppy, and the bitter less bitter. the hefeweizen was much tastier than the american wheats i've tasted at other brewpubs. very chewy, banana, yeasty flavor. the passionfruit ale was a pleasant surprise. i was expected something like fruit flavored seltzer (based on fruit beer experiences at other brewpubs), but this seemed like their golden ale blended or fermented with passionfruit juice. the amount of passionfruit flavor was just right.

didn't give the food a try and didn't look at a menu either, but you can probably take a good guess as to the type of food served.

i was looking forward to going here before i even got to maui. next time in maui, i'd definitely go back for more of the pale ale, hefeweizen, and passionfruit ale. if you're over in the lahaina/west maui region, definitely stop in. you can see it from hwy 30, so it's real easy to get to.

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4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We tried this restaurant/brewpub for dinner our second night in Maui. The name has actually changed to Maui Brewing Co., as mentioned in a previous review.

Everything was really good, the food, the service, the beers, everything expect the price. This is the most expensive brewpub I've ever tried. But it's best to look at this as a high-end restaurant for a date with the wife, scoring you points while you selfishly slam some awesome beers. The selection was really good:
Belgian Abbey (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)
Red Cock Dopplebock
Maui Pale Ale
Coconut Porter
Big Swell IPA
Double Overhead DIPA
Wild Hog Stout
Penguin XX Imperial Stout
and 4 more I can't remember.

Everything was good, and we bought a growler so we can re-fill periodically while were on the island. They sell lots of merchandise, but it's overpriced as well, maybe because they have to ship from the mainland.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of rdrummer
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had no idea what to expect from this place. The location used to house a restaurant that locals told me was awful. I arrived for the first time at noon on a Sunday. The place was, as expected, not crowded. It was sparkling clean. The bar is a large oval with an ice rail that keeps drinks cold while you drink them. This is kind of odd for a brewpub, but is good for water, wine, and mixed drinks.

There were 12 Maui brews on tap and three guest taps. There was a nice assortment of beer from a light summer lager to smoked rye IPA. Most of the beers were on the light side, which isn't bad given the climate, but the Old Chinwig Strong Ale and Red Cock Dopplebock were lusty. The guest taps included Pizza Port Big Wednesday Belgian IPA. The other two were from a Colorado brewer I was unfamiliar with and one more.

The food was equal to the beer or surpassed it. The Maui onion soup was great. The steamers were some of the best I've eaten. My wife loved the salads and the slider. I devoured the bratwurst, which was better than I thought possible on Maui.

We loved the place enough to go back a couple days later. The only thing that changed was the daily special, the bartender, and a few different brews. The place delivered again.

Given the state of beer selection on Maui, this place is a must stop.

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Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've tryed this place numerous times, most recently 26 July 06. There was usally at least 6 beers on offer, on maui that's all you can ask. Beers tend to run to the lighter side of the the specrum, but in Hawaii, a huge hop monster will not satisfy 99.8% of the customers.

The Big Wave PA , Maibock& Stout were easily the best.

The food & service were always great to stellar. This is not a a place for the backpack traveler. Fish will set you back $24-36 in the evening now. Great smoked chicken& ribs. Great sports memorabilia in the bar, the resteraunt is & was always too stuffy for me. Go at lunch to try the food & a great shot a who know's what on tap. Great looking/pricey growlers!

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Photo of CJNAPS
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The vibe was chill but then again it's Hawaii so.....The coco porter was good stuff and when I was there they had a beer called Freight train IPA California style and it surprised me, it was pretty good.

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Photo of beelzebubbles
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went twice in Jan. 2011.

Our first visit was really good. We had a great waitress who was very attentive. They had a couple of guest beers (Sierra Nevada Reserve and something from Pizza Port). But I decided to stick to ones from Maui brewing company.

They had a good selection of tap beers. The ones normally seen in cans were on tap (big swell IPA, CoCoNut porter, bikini blond). In addition they had a range of other styles to choose from. -- a couple of wheat beers made with fruit, a pilsner, Ode to Carol Belgian ale, Santa's little helper, and Lorenzini 6th Sense IPA (an IPA jointly made with Pizza Port). Plus another 4 or 5 taps that I don't remember.

The food is mostly the kind of things you find in brew pubs. (Sandwiches, pizza) What we had wasn't bad.

We went back a second night, and it wasn't as good the second time. This time our waiter was a no show for the first 10 minutes or so. Eventually another waiter came over and took our drink orders, saying our waiter was busy or something. Eventually our waiter materialized. After that the service got a little better, but it was a little lacking.

Maui isn't known for a lot of variety beer-wise. This was the best place we found. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the West Maui area.

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Photo of BretP
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I only heard bad or so-so things about this place before I went but I have loved their beer since trying it and have been meaning to make it out there for a year.

When I arrived I was amazed at the list of beers available and the menu. The interior looks clean and grand with a huge bar with one of those cute ice rail things. It never really got that crowded although it definitely has the capacity to fit a lot of people. The brewing equipment on the site is used to make beer the restaurant only. I was hoping to go there at a time to see it in action, because it's all visible, but I wasn't that lucky.

Their beers included Bikini Blonde, Coconut Porter, and Big Swell IPA of course. Also 9 other really good ones. I'm sure they're all visible on the web site.

Awesome job.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Don't be turned off by the location in a little strip mall north of Kaanapali. I stopped in with my new wife for a couple of beers and a snack. The updated inside has that urban/industrial/warehouse look that belies the pub's location. Service was friendly, but when isn't it on the islands?

I was impressed with the selection. Beyond the ubiquitous Coconut Porter and lighter beers for the tourists, they probably had about 15 beers on tap, including a stout and a tasty double IPA. You can get samplers of various sizes, depending on how many beers you want to try. In addition to their own stuff, there were three guest taps: Chimay, SN Harvest and SN 30th Anniv Helles Bock.

The nachos were very good and way too big for the two of us to finish. There are plenty of tables but we sat at the bar, which allowed us to keep our glasses cold on the frosty sheet of ice around the bar. There are numerous TVs, which is unusual for places in Maui. Definitely stop by if you're north of Lahaina.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Topher78
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A great place to grab a bite and a pint. 15+ taps and lots of new beers to try. Food is great pub food and is reasonably priced. A place you can bring the whole family or go out with your buddies for a drink. Love the use of old kegs as lights and decorations.

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Maui Brewing Co. Brewpub in Lahaina, HI
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