Maui Brewing Co. Brewpub

BEER AVG
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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71
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39
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
4.47%
 
 
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Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Located in a small shopping mall just north of Lahaina, the brewpub is a surprising good size pub with a sizeable wrap around bar in the middle. Both MBC and Kona brewing have something of beach theme going on, which I guess makes sense. The vibe is relaxed and informal, and with several TV's as well, this is pretty good place to hang out with a beer or three.

As for the selection, on this day they had 19 beers on tap, with a number of seasonal ans special release items. As I recall, sample glasses are in the $2.25 range, and I ordered roughly 10 different sample glasses. Some things were better than others of course, but quality was pretty high across the board, with two exceptions. They had a barrel aged wit on tap this day (aged in Chardonnay), and while the idea was intriguing, the barrel aging really didn't do a lot for the wit. In place of clove and coriandor, there was something of a wine and vanilla flavor instead, and I just don't think it worked. On the other hand, the IPA's here generally all pretty good (they had 3 on tap this day as I recall), and the imperial coconut porter was an absolute stunner (easily the best beer I've ever tasted from a Hawaii, and a solild candidate for the BA top 100, if the beer is ever distributed on the mainland).

Service here was very good, with our bartendeer easily the most knowledgeable server we encontered on the islands (we figured he might know a thing or two when we saw the Walking Man brewing cap he was wearing). As for food, we got a small order of nachos with pulled pork, guac and sour cream added as an extra. It was very good as well, and was pretty sizeable for a small order.

Prices were on the high side, but again, not inordinately so for the islands. I think the samplers, a snifter of the porter and the food came to around $40.

Definitely a fun stop during our visit to Maui.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

(Visited 12/2010): Maui Brewing Co's brewpub location is in the Kahana Gateway Center on Honoapiilani Highway. There is a good-sized parking lot in the plaza.

The interior is open with a utilitarian look and feel. Brewing equipment is viewable behind glass, and there is a huge chalkboard that lists available beers. The bar is toward the rear of the space, and there is bench/table seating elsewhere. One cool aspect of the decor is lighting made out of kegs.

The brewpub's selection includes 9 house beers plus 2 guest taps. The Maui beers include most of the flagship offerings plus some more unique beers like a smoked hemp ale, mango wheat, jalapeno pepper Blonde and a Belgian Abbey. All of their beers are solid.

Service on a weekday lunch was good. Both our server and the bartender were knowledgeable and friendly.

Food at Maui is good as well. We both enjoyed our sandwiches and seafood dishes.

Overall this spot was well worth the drive from the port, and I would recommend to anyone visiting the island.

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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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Made 5 visits during my week in Maui. Great selection of beers with style information is posted on the wall in this industrial-like interior place. Outside is a bland looking strip mall that doesn't cohere with the interior too well.

Sports-bar feel is obvious with the numerous TV's and occasionally boisterous & obnoxious fans who have had too many pints. Seems to have a more "locals only" feel than what I found at other restaurants given how I observed the bartenders treat the seemingly obvious locals vs. people like me with touristy clothing and a camera around my neck. Music was unbearably loud in the happy hour afternoon hours and evenings. There was a notable blue collar feel to the customer base that was here, even though it is in a nice area.

Service ranged all over the place from atrocious to above average, and on one occasion we had to re-seat ourselves nearly twice because nobody would notice that we were seated in their section(s). And one of these occasions was at the bar, and the bartender was too interested in her conversation with a friend-customer even though I'm *certain* she saw us sit down.

Food was very good and reasonable priced compared to the other options in the Kaanapali area. Fried Brie appetizer was rich and excellent with the little dipping sauce, pizza was above average, onion rings were unique, and even the veggie burger was good with smoked gouda and pesto sauce - so flavorful!

The beer selection and food make this place worthwhile, but I recommend trying to go early in the day before it is noisy, and try to sit at the bar where (normally) you're likely to be served quickly.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Great brewery pub - incredible staff (how can you not be happy, you're in Hawaii), and a big list of their brews. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the beers, we both brew ourselves and although I was in their establishment for less than an hour, we struck up a friendship. I've spoken with him via email a couple times since our visit.

If you're in the area - you're a lucky bastard, it's beautiful - stop here and sample a wide assortment of very good beers. You'll be happy you did.

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

Photo of aoampm
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Maui Brewing is a pretty cool place in a small shopping center. Inside has a slightly industrial feel with small kegs cut in half and used as light covers and the like. They offer up around 15 of their own beers and a few guest taps too. Their offerings represent a full range of beer styles and I am pretty sure anyone can find something they would enjoy. Service is pretty average though. Their food is pretty average and I would probably recommend not eating here for a full meal. Their beer prices are reasonable but their food items can be pretty steep. This is a must visit place if you are on Maui.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of flexabull
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A place I stopped by a few times on my recent trip to Maui.

Set in a strip mall, but the inside looks more like a warehouse. Large, open, with a big bar, and lots of TVs. Pretty lively each time I visited too.

Like I mentioned in my review of the Maui Brewery/Taphouse, the beers are all at least solid or better, with nothing being really spectacular.

Service was always good. Everyone was friendly, prompt, and willing to offer tasters.

Selection is great. They had upwards of 20 of their own beers on tap, and the first couple of times I visited they had a guest brew from Modern Times.

Food was tasty and filling.

Overall, a very worthy spot. And like I said, I found myself here more than once because I enjoyed it so much.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A little out of the way - well north of the familiar old town of Lahaina in a nondescript, difficult to see shopping center, but worth the trip if only because this is the only brewpub on the island. The room is large and cavernous, though not inhospitable, with a large dining room, decorated with banners for the cheekily-named brews - and a more intimate bar area. We found the staff hip and enthusiastic about beer - they seemed starved to talk to people who knew about good beer and were curious about it, which doesn't seem like a surprise given the still-evolving state of Hawaii's beer culture. The waiter came over to talk beer and called over the bartender too when it became obvious we were interested. The food was decent - standard bar food with the usual sort of Hawaii twist (think a lot of good pulled pork sort of stuff). The beer was decent, though not mind blowing (but consider that all of these ingredients have to be hauled at great cost and effort from the mainland and it seems better). The Big Swell IPA is good and the cocoanut porter is worth a try if you can find it on tap.

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Photo of AlexM
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Taybeh
3.83/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.25

Good modest industrial type space in a strip mall right on the main drag between Ka'anapali and Kapalua. Went for lunch with kids...staff was friendly, but only so-so when it came to talking about the beer. Food was okay, but forgettable. Lots (like 15 or so) of their beers on tap, as well as a few guest taps, available in 12 or 16 oz pours (or taster flights). If you're on the island and looking for beer, this (or the brewery in Kihie) is probably the place to be. Doesn't quite compare to better brewpubs or taprooms on the mainland, but it isn't bad, and then again, you're on Maui, so...

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Photo of cherche
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of timlyon
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had dinner here with my new wife on April 23rd (I think, the days all blended together...). This was my second visit- a good friend and I had drinks/late lunch here in 2001 when we just stumbled across it.

This place is in branding transition, as they are morphing into the "Maui Brewing Company" (change reported to Beerfly Guide). However, our waiter told us that it is still known far and wide as Fish & Game Rotisserie, and so the re-naming effort has a way to successful completion. He also told us that that they are planning to open a canning (you heard it right, not bottling) facility in Upcountry Maui in the summer of 2006.

OK, enough with background and rumors. This is a really good brewpub. Also really expensive. Except for resto-bier restaurants in Europe (Erasmus, Den Dyver come to mind), this is the most expensive pub I've ever been to. But it's good quality to go with.

10 beers on tap, almost all brewed here. They were:
Bikini Blond 4%, Mai Bock 6.5%, Blondzilla 8%, Red Cock Dopplebock 8.5%, Honoula Lager 5%, Wild Hog Stout 6%, Maui Pale Ale 5.5%, Belgian Wheat 4.5%,Belgian Tropo Ale 6% (more on that one later) and one guest beer I didn't write down (I think it was Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, or some similar barleywine). My wife had the stout, and I had the Pale Ale and the Tropo Ale. The stout and pale were quite good, and the Tropo was a trip and a half. A Belgian Pale Ale (not complex enough for a strong pale ale) infused with Lilikoi (passionfruit) puree. Significant points for creativity, but it was almost undrinkable to me. Say it with me- passionfruit and beer don't mix! But that didn't stop me from appreciating the beer list. Wish I could have tried more. Also wine and full bar for non-BAs.

Atmosphere was lots of wood and green paint/wallpaper, think of a clubhouse the English gents would retire to after a fox hunt. Decent enough, very manly. Sports motif and several bigscreen TVs with sports.

Food was very good but expensive. $35 fish expensive. We went to cheaper choices (ribs and such) that weren't so bad, but still, bring your wallet.

I am sad that we didn't have one, but they have a "stout and ice cream float" on the dessert menu. Nice.

Overall, I recommend the place highly, and would love to go for lunch or drinks after work, but (like the rest of Hawaii), be prepared for high prices.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%

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 Drink_LocalSD
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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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Maui Brewing Co. Brewpub in Lahaina, HI
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