Kona Brewing Co.

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Kona Brewing Co.Kona Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

75-5629 Kuakini Hwy
Kailua Kona, Hawaii, 96740-1664
United States

(808) 334-2739 | map

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Rated: 4.18 by puftdank from Illinois

Jul 06, 2023
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Reviewed by badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

4.81/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
My review may be biased because I love this beer. The owners bought beer rights back for island sales and it shows. Selection, service and food was great. Had some new beers that i never drank before so lucky i had wife to drive because i was in my glory. Loved it
Jun 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Brand new facility that feels a bit artificial and corporate but nonetheless a great place to visit. Gift shop, to-go shack, and nice indoor/outdoor seating options. All their traditional stuff is available as well as some exclusive options.
Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by beersampler6 from Michigan

Jul 15, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by wmcgar01 from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by NeoClassicist from New York

Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by Adrian_matei from California

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by SupplyChiefSM from California

Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Apr 29, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by ProNR from Florida

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Jul 17, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by SamuelMiller from Montana

Apr 01, 2018
Rated: 3.62 by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin

Mar 29, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 24, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

Jan 25, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by MICAMD from Maryland

Sep 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Nolecat34 from Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Stopped by twice during our vacation, including with the kids. Food was pretty good (Pele's Poke, Uncle's Fish Tacos, and Pepperoni Pizza Rolls). Quite a selection of seasonal offerings (~10) on top of the dozen standards. Reasonable flight prices (for 4 5oz) as well. Kid friendly to boot. More outside seating than indoors, but hey, it's Hawaii, so no complaints....
Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by frasergrove from California

Aug 02, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by Nace4 from Virginia

Jul 21, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by TominGermany from Germany

May 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
This place is a rare establishment in all of Hawaii. They maintain a massive crowd any time of day (I think cruise ships drop off nearby as well), and they can handle it like the pros many of us are used to at the best and busiest bars on the mainland. Kona has a nicely designed, beachfront-esque outdoor patio (despite the fact that the beach is quite a ways off), where the geckos actually do roam around, making you do a double take at the brewery logo. They also have a more cozy, casual indoor pub feel centered around a small but ultra-efficient bar.

I was surprised to find they had a relatively large tap list, featuring a large number of brews I didn't know they made, running the gamut of styles. All were nicely fresh and tasted far better than any of the bottled brews I'd had on the mainland. Service was professional, prompt, and knowledgeable. And food was location appropriate, and relatively tasty...and then came the hefty purple sweet potato pie, which was just a gut bomb, but a delicious one! Maybe if you're feeling hungry, just order that, and that alone, and share it with 4 people--you'll still fill up!

We had 6 beers while we were here, and would be back regularly for the fresh brews and pork tacos if we were locals.
Mar 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Karibourgeois from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Visited several times while on vacation with my kids. Beers were good and the food was so-so. Best thing was the wait staff. Very friendly and informative about where to go and what to do while on the island.
Feb 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Jaredk1203 from Ohio

4.86/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Went there with my wife on our honeymoon, I'm blessed with a wife that takes a huge interest in sampling varieties of beer and visiting brewery's. We really enjoyed Kona Brewing Co. as sampled every beer other than two on the menu that were not available at the time. Service was great and atmoshere you can't beat!
Jan 09, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Dec 31, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by EarForBeer from Colorado

Aug 27, 2016
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Rated by GatorCoop from California

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Had lunch after arriving on the Big Island. Good food and really good beer, a little pricy.
Aug 21, 2016
Rated: 4.54 by Jeffwildcat from Arizona

Jul 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Offa from California

4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75
We loved this place. It had a great vibe and feel with nice outdoor seating area plus nice indoor bar.

Beer quality is very good, actually I found the beer on tap here to be surprisingly better than when I've had it in the bottle or on tap back home in California. Perhaps it is just fresher here. For example,the Longboard Lager never impressed me much at home but here it was very good, with nice firm lager character. The porter, stout, and red ale we had also were very good.

Service was friendly, enthusiastic, and attentive, making us feel welcome and appreciated.

Beer selection was very good, with a strong range of beers - several types of porters and stouts, for example.

Food was the strongest point - it was simply outstanding. The sweet potato pie was fanatastic, nicely balanced and full of character. Pizzas we had were among the best pizzas we have ever had - not only unusual combinations and ingredients but well balanced and very well-made.
Jul 21, 2016
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Reviewed by dcgunman from California

3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25
I'm mainly doing this review because of the service we had at Kona Pub & Brewery today....July 18, 2016. We arrived there 15 minutes prior to opening (11am). The wife and I were like 10th or 12th person there. There was a large group that looked like they were in a tour of the brewery. At 11am the large group were brought into the indoor seating area. That did not bother us. It was the fact it was 1105 before the rest of us were told it was okay to go in. Most everybody headed inside for seats as we selected a seat outside. Once we sat down we were told that we needed to wait for someone in front to seat us outside. No problem. We and another small group of 4 went back out to the front when the girl told us that we had to wait till they opened at 11. Hello! It was already 1107 by then. When figured out it was already past 11 we got our seats. We didn't have any complaints about our server, Elli. He explained today's specials and the beers that were on tap. Brought our food in minutes after we ordered. Explained about how the drafts tasted different than the bottles sold at stores. Let me say right here that I was and am not a big fan of Kona beers. But I always enjoy visiting brewery's (good or bad) on our mini vacations. Elli explained about the Kona beers on draft that aren't available in bottles. Those were the ones I order with our meal. They were all good. Let me go back to before we were seated. I asked a couple of the workers questions about the Pub and brewery and none of them had the answers. A younger tall guy told me to go ask one of the other workers. Huh? I understand your living in Hawaii and your living the Hawaiian lifestyle which is kick back and don't give a crap. But come on man. I know my beers and what I don't like. But I'm sure most of the customers there visiting the Pub/Brewery are there for the subpar Kona beer thinking its a great beer. And some have questions about the beers and brewery. Not good customer service at Kona Brewery, with the exception of our server Elli. Very surprised on the quality of food there. And the 3 beers I had there. Some of the staff workers need to get a life. Care about your job and the customers. Even its only to get you through school or whatever. Will I go back on our next visit to the Big Island? Probably not. I would rather visit Big Island Brewhaus. Aloha.
Jul 19, 2016
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
they have outdoor seating, but there was a long wait and we were hungry so sat inside so the vibe wasn't anything special. they have their flagship beers but also some limited release stuff available as well. we had one of their pizzas which was good. but service was slow, I had to flag down the waitress to get another beer.
Apr 25, 2016
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Reviewed by dbriesemeister from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
On the night we visited, they were out of Kupono Sodas, Root Beer, and Lemonade - our kids were very disappointed. Same laid back vibe as when we've been here before. Solid range of food options. Beer options were good, but they lacked the Lenongrass Luau. Service was OK, but didn't identify the missing options until we had already ordered them!
Mar 31, 2016
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Reviewed by QuakeAttack from California

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! I was expecting more of a tourist spot, but found it be more local with great food and of course, beer. Friendly, relaxed service. We had two of their limited releases (Da Grind Stout and a barlyewine). Both were awesome! Had mostly pu pu's . All of the food was excellent!

We will be back.
Mar 18, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by GreenEggsHam1 from Ohio

Mar 15, 2016
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Rated by Brewerbach from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Mar 11, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2016
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -16.8%
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.
Jan 28, 2016
Rated: 2.8 by SaveWaterDrinkBeers from Maine

Jan 11, 2016
Rated: 5 by CoryR from Oregon

Dec 23, 2015
Rated: 4.56 by rpenterics from Michigan

Dec 17, 2015
Rated: 4.61 by antagonical from Iowa

Dec 05, 2015
Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua Kona, HI
Brewery rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 16014 ratings