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Kona Brewing Co.

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Kona Brewing Co.Kona Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
3.69/5
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13,619 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(808) 334-2739 | map
konabrewingco.com

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.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
29
Reviews:
3,557
Ratings:
13,619
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.09/5
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
134
pDev:
12.96%
 
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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Gambyt20
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of SaveWaterDrinkBeers
2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of CoryR
5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of rpenterics
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of antagonical
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of ErinGoBraugh
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TwoBeers
4.05/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of sphmiel
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The big one on the Big Island. Finding the parking lot entrance is a challenge (hint – it is off what looks like an industrial drive), but once there, nice outdoor and indoor seating. All of their year round beers, as well as number of the seasonals, were on draught. Solid picks were the Lemongrass Lu’au (golden ale with a touch of ginger), the Kua IPA, and the Paddleboard Saison. Food was very good, with a wonderful shrimp-artichoke-spinach flatbread appetizer, and then a solid pizza. Service was great, although no mixed drinks and limited wine selection may discourage the non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of boothbeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of johnyb
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of HochFliegen
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Sixpoint
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Eziel
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of dshansen1184
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of denver10
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Oidmoe
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Boughner33
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great place to have lunch and a fight of beers. It is walking distance from the dock, but it is an uphill climb and no sidewalks in some areas so you need to cut through a parking lot. Good ambience and good food. The souvenirs are expensive.

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Photo of Donco
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

If you have the chance to visit the Big Island, make a stop at Kona Brewing's brewery/restaurant. Excellent outdoor seating among palm trees. Nighttime sitting outdoors with a brew and one of their pizzas or other goodies, while sipping one of their fresh ales is paradise!

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Photo of bourassa23
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Kfitch
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Kona Brewing Co. in Kailua Kona, HI
Brewery rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 13,619 ratings
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