The residents of Hawaii have a special appreciation for good beers. Because of this, the Big Island is big enough to host three superb local breweries (the Kona Brewing Company on the Kona side of the Island, the Mehana Brewing Company on the Hilo side and the recently opened Big Island Brewhaus in Waimea) and one annual beer festival.
If you go out for dinner or drinks during your visit to the Big Island, why not ask for any of these local favorites?
Kona Brewing Company
The Kona Brewing Company is a small, independent traditional brewery in Kona. They produce beers with names like “Big Wave Golden Ale”, Longboard Island Lager”, “Fire Rock Pale Ale” and “Pipeline Porter”. They organize not-so-memorable brewery tours, but also host a Brewpub with excellent food and their own beers. A perfect place for a local night out.
The brewpub is a popular place, so call ahead for a reservation: (808) 334 BREW (2739)
Mehana Brewing Company
The Mehana brewing company is Hawai’i’s largest independent craft brewer and the only local bottler. Their brewery in Hilo on the Big Island brews and bottles the following beers: Hawai’i Nui Brewing Kaua’i Golden Ale, Sunset Amber Ale, Hapa Brown Ale, Tsunami IPA, Southern Cross Seasonal Ale, Mehana Brewing Volcano Red Ale, Mauna Kea Pale Ale, Humpback Blue Beer, Hawai’i Lager and A’lala Hawaiian Crow Porter. Two of their beers have been decorated:
Hawai’i Nui Brewing Hapa Brown Ale is the winner of the World Beer Cup2010 Silver Medal for American Brown Ale and the Gold Medal in the US Open of Beer 2010, also in the American Brown Ale Category.
Mehana Mauna Kea Pale Ale is the winner of the Silver Medal in the US Open of Beer 2010 in the American Pale Ale Category.
Their tasting room and gift shop are open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Big Island Brewhaus
The Big Island Brewhaus has just opened their doors, and have officially started selling their home brewed beers on march 4th 2011! The owner has won over 30 national and international awards in the 3 years that he worked for the Maui Brewing Co., and now has started for himself in Waimea. His motto is Live Beer, Live Food, & Live Music.
March – Kona Brewers Festival
This annual festival promotes craft brewing an microbreweries in Hawaii. Expect about 60 craft beers from Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland, plus gourmet food. Also special Brewer’s Dinner, Golf Tourney and Run for the Hops. For more info call 808-987-9196 or visit their website.