The residents of Hawaii have a special appreciation for good beers and the Big Island is big enough to host four superb local breweries:
- Kona Brewing Company (Kona)
- Ola Brew Co. (Kona)
- Hawaiʻi Nui Brewing Company (Hilo)
- Big Island Brewhaus (Waimea)
Try asking for any of these local favorites when you go out for dinner or drinks during your visit to the Big Island!
Kona Brewing Company (Kona)
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)
Hawaiʻi Nui Brewing Company (Hilo)
Hawaiʻi Nui 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 won awards:
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 noon to ~5 pm. More information on the Hawai’i Nui website.
Ola Brew Company (Kona)
The Ola Brew Company is the youngest of home-grown breweries on the Big Island. They specialize in ciders and beers and use locally sourced ingredients and have plenty of parking space available. There is outdoor seating in the brew yard, good food, and a brewery tour for the dedicated beer and cider lover.
Website: Ola Brew Company
Big Island Brewhaus (Waimea)
The Big Island started selling their home brewed beers on march 4th 2011. Its owner has won over 30 national and international awards in the previous 3 years he worked for the Maui Brewing Co, and now has started for himself in Waimea. The Big Island Brewhaus 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.