Craft brew fever is taking over the nation, and while Hawai‘i isn’t necessarily known as a brewery hub, there are some places for beer fans to sip some local flavor, enjoy a pub experience and even find out what’s distilling on the island.
Beer fans probably already know about MAUI BREWING CO. (located at Waikīkī Beachcomber by Outrigger, or at 573 Kailua Road), known for its Big Swell IPA and KONA BREWING CO. (located at Koko Marina) known for its Longboard Island Lager. Both of these big guys have pubs with full menus to accompany their famous brews.
In Kaka‘ako, you’ll fi nd newer craft breweries like HONOLULU BEERWORKS , ALOHA BEER CO. (it’s newest location is in Downtown Honolulu’s Central Pacifi c Bank main branch) and WAIKĪKĪ BREWING CO. (there’s another location in Waikīkī).
If you’re heading out to Kailua, check out LANIKAI BREWING. The Tap and Barrel tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. LIKO’S TAP & TABLE, located waterfront in Hawai‘i Kai, serves up 30 beers on tap, including 14 local brews, along with craft cocktails and a full menu. Then, drive on over to the Windward side to experience great food and drinks at GOEN DINING + BAR by Roy Yamaguchi (Lau Hala Shops, 573 Kailua Road).