Sip On Local BrewsO‘ahu
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 Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, or its newest location 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 find newer craft breweries like HONOLULU BEERWORKS, ALOHA BEER CO. and WAIKIKI BREWING COMPANY (which also has a location in Waikiki).
THE BREWSEUM is located within the Home of The Brave Museum and serves up its signature Pilot Pale Ale.
If you’re heading out to Kailua, check out LANIKAI BREWING. The Tap
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GROWLER USA is a great opportunity to try select craft beers from around the state (and beyond), alongside a full menu in one convenient location. This family-friendly pub also features live music and trivia nights.
There’s a lot more brewing, so to speak, on the island. ISLAND DISTILLERS produces limited-run, world-renowned Hawaiian liquors. Take the Island Distillers Tour & Tasting and learn about how the brand’s vodka, rums and okolehao are created at the base of Koko Head Crater in Hawai‘i Kai.
On the other side of the island, check out MANULELE DISTILLERS in Kunia. Its tour demonstrates how heirloom Native Hawaiian sugarcane is grown and hand-harvested and press into juice to create its handcrafted Hawaiian Agricole Ko Hana Rum.