Late lunch and beers after a snorkel tour. I definitely agree with Jowís opinion regarding the oddly corporate feel about the place. The pizza and fish tacos were both excellent, and the beers were tasty. I would have liked to have seen a couple of guest taps, but thatís not really a make or break thing for me. Definitely a go-to place on the Big Island.
Stopped in after a few hours in tattoo chair. Kinda corporate feel but it is a bug brewery and itís still pretty cool. All main stays and 5 seasonal a on so thatís cool. Friendly but busy staff. Food was quite good. Beers are solid and I needed a drink
It was 95 with 80% humidity when we visited and this place has no A/C. This may skew my review. We found a place to sit near the bar and I ordered a beer from the bartender. The waitress then scolded me for not ordering from her an said if we didnít want to order from her, we would have to move. Not a great start. Finally, we settled in, ordered some pizza and more beer. The beer was cold an the pizza good. The outside patio seemed nice if it had been cooler and there is WIFI available.
Nice selection of seasonals to complement the more widely available beers. Build-your-own flights made it easy to sample everything we hadnít had before, though still else nothing near as good as the Koko Brown.
I have been here several times and always enjoyed it. Iíve always sat out on the lushly landscaped patio, which is lovely. The beer selection is good and the hoppy beers Iíve ordered are always enjoyable. My server is always willing to bring me a sample or two to help me decide what to order. The food has always been good. A recommended stop for sure.
Sokolov (817) Moscow, Russia | March 26, 2015| Updated March 27, 2015
These guys never disappoint! This is their head brewpub, the second one you can find on Oahu. Brews are perfect!
February 2013: First of all itís great to find a brewery on Big Island, this place is close to paradise. We are staying in the Marriott across the street and are visting this place for almost a week. The beer garden is very green and nice. The service outside is mediocre, some staff is very friendly, others are rude. Although the bar inside is small, I prefer sitting here, good service and nice people. The food is ok, Pizza is the best choice, sandwiches are average, once they served me a cold one. Most of the beers are light, which is not negative considering the hot temperature here. We liked the Lavaman Red Ale, the Hula Weizen and the Castaway IPA. Overall I absolutely recommend this place when you come to this island!
December 2014: We were here again end of December 2014. Nothing really has changed, same bar, decoration, no real beer innovation, strange service (some of the personnel is really good though, the guys behind the bar are extremely nice, seems they are from a different universe). This time we wanted to join the brewery tour, unfortunately it was sold out. I asked whether I can have a brief look in their brew house just to take a picture and I was told this is impossible due to their insurance policy. I told them how much we are into beer and whether we can join the tour although we have not booked and the guy reiterated thatís impossible due to their insurance policy. Very sad experience, seems they are in the insurance business rather in the beer business and should focus more on beer innovations. What a difference friendly people can make. Will never forget several years ago when the brewmaster of Bridgeport in Portland, a so much better brewery than Kona, gave us a brewery tour at 11 pm only because we asked if itís ok to take a picture of his brewhouse. Hope the influence of Budweiser will not become even stronger on the Kona attitude.