United States > Hawaii > Hilo
Beershine (795) The Sunshine State, Florida | October 8, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Warehouse brewery with tasting room. Staff was friendly and so was the owner. The beers tasted cleaner and better on tap than from the cans, so I hope they can get more of their draft beer into pubs around the Hawaiian islands.
decaturstevo (141) decatur, Tennessee | June 2, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 16/20
You gotta stop by if you are in Hilo. This is a growler fill bottle purchase beer stop. They will give you a free sample of all their beers. Very small one room deal with 3 or 4 chairs. Staff is very friendly. They donít sell pints but they do have swag.
jvdijk99 (39) , Netherlands | April 27, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
Donít expect to sit down here to enjoy a good beer. It is just a little tasting room at the brewery in an industrial area. You can bet little cups with a sample of their beer. Unfortunately when we were there, they did not have any bottled beer for sale.The only option was to get a growler filled.
The samples I had (a Belgium ale, a porter and a pale ale) were good beers. And they were free. And The guy behind the tap was super friendly.
Schlenkerla (382) , Austria | February 8, 2013| Updated February 9, 2013
38 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 7/20
Brewery has a small tasting room and merchandise shop. Beers are all very light, did not match our taste. You are not allowed to enter the brewery. They told us brewery does exist since 1997 and actually two breweries were brewing on this site, now only one is left, but they still keep both brands. Overall itís not a great beer experience.
Dogbrick (793) Columbus, Ohio | July 7, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
(Visited 12/2010): Drove over to Mehana during a stop on the big island on our cruise vacation. It is located on Kawili not too far from Rte 11 and the airport. The place is pretty non-descript from the outside and has limited parking right by the building.
The taproom inside has a small bar and merchandise. They have 6 beers split evenly between Hawaiís and Mehana. A tasting flight is available for $10. The beers are the standard Lager, Pale, Red Ale and IPA plus a Porter and seasonal Strong Ale. They range from average to above average.
Service on a slow weekday was fine at the bar. The server knew all the beers. Unfortunately they do not offer tours though.
Overall this tap room is worth visiting if only to try a bunch of the local offerings at once. Not really a beer destination beyond that but I was glad I visited.
Ron (75) Rochester, New York | October 27, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I found the place easy enough, but finding a place to park was harder. Inside the chain link fence was filled with kegs. I parked in front of the stores next door. There is now a pretty young women pouring the free beer samples. After the long trip from the Hilton on the other side of the Island I asked to use the rest room and was told there was none for the public. I quickly downed my 5 short drafts(She wanted to use the same plastic cup for all samples) I was quickly making my beer selection to buy when she saw my discomfort and asked a worker there if I could use the workerís menís room. To my relief it was only 20 feet away. I felt so good I also bought a T shirt there too.
Derek881 (51) St. Petersburg, Florida | July 3, 2007
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Finally found a place to park and stopped in at this little, industrial brewery, not sure what to expect. We went into a warehouse and into a little gift shop/tasting room (there arenít even chairs). The aforementioned "grandma" was very pleasant and friendly, and everyone in my group got a small (perhaps 2-3oz) sample of each beer (although they were out of one kind). I was able to buy a case with one of each beer for a reasonable price. Overall, it was not an exciting place, but the friendly people and free samples were nice.
Aubrey (74) Bellingham, Washington | January 11, 2006
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
This place is in an industrial/business district area, but itís not far from downtown (nothing is, really). Saw the building but still drove by because I didnít know where to park (parking is inside the chain link fence). Walked through the warehouse door and saw the tasting room on the left, through a sliding glass door (basically, the corner section you see in the photo). A "grandma" happily poured some samples for us (4 or 5 as I recall) and gave us a little rundown on each of them. The beer seemed to taste a little better than the bottled versions (of a couple of them) Iíd had on the mainland. Still, nothing exceptional, and no "big" beers. On the way out I passed by an employee (brewer?) that shot me a very genuine and kind smile. Went a long way in my book.
Braudog (778) Phoenix, Arizona | June 26, 2005
66 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This is a little mom-n-pop place in a weird spot in Hilo. I enjoyed the old grandma at the tasting room and the beers were pretty good and they had some cool collectibles. Visit!
ElGaucho (234) Minnetonka, Minnesota | February 24, 2005
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
Outside from a guy who came in desperate to score tickets to the upcoming Kona Brewers Festival, my Dad and I were the only visitors in the brewery when we got there on a Wednesday around 1pm. The brewery is small. We asked for a tour, which is advertised on their website as beeing offered throughout the day, but the lady said they werenít offering them. There were four beers on tap that were free for the tasting, including their new Humpback Blue, which is replacing "Mehana Beer". I also learned that Mehanaís highest rated brew, Tsunami Lager is now called "Hawaiian Lager" because of a dispute from Pelican Brewing and their Tsunami Stout. The small tasting room is located inside a sliding glass door and also contains various souvenir items. Their merchandise is some of the most reasonably priced goods of any kind I have found on the Big Island. I took home a set of coasters, a refrigerator magnet and a bottle of their soon to be defunct Mehana Beer. Worth a visit if you are in town, but not necessarily worth driving all the way here from Kona or the Kohala Coast. That being said, Hilo itself is worth the drive with its several spectacular waterfalls and banyon trees, so if you come to town, check out Mehana.
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