Not much to look at - just a walled-in corner of a warehouse with a little bar, a shelf of glasses, a wall of T-shirts and a wall cooler of cans. Free samples of everything they have available that day, I believe we had eight and we were welcome to "try any of them again" if weíd wanted. 6-packs were a bit cheaper than the grocery store price and theyíll let you mix íem up if youíd like.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.