Big Island Brewhaus - Tako Taco Taqueria

Mayor: furthur (6) | Taps: 12 | Bottles: 12
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (3057) Charlotte , North Carolina | November 13, 2017
Holy cow this might be my favorite place in Hawaii, or at least in the top handful. I happened to stay at an AirBnB just a few blocks away owned by one of their former barmen, Gonzo. Good karma there. The place is on the main road through town. Parking is very tight, I got lost, had to turn around in a cemetery, and finally parked on the lawn of the church next door. I am told you could also park at the gym attached to the church, or at the gas station across the street. It's worth the effort. The brewhaus is in back, you'll see it if you circle the place looking for parking like I did. Inside is a small L-shaped bar with a few into the kitchen, some restaurant tables, and covered wrap-around porch tables with table service. 20 house beers on offer plus bottles of Erdinger (wow, I've been to the brewery in Erding!) and of course the ubiquitous Orval. Flight of five 4 ounce pours are possible, or pints, or goblets of the higher abv stuff. Food is tasty Mexiwaiian. Staff knew the beers and the beer scene well. Other patrons included some geeky but friendly scientists from the local observatory. Far off the beaten tourist track, but that's why I chose it, and I'm glad I did.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Owl83  (83) Athens, Greece | September 7, 2016
Really good food and really good beer.After a long day of driving it felt like a reward.Their ipa’s are really good.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Abner  (3) Michigan | March 15, 2016
Stopped in for dinner. Very laid back place. A couple of people jamming outside (live music on a Friday). My wife enjoyed that they serve margaritas, but the beer was consistently average. Tried four, and my favorite was Tall, Dark, and Mandarin (Imp Stout). The rest were not notable. The food had good flavor, but they really need to work on the details. Soup was served cold, one sample of beer was served half full, and they forgot the dressing on the salad. If they get the details down, this would be a great place to stop in for a bite and a drink. As of now, they show promise, but need work.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Jow  (287) Orlando, Florida | October 28, 2015
Stopped in on way back to resort after a mule ride through waipo valley which is awesome. Fine little spot very limited parking. Decor is laid back. Tacos were decent service was friendly. 12 drafts I got a sampler most were just average though. Still if your in Waimea no reason not to stop.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Beershine  (850) VANCOUVER, British Columbia | October 8, 2014
Cute place. It was full inside. We took a table on the outdoor patio, which was fine but had less character than the inside. Service was slower to arrive out there, but perfectly friendly. The food was alright, not as good as it sounded on the menu but still fun. The beers were decent. We went during happy hour and ordered pints because it’s a better value versus samplers.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
larryLSB  (97) La Selva Beach, California | September 28, 2014
Stopped by on the way from Kona to Hilo early Sunday afternoon. So far, this is one of the best on the Islands. We each had samplers, then dug into the food, which was very good and reasonably priced for the Islands. Beers were all good to excellent, got to try a few of their specials, and the brewer Tom was around so got to meet him and chat for a bit. He is doing great things there. If you find yourself up that way stop by, and it is worth a day trip to go up there. Staff is very knowledgable about the beers made there and by the time we left the place was packed. Nice Hawaiian vibes.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo  (200) decatur, Tennessee | June 25, 2013
Nice beer selection. Rather small inside bar area and tables. Tables outside are nice on a pleasant day. Out of several beers but still quite a few on tap. Plenty of parking mid afternoon. Getting a seat at the bar for more than one could be tough. I would stop in anytime for a beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Schlenkerla  (656) Vienna, Austria | February 8, 2013| Updated January 31, 2014
Very good brewpub with a lot of nice local people. The beers are quite good. They had a good smoked lager, an Irish Red which they tap with Nitro, a good Red IPA and some other nice beers. This is the best brewery on Big Island when it comes to beer selection and quality. They have mainly Mexican food which is ok. Overall a great beer place you should not miss when you are on the island.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
PLohbauer  (1) Tampa, Florida | January 15, 2013| Updated January 16, 2013
The night I visited, 13 beers on tap in a tantalizing variety of styles including Pale Ales, Belgian Ales, Wheat, Lager, and a Smoked Bach. I chose the Dark Sabbath Belgian Strong Ale and followed that with the White Mountain Porter and was not disappointed. The menu is Mexican and the service was friendly. The fish tacos were fine, nothing to rave about...but the beer was great and that is what I came for.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey  (74) Bellingham, Washington | December 21, 2011
This is a fantastic little brewery. Tasty, above-average beer, and a great selection of beer, too. I think they had 10 to 12 house brews on tap when I visited, plus some guest taps. Oh, and two of the house beers on tap during my visit were very well-made Belgians, which surprised me. Good/friendly service, albeit a little slow because it was busy. Mexican food is unique and tasty. Ambiance is comfortable and artsy (think Mountain Sun in Boulder), but it’s a little cramped, especially when it gets busy. Oh, and it gets a little loud, acoustically. Overall, if you’re in the area, this is a must-stop. Come to think of it, even if you’re not in the area, it’s still worth the one-hour drive from Kailua-Kona.

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