A Guide to Maui Breweries and Craft Beers

If you love to try the latest craft brews and other hoppy creations, you definitely need to take a whirlwind brewery tour during your visit to Maui. Imaginative brew masters never fail to delight the crowds with their wide variety of flavorful beer. The breweries often pair their creations with ultra-tasty bar foods, inspiring you to come back whenever you get the chance.

Wondering just where to enjoy such a thing? Just use this guide to Maui breweries and craft beers to discover all the top spots on the island.

Maui Brewing Co. 

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Brewery tours and beer tastings abound at the Maui Brewing Co. in Kihei. You can take the VIP tour to look at the brewhouse, packaging line, and cellar. Or ask for a guided tasting that lets you explore their four flagship brews while learning about each one from a skilled craft beer curator. Afterward, you can relax in the restaurant for a memorable meal and the drinks to match.

Waikiki Brewing Company

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A true Lahaina favorite, the Waikiki Brewing Company offers the quintessential brewpub experience through and through. Handcrafted brews from local suppliers are the name of the game, but their offerings don’t stop there. They have classic dishes, like Shishito Peppers, Margherita Flatbread, and Bacon Mac & Cheese. Want discounts on drinks and apps? Come through for happy hour from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm daily.

Kohola Brewery

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At Kohola Brewery, it’s all about savoring their many excellent craft brews while relaxing in paradise. Located in Lahaina, this joint specializes in creating truly imaginative flavor combinations in all their craft beer varieties. Their year-round drafts include fan favorites like Pineapple Blonde Ale, which hits you with a fruity kick followed by caramel undertones. Happy hour runs from 4 pm to 6 pm daily, making trying all the flavors that suit your fancy much easier.

Mahalo Aleworks

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When you want to learn just how crafts brews come to life, don’t miss the chance to go on a tour at Mahalo Aleworks. You’ll need to make reservations ahead of time and then travel to their brewery located in the heart of Makawao. Once you arrive, you’ll spend an hour learning the ropes before sipping on a flight of four 5-ounce craft brews you won’t soon forget.

The Dirty Monkey

Whenever you find yourself on Front Street in Lahaina, set your sights on a visit to The Dirty Monkey, for sure. Although they’ve gained a reputation as the best whiskey bar on the island, their selection of brews is second-to-none as well. Their crew keeps all the local bests on tap from Maui Brewing Company, Kohola Brewery, and the like, always rotating them out on the regular to keep things fresh. Wisconsin Cheese Curds, Pot Stickers, and other small bite plates bring out the flavors in each brew to perfectly complete your dining experience.

The Pint and Cork

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The Pint and Cork is an iconic gastropub set in The Shops at Wailea. You can stop in between all your shopping adventures to fuel up on bright, bold dishes, like Deviled Eggs Rockefeller, Seared Steak Salad, and Lobster Mac & Cheese. Just don’t forget to ask what brews they have on tap during your visit. Maui Brewing Company Big Swell IPA, Kohola Lahaina Haze IPA, and other fan favorites always await patrons looking for the best local creations.

What Ales You

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Located right in Kihei, What Ales You proudly serves as a hidden oasis offering the perfect pairing of craft brews and pub grinds. If you start with drinks, you can treat yourself to the best of the best by asking what’s on tap. Hawaiian craft beer varieties dominate their taps, allowing you to go on a local flavor journey to remember. You can then elevate your experience even more by ordering their incredible brats, burgers, or wings to savor alongside your drink selections. 

While working your way through these breweries, remember that it will likely take more than one visit to get a real taste of what each has to offer. So, aim to go to the ones that speak to you most early in your island adventures, so you can come back time and again before it’s time to go home. You’ll be thanking yourself later upon making that smart move.