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The best Maui breweries and craft beer bars for a cold one on the island

A refreshing beer on a tropical island? Where do we sign? These are the best Maui breweries and where to drink them

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Lori A May
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Does it get any better than this? To be blunt, no, it doesn’t. Maui is home to some of the finest beaches on the planet, and there’s no shortage of breweries waiting to serve up delicious refreshments while you gaze lovingly at the endless expanse of the Pacific. That, right there, is the dream, and nobody can convince us otherwise.

The craft beer revolution has permeated every corner of the globe, and Maui is no different. Do beer producers here stay true to the culture and flavors of the islands? You bet, while beers from further afield complement the tropical views and endless tranquillity of Maui. These beers are best enjoyed at one of Maui’s best restaurants, or after an adventure, or before an adventure, or during an adventure, while watching the sunset, etc etc. Or you can go ahead and enjoy them at one of the spots listed below. Wherever you choose, just drink these beers already.

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Best Maui breweries

It’s pleasantly overwhelming to step into the headquarters of Maui Brewing Co in Kihei. What began in 2005 as a tiny local brewpub has grown into a multi-million dollar brewery that serves its goodies well beyond the islands. Now, visitors can expect brewery tours, a tasting room, a full-service restaurant and bar, a retail nook and an outdoor patio with barbeque service. Everyone flocks here for the beer, of course, but what do you try? You could order a flight with four samples of MBC’s favorite drafts. You’ll find half a dozen beers available year-round accompanied by 30 additional seasonal drafts and special releases to savor. The lilikoi seasonal is the perfect island refreshment with fruity undertones, while those who prefer a tart taste should go for the Valley Isle extra special bitter. Found your favorite? Fill a growler or keg on your way out.

It’s amazing to think Koholā Brewery began as a teensy tiny homebrew operation. The Lahaina-based brewery opened its popular taproom to the public in 2016 and has been earning awards ever since. With a focus on craft beers and serving Maui first and foremost, you’ll find six year-round drafts at Koholā, in addition to two seasonal limited releases. Talk Story Pale Ale and Red Sand Amber Ale are two of the most popular beers, though the Lokahi Pilsner has received multiple awards. Sample the flavors with a beer flight or join happy hour for savings on full pints. Note that the brewery focuses on beer and not food, though you’re welcome to bring your own fare to soak up the draughts.

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Waikiki Brewing Company opened its first location in Waikiki in 2015 and has now expanded to four convenient locations, including just down the street from the famous Banyan tree in downtown Lahaina. This Maui location offers incredible ocean views and is an ideal spot to take in the sunset with a cold brew in hand. Opt for a crisp blonde ale or west coast-style IPA on a hot day or enjoy a smooth lager or molasses porter for a stronger palate pleaser. The Lahaina location also serves up special seasonal releases like a super hoppy IPA and malty stout with coffee notes. Though the focus is on local beer, the happy hour menu will keep you coming back for more with sweet deals on tacos and discounted apps offered 2-6 pm daily. For something extra special, order one of their new beer cocktails like the Mai Taipa, featuring IPA and rum along with pineapple and orange juice.

Where to drink craft beer in Maui

While you won’t get the full brewery experience here in Lahaina, MBC’s casual brewpub in West Maui is a perfect draft date without the lengthy commute. The venue is massive and perfect for a group outing, especially popular among sports fans. Grab a seat at the bar or slide into a picnic table for shared plates. The go-to bites here are pork rinds with beer cheese, loaded fries, and a tempting variety of flatbreads. You’ll find your favorite drafts from Bikini Blonde lager to Pineapple Mana wheat ale.

This little outdoor pub may be tucked away from traffic on Lahaina’s Front Street, but it’s been a top local pick year after year. On tap, you’ll find Koholā Brewery, Maui Brewing Co. and Kona Brewing classics alongside mainland favorites. Down the Hatch boasts the longest-running happy hour on Maui, 2-5 pm daily, so pair your drink of choice with a discounted app like crispy coconut shrimp. On an especially hot day, order an adult shave ice for an extra cool treat. 

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The Dirty Monkey may at first be thought of as a whisky joint but this Lahaina sports pub has a serious craft beer list that is certainly worth exploring. The rotating taps mean you’ll find something different every week, but you’ll always see local brews on offer in addition to mainland features. Sample a pint from Ola Brew Company from the Big Island or a pineapple blonde from local Koholā Brewery. You’ll find an animated sports crowd on football Sundays, while breezy island nights feature DJs and dancing.

Finding an awesome brewpub in a plaza may not be the first thing that comes to mind during your search for great beer, but The Pint & Cork is a welcome addition to The Shops at Wailea for locals and visitors alike. This spacious gastropub features local beer on tap from Honolulu Beerworks, Maui Brewing Co. and Koholā Brewery, alongside their signature Pint & Cork barrel-aged draft. Burgers are a favorite here as well, along with garlic parmesan fries and lobster mac & cheese.

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You won’t find a better seaside view than at Hula Grill’s Barefoot Bar in Kaanapali. Feel sugar sand underfoot as waves lap along the beachfront while you savor the exclusive house draft, Barefoot Brew, a honey amber ale crafted by Maui Brewing Co. Also try the coconut porter with tandoori roasted shrimp during “aloha hour” for a sweet and spicy pairing. Settle in for serious beach vibes as live music and hula dance take over the stage under palm trees.

After a full day of beach fun in Kihei, head into What Ales You for a rotating tap list of twenty brews. This tiny taproom is low-key, with several screens broadcasting the games of the day, and the outdoor patio is a cozy retreat for conversationalists. The house brew is the What Ales You Blonde, which perfectly complements orders of onion rings, jalapeno poppers or wings. In addition to featured state drafts, you’ll find stouts, porters and pilsners from the mainland west coast.

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Leilani’s boasts an upscale casual vibe but your flip flops will fit in just fine at the Beachside Grill, just steps from the surf at Kaanapali Beach. Drop-in for happy hour to take advantage of $5 draft beers like Duke’s Blonde Ale or Longboard Lager from Kona Brewing, and pair them with discounted apps like kalua pork street tacos. You might also want to settle in and enjoy the sunset view with a Talk Story Pale Ale from Koholā Brewing Co. in hand (paired with beachside nachos, of course).

While Monkeypod is known as a favorite restaurant among chef Peter Merriman’s devotees, the amazing variety of over 30 draft beers on tap makes it a go-to on the island, especially thanks to daily happy hour deals with half-price apps and discounted brews. With live local music accompanying a scenic view along the beach, this open-air venue serves up lagers, ales and porters from across the Hawaiian Islands. For a flavor punch, opt for a pint from Big Island Brewhaus, Honolulu Beerworks, or Kona Brewing, or try a cider from Paradise Ciders in Honolulu.

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By far one of the coolest venues you can find to sip on a beer is the Grotto Bar at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Not staying here? No problem. All are welcome, so settle in at the bar and order up. Grotto Bar is tucked inside a lava rock cave attached to free-flowing pools—but you needn’t swim up. Enter from the Kaanapali Beachwalk and savor a craft beer in the shade while mesmerized by surrounding waterfalls. This secluded spot is the perfect venue for a midday rendezvous.

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