The weather is always beautiful in Kona, and what better way to enjoy a warm ocean breeze than with a beer or two at a top-notch brewery? Breweries in Kona offer tasty brews made with local ingredients and handmade Hawaiian, fusion, and gastropub food made with the same. Try them all on your next visit!
1. Ola Brew
Ola Brew features top-notch beers crafted from local Hawaiian ingredients. Try the Tangelo Milkshake IPA for a unique flavor experience or the Hawaiian Strong Ale for a hoppy, high-ABV punch. They also feature unique tropical ciders made with pineapple, dragon fruit, ginger, and more.
If you’re coming for lunch or dinner, Ola Brew also features a robust menu of bar food like flatbreads and local favorites like poke. This brewery also frequently serves as a concert venue, so be sure to check out their website to learn of any upcoming events!
2. Kona Pub & Brewery
If you’ve only heard of one Hawaiian brewery, it’s likely the Kona Brewery. In operation since 1998, the Kona Pub & Brewery features Kona’s signature brews, with a dozen on the menu and suggested food pairings for each.
The menu itself packs tasty Hawaiian apps like ahi poke: a whopping fourteen different ingredients on pizza, including fish, Kailua pork, and much more. Best of all, it comes with a beautiful ocean view. If you’re interested in learning how Hawaii’s most famous beer gets made, they also offer brewery tours daily. Just be sure to book ahead as they fill up fast!
3. Big Island Brewhaus
Big Island Brewhaus offers a wide range of unique brews, from a Coconut Cream Ale to a ginger beer brewed with locally grown Big Island ginger. If you’re coming for the food, Big Island Brewhaus offers fresh, handmade fare crafted with local ingredients.
They have great Mexican food as well as plenty of Mexican/Hawaiian fusion and top-notch burgers. If you want a homey spot with local music and award-winning brews, this is definitely one of the best breweries in Kona.
4. Paradise Brewing Company
Paradise Brewing Company packs 20 craft beers on tap and is one of the few breweries in Kona to offer craft cocktails on its menu. Located right across the street from Kona Town Pier, Paradise Brewing also offers world-class views of the bay.
If food is what you’re looking for, Paradise offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu features Kailua pork slow-roasted on-site in the traditional Hawaiian way, with Hawaiian sea salt and a homemade barbecue sauce made with Kona coffee. With catch-of-the-day seafood and world-class burgers, there’s something on the menu for the whole family.
Visit the Best Breweries
You can’t go wrong with any of these breweries. All offer unique and world-class brews and delicious local food. If you’re still itching for some local beer tastings, schedule your trip to coincide with the Kona Brewers Festival. Breweries in Kona and from all over the Hawaiian islands come to Kona to share their best brews. Kona is already paradise: but its breweries and beer festival make it a real destination for beer lovers.