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Kona Brewing
(Craft Brewers Alliance)
Bar/Tasting RoomRestaurant
75-5629 Kuakini Highway
Kailua-Kona HI 96740
Telephone: +1 808-334-1133
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm.
Brewer: Billy Smith
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Notes

Opened: 1995

Annual Production: 11,000 bbl

Contributors: Mario Kornmesser, Ralph Wells, Chris DeVasier, Christopher DeVasier

Wendy Tucciarone passes along the details of the brewpub they built after I left Hawaii:

On tap at Kona Brewing Company guests will find nearly a dozen flavorful ales and lagers. The beers are served up alongside gourmet pizzas, salads, sandwiches and pupus inside the high-ceilinged bar or outdoors on the lush lanai. The pub boasts an extensive retail area with plenty of souvenirs to take back home, and brewery tours are available daily. Kona Brewing Company is Hawaii's largest brewery.

Kona Brewing also has a restaurant and pub in Honolulu at Koko Marina, 7192 Kalaniana'ole Highway.

Updated: May 18, 2017

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Beer List

  • 4.40% abv.
    • Date: August 7, 2013 (#9245)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Place unknown
      Score: 17 points
      Appearance (3)
      Yellow, some haze. Thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Malty, mildly toasty. Mildly fruity.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Light-medium body, fizzy. Clean malt flavor, mildly toasty, mildly sweet. Very mild grassy, floral hop flavor, low bitterness. Clean malty finish.
      Overall Impression (2)
      Good beer. Thanks to Michele Yindrick for the bottle! Brewed by Portland and/or Redhook.

  • Awards:
    • Date: September 30, 2004 (#5438)
      Package: draught
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Reasonably black. Nice thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Grassy, roasty.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body. Really roasty. Big green hop flavor and bitterness. Nice roasty finish.
      Overall Impression (2)

  • American-Style Pale Ale
    6.00% abv.
    Awards:
    • Bronze Medal, 2007 Australian International Beer Awards
    • Date: April 15, 2004 (#5337)
      Package: draught
      Place: San Diego Brewing, San Diego CA
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright amber. Thick head. Mild fruity hop aroma. Medium fairly fizzy body. Sweet caramel malt start to finish, with a mild fruity hop flavor and bitterness. Clean sweet finish.
    • Date: August 6, 1996 (#1546)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Golden-amber, hazy, low carbonation, good head. Aroma similar to Pacific Golden (19-1545) but more intense. Good body, maybe even too thick. Bitter finish, but cloying aftertaste. Again, inconsistent...although Really Good bottles seem hard to find.
    • Date: January 13, 1996 (#1243)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Sure Save, Kamuela HI
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Too big head. Amber, fizzy. Spicy fresh hop nose! Caramel and bitter, good hop flavor. Caramel malt finish. Overcarbonated.
    • Date: July 27, 1995 (#1105)
      Package: draught
      Place: Hooter's, Honolulu HI
      Score: 12½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Red-amber hazy. Big white head. Thick caramel and bitter hop nose. Thick caramel flavor, some bitterness in middle, finishes sweet.

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    Coffee Flavored Beer
    5.30% abv.
    Awards:
    • Silver Medal, 2007 Australian International Beer Awards
    • Date: December 21, 2009 (#8088)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Liquid Solutions, Tigard OR
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Dark dark red. Moderate dense head.
      Aroma (3½)
      Nicely malty, chocolatey.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Light body, creamy. Malty and chocolatey with just a hint of coffee roastiness. Sweet lingering finish.
      Overall Impression (1½)

  • Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer

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    Longboard Island Lager
    Dortmunder/Export or German-Style Oktoberfest
    4.60% abv.
    Awards:

  • Oceanic Organic
    French & Belgian-Style Saison

  • Pacific Golden Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout