Maui Beer Spots
Let’s be honest, one can only drink so many Pina Coladas and Mai Tais. Luckily, a new world full of hops and malts is making a name for itself in the Hawaiian Islands.
Here on Maui, the craft beer scene has steadily been on the rise. Home to award-winning breweries and a slew of taphouses, there is no shortage of local beer to discover.
From Maui’s most popular restaurants and bars to incognito saloons, local beers can be found on draft just about everywhere. To save you some time drinking your way across the island, we’ll break down some of the best local watering holes, happy hours, and breweries to visit.
North Shore & Upcountry
Having only just opened on the 1st of September, 2021, Ben Kopf’s shiny new microbrewery is a sight for sore eyes (both for eager local residents and an excited team that’s been working on this for over 3 years). Pukalani has needed more options for dining and time out, and this is as good as it gets. The 2-story new building across from Long’s has amazing bi-coastal views, delicious food from Upcountry Sausage Company, and Restaurant Marlow right next door. The beers are delicious (try the New England IPA.)
30 Kupaoa Street UNit 101, Makawao
Located in a bright orange building with yellow trim and colorful art adorning the walls, it’s hard to miss the vibrant Cafe Mambo. While this local eatery only has several beers on tap, Cafe Mambo is home to the cheapest happy hour in town. Grab a discounted tropical cocktail or a pint of a local craft beer. Thanks to its location on Baldwin Avenue and its open layout, Mambo is also a great place to people-watch the funky characters of Paia.
30 Baldwin Ave, Paia.
If you’re a beer lover planning a visit to Maui, a stop at Maui Brewing Company is an absolute must. MBC is Hawaii’s largest craft brewery with several locations on Maui and Oahu. MBC’s beers are brewed at their 85,000 square foot flagship location in Kihei, which is also home to a tasting room as well as a full-service open-air restaurant and bar. 60-minute brewery tours give guests an inside look at what goes into brewing beers on Maui, as well as insight into their incredible sustainable practices. MBC is powered almost entirely by solar energy, and they try to recycle everything they can. Their used grain is repurposed by local Hawaii farmers and used as animal feed, and even the carbon released in the brewing process is used to carbonate their soda lines! As for their beers, Maui Brewing brews both seasonal beers and year-round staples and isn’t afraid to tackle a trickier brew like a saison or sour.
Kihei: 605 Lipoa Pkwy. Kahana: Kahana Gateway Shopping Center.
Nestled between South Shore Tiki Lounge and Dog and Duck, some of the island’s most popular bars, What Ales You has remained one of Maui’s best-kept secrets. Home to an extensive wine list and a handful of craft beers on tap from all corners of the country, What Ales You is a gem for those on the hunt for a quality brew. In addition to serving beer and wine, What Ales You has their hands on one of the best chicken wing recipes in the entire state. It’s rumored that in the 1980s, a woman from Korea used to sell her kimchi chicken wings in Waikiki. They were so popular that people would often line up around the block just to get a taste. Eventually, the woman closed her practice and the wing recipe was nearly lost. The recipe eventually fell into the hands of What Ales You and the delicious wing legacy lives on- and they just so happen to pair delightfully with a cold craft beer.
1913 S Kihei Rd, Kihei. Closed Mondays.
Open until 2 am and serving food until midnight, Pint and Cork is a favorite among both night owls and hospitality industry folks. Pint and Cork stays true to its name with 16 rotating craft beers on tap and a considerable wine list. A good chunk of the 16 draft beers is brewed in Hawaii, making Pint and Cork an easy one-stop-shop for those looking to get a taste of Hawaii’s craft beer scene. Pint and Cork is a family-friendly establishment and sports fans will be pleased to find multiple TV’s around the restaurant as well. The Shops of Wailea.
Shops at Wailea, 3750 Wailea Alanui Dr.
With 36 beers on draft and 69 TVs that stream every single major sporting event, Kahului Ale House is hands down Maui’s most popular sports bar. The Ale House truly does it all. Their menu expanses an array of cuisines, from burgers and pizzas to local-style plate lunches. Ale House even recently added a sushi bar to their operation. With a stage for live music and several pool tables, there’s always something happening at the Ale House. Located less than 10 minutes from the airport, the Ale House is a great place to enjoy a local brew before catching a flight home.
355 E Kamehameha Ave, Kahului.
Overlooking Ma’alaea Harbor and serving fish fresh out of the ocean, Tante’s Fish Market is one of the most idyllic places to enjoy an ice-cold brew. What’s more is that Tante’s is home to one of Maui’s longest happy hours, a whopping six hours, from 12 pm to 6 pm daily. In addition to drinks, Tante’s happy hour menu lists an assortment of ono seafood dishes, from fried ahi belly to fresh poke bowls.
Harbor Shops, Ma’alaea Village.
***The Lahaina area in West Maui was devastated by wildfires in August 2023 and it will be some time before things in this area get back up to speed. In the meantime, for a beer in West Maui, check out Monkeypod Kitchen in Whalers Village, Pailolo Bar & Grill, or the Seahouse Restaurant in Napili.
Having hopped across the pond from Honolulu, Waikiki Brewing has recently opened a new location on Maui on Front Street in Lahaina. While some brewers get as creative as they possibly can, Waikiki tends to stay true to the traditional aspects of brewing. However, this is not to say Waikiki Brewing lacks creativity. They manage to consistently produce traditional beers with fresh twists, like their Jalapeno Mouth Amber Ale- each batch brewed with fresh chilies. Their classic take on brewing will please both those with a devotion to domestic beers and fans of craft brews.
900 Front St B-1, Lahaina.
Are these the only places for a Maui Beer?
Absolutely not! There are many others, but these are just some of our favorite spots for a beer on Maui. From pale ales to pilsners, and even from seltzers to spirits, local brewers know how to suit all tastes. No matter where you may end up for happy hour, you’re sure to find a Maui-made or Hawaii-made brew. Thanks to Hawaii’s ever-expanding brewery and beer industry, it has never been easier to get to know the flavors of the islands.
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