Best beers made in Hawaii
Our favorite beers from the 808 range in flavor and intensity, including some from our obvious favorite, Maui Brewing Company, but rest assured that they’re all delicious.
Flavors & Aroma
& Hoppy Spice
Caramel & Coffee
Hints, of Tropical Fruit
Hints of Pineapple
Two Row Malt
This is the perfect summertime beer, and in Hawaii, it always feels (and looks) like summertime. Light, refreshing and smooth, this beer is “the closest thing you’ll find to an American lager.” Bikini Blonde is a filtered Munich Helles lager brewed with “floral hops, Pilsner and Munich malts,” which make it the perfect drink to sip in the sunshine.
Since their origin in England in 1800, India Pale Ales are a dime a dozen. Truly good ones, however, are few and far between. Enter Big Swell IPA, another winner from Maui Brewing Company. This full-flavored beer is brewed with four different kinds of Northwestern hops and malted barley. If you’re a fan of hoppy beers, this one’s for you.
Another great daytime beer is from our friends at Kona Brewing Company, who serve up handcrafted Hawaiian ales and lagers in their Kailua-Kona Brewpub on Hawaii’s Big Island. Hula Hefeweisen, one of their most popular choices, is a traditional Bavarian-style weissbier with a “pronounced banana/herbal flavor and aroma,” accomplished by a special type of yeast strain used during the brewing process.
Home to Hawaii’s highest brewery at 2,764 feet above sea level, Waimea’s Big Island Brewhaus offers visitors handcrafted beer with a view in the new Bamboo Beer Garden. Thomas Kerns, former Maui Brewing Company brewmaster and creator of Big Island Brewhaus, has created year-round favorites and seasonal specialties that are aimed at “brewing outside the box”.
Maui Brewing Company‘s Coconut Hiwa Porter was the first beer to use Hawaiian coconut in the brewing process in place of a typical extract. Brewed with six varieties of toasted coconut, malted barley and hops, this delicious-smelling beer offers flavors of coconut, chocolate and coffee while not being overly sweet for a beach day in paradise.
Back on Hawaii’s highest brewery, Big Island Brewhaus serves up a Strong American Pale Ale called “Paniolo” Pale Ale, meaning Hawaiian Cowboy. Featuring a British Maris Otter malt and American hop blend, Paniolo has hints of tropical fruit that make it perfect for those looking for a smooth, hoppy flavor that isn’t overpowering.
One of Maui’s most beloved fruits is the Maui Gold Pineapple, a special brand that contains 3 times the Vitamin C of other pineapples. Maui Brewing Company’s Pineapple Mana Wheat is an unfiltered, handcrafted, American-style wheat ale infused with Maui Gold Pineapple, creating a crisp and refreshing flavor that’s perfect for happy hour, beach lounging or even Sunday brunch.
Referred to as the “Pioneer of Craft Beer” in the Hawaii beer community, Aloha Beer Company Brewmaster Dave Campbell has created an assortment of unique beers that embody “the classic Hawaiian lifestyle”.
Located on Oahu, Aloha Beer Company has its own Beer Hall, serving up fresh-made favorites like the Kiawe Honey Porter, which offers a nice balance of light honey and roasted chocolate flavors.
Waikiki Brewing Company’s Aloha Spirit Blonde Ale is a light, and slightly bitter two-row malt made on the Island of Oahu. It’s brewed with Perle, Tettnang, and Cascade hops– a combination that adds to the bitterness, yet created a nice balance to the malt.