When researching things to do on Maui besides the obvious (relaxing, walking on the beach, watching incredible sunsets), I came across the Maui Brewing Company. Since D is such a beer fiend, I thought a tour of the brewery would be the perfect activity to do on our first day there.
The Maui Brewing Company began operations in 2005 and creates handcrafted beers using only natural ingredients. It is the island’s only microbrewery and is one of Hawaii’s fastest growing companies. The tasting room at the brewery is open five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday), although tours are only offered on Fridays and Saturdays (a total of three tours on each day).
The tour costs $10 and lasts for approximately 30 minutes. Some neat tidbits we learned from the tour is that Maui Brewing only uses cans, not glass bottles, since cans protect the flavor of beer a lot better. I would think this is especially important when located on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. One of their beers is a CoConut Porter (this was D’s favorite, more on this in a bit) and there are toasted coconut chips added to the beer while it is fermenting. All ingredients the brewery uses in making its beers are local to Maui, something I greatly admire in terms of sustainability. Its canning line operates at a run rate of 300 cans per minute.
The tour concludes in the tasting room where all participants are given a flight of beer (a tasting of all the beers on tap, usually six). They include Bikini Blond Lager, described as the closest thing to an American lager; Big Swell IPA, which is brewed with four different kinds of Northwestern hops and malted barley; CoConut Porter, which is brewed with six varieties of malted barely, hops and hand-toasted coconut; Mana Wheat, an American style wheat ale infused with Maui Gold Pineapple; and Pau Hana, a Pilsner style beer.
I didn’t try the beer flight as I discovered that they also make their own root beer. This I gladly drank instead since I don’t really care for the taste of beer. The root beer was delicious and is made with pure Maui cane sugar, Maui honey, and Maui vanilla bean. It’s an all natural and local product with no preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, or caffeine.
The brewery is located in the Lahaina, so if you’re staying in the area, it’s definitely a neat activity which also won’t take up too much time of your Maui day. Although children may find the tour of the facilities a bit boring, they’ll certainly enjoy the root beer at the end of it.
Maui Brewing Company
910 Honoapillani Highway (next door to the Sugar Cane train depot)
(reservations are recommended for the tours)
They also have a pub style restaurant which is located on the same highway, just in the opposite direction of the brewery. After the tour, all participants are given a token which is redeemable for a free beer at the restaurant. We ate there for dinner that night. The food was good, portions very large.
More in this series!
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Hotel review-Aston Mahana at Kaanapali
Restaurant review-Merriman’s Grill
Tour Operator Review-Valley Isle Excursions
Attraction review-Al’li Kula Lavender Farm
Restaurant review: Cilantro Grill
Tour Operator Review: Pride of Maui
Luau Review: Drums of the Pacific
Driving to the Sun
Ululani’s Shaved Ice Review