Uncovering 5 of the Best Breweries in Maui

With an abundance of award-winning breweries, boasting flavors both unique and classic, Maui has become a preferred destination for beer lovers.

Want to find out which ones are among the best? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

We’ll take you through the five best breweries in Maui so you can sample some of the island’s most exciting beers.

Grab your favorite mug and prepare your palate – it’s time for a trip around Maui’s taprooms.

1. Maui Brewing Company

It’s go big or go home at Maui Brewing Company, Hawaii’s largest brewery. Their Kihei branch serves as a brewpub, a spacious gathering spot with a lanai. Booth and table seating can observe games played outside while live music keeps you company.

36 handcrafted ales and lagers infused with aloha spirit are presented in colorful strips of all various fonts – a hint to the personality of your brew.

Year-round beers including Bikini Blonde, Pineapple Mana, and Coconut Hiwa are served on tap alongside special releases.

Try the 4-class beer flights or go big with a 16oz pint! Or, order MBC-to-go in 4-packs and 6-packs. Those with sizeable parties may share Maui eats like loaded nachos, tacos, and hand-kneaded pizzas.

Happy Hour runs Monday to Friday, 3:30-4:30pm with house drafts and craft cocktails at $1-$3 off.

This Maui brewery is also community-focused. Expect frequent events like Leilani Farm Sanctuary Pint Nights and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui meet-ups. You can also sneak a behind-the-scenes look for $20.

Mahalo Aleworks Brewery in Maui
Photo by Mahalo Aleworks Brewery in Maui

2. Mahalo Aleworks

Located on the slopes of upcountry Maui, Mahalo Aleworks is for the dedicated craft connoisseur.

The vaulted beams and airy furnishings contain one of the best breweries in Maui – and equally stunning views from the lanai and second-floor balconies. Get cozy at a beer garden table or leather loveseat inside.

The beer selection ranges from IPAs to Lagales and Sours. Choose from names like Farmhouse, Dank Cryo, Callista, and Mango. For something robust and well-rounded in the summer, try the English Brown Ale.

Those who come for the atmosphere and not brews may enjoy the wines-by-the-glass and non-alcoholic drafts. Those who come for the brews but can’t stay for the views can grab to-go beer packaged in recyclable cans.

Food comes in two types: a gourmet sausage cart with smash burgers and a few vegan options, or wood-fired pizzas and charcuterie served at the taproom.

Lucky for those with tots, it’s also a family establishment complete with a baby changing table!

3. Koholā Brewery

Kohola Brewery has earned its place on Maui’s Best Breweries list, having produced award-winning crafts such as Talk Story Pale Ale, Lahaina Haze, and Lokahi Pilsner.

They also won awards for Best Collaboration and Best Package Design, which put them in various magazine features.

Located in the heart of Lahaina, the brewery is small, cool, and consistent. Walk into the warehouse set-up for a great range of brews!

Year-round brews run from pale ales to the creamy Mac Nut Stout. Reviewers also praise the Lohaki Pilsner and dark beers.

The tap room offers beer-tasting flights that are perfect for first-time visitors. We recommend visiting with friends so you can try the full menu.

The BYO food policy means picky eaters can cater to their own tastes. Pack away nachos and munchies for the daily Happy Hour hangouts from 4-6pm. Alternatively, unwind from a long workday or full-day exploration with a trivia night.

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4. Waikiki Brewing Company

Waikiki Brewing Company has found its feet in Maui, craft beers now available at their Lahaina shop front. Because it’s never too early or too late for beer, they’re serving brunch, lunch and dinner.

Their signature Core 9 Drafts promise variety, featuring solid pale ales like 808 Pale Ale, fruit-infused Hana Hou Hefe, and roasty coffee flavors in Black Strap Molasses Porter.

Most are available in cans to go. Limited releases include Citra Smash and Misfit Toys IPA – all well-loved by recent visitors. Cocktail drinkers will love their beer cocktails and craft concoctions.

Happy Hour is 2-5pm daily with Core 9 Drafts for $5.50, Growler Fills for $12.
Of course, don’t go without munching on small eats either!

Their smoked ahi dip is a great side. For heavier fare, try their burgers with your choice of sea salt fries, sticky rice and slaw. The slow-smoked meats are also chef’s kiss.

5. What Ales You

Are you a serious hophead or vinophile? Have you been ailed by the thought of delicious ales?

What Ales You has firmly held onto its spot as a Kihei neighborhood staple despite the many drinking holes around. Good beer, good food, and good service makes for a triple threat.

The clever naming extends to their 20 changing taps – you’ll be Knee Deep in their Hibiscus Blonde or piling up the Irish Red Sand ale before you know it.

They also serve porters, IPAs, kombucha and sours. Grab your drink at the counter then settle on the covered patio for those chill Hawaiian vibes.

The easy-going tavern and grill have also been praised for its casual pub grub. Their burgers are stacked, while poppers and toothpick grinds pair nicely with an afternoon drink.

Don’t miss out on their special deals too: Taco Tuesday, Wing Wednesday, and Aloha Friday delivers on a discount.