On our way to southeast Oahu and the North Shore, we stopped at Kona Brewing Company, a restaurant that serves food and the beers made on the Big Island, which the staff affectionately calls the “Mother Ship.” One of their distinctive brews is the Pipeline Porter (available on the mainland), a smooth and dark beer blended with Kona coffee. The Longboard Island Lager (also available on the mainland) is smooth and slightly spicy, a great all-around beer. Another interesting one is Wailua Wheat, which contains lilikoi. At the restaurant, all their beers are on tap.
One good way to taste their beers available only on-tap is to purchase a flight, a sample of four 4-ounce glassfuls, which you can select. Our flight consisted of Black Sand Porter (very dark, bitter, chocolatey, roasty), Duke’s Blond Ale (light, crisp), Lavaman Red Ale (caramel, orange-red in color, malty), and Wailua Wheat (medium, slightly sweet, passion fruit, tangy).
This is a great place to stop before or after visiting southeast Oahu.
Kona Brewing Company (Koko Marina Shopping Center)
7192 Kalaniana’ole Highway
Inside Hawaii Kai, waterside