I love beer. And I love food. It’s sort of common knowledge the that it can be hard to find great bar food, especially on small tropical islands – but the Kona Brew Pub on the south side of the Big Island never fails to please. The Kona Brewing Company has been producing beers locally since 1995 and have grown their array of beers quite vigorously. Although six packs of several of their beers can be found at nearly every place on the island that sells beer, at the Kona Brew Pub in Kailua-Kona beer and food lovers can not only find an even larger array of beers on tap but also a full menu of awesome – or ono, Hawaiian for delicious – food to fill up on for lunch or dinner.
At the pub you’ll the option of gourmet pizzas with unique toppings. From Pacific themed toppings to classic Italian, you can choose from one of their signature pies or create your own. The appetizers, or pupus, are also really great. My personal favorites are mac nut pesto cheese bread and the Kawaihae Cajun seared ahi has a wonderful reputation. There’s also sandwiches and some salads to enjoy.
Now for the beer. Remember that it’s always a good idea to try what they have on draft, since they offer beers not found in stores. A personal favorite is the Black Sand Porter, the Koko Brown, and the Pipiline Porter. The Waialua Wheat is truly amazing for a lighter golden ale with a hint of lilikoi , or passion fruit.
Along with good food and drink, complimentary brewery tours are available daily from 10:30 a.m. to to 3 p.m., seven days a week. Tour the flagship brewery (the beer is also now produced in Oregon) and get an inside look at the crew of six who produces the brew.
You can dress up a bit at the pub, or roll in straight form the beach with sand between your toes. Just make sure to go either way. I spent an evening their last week and can vouch for the fact you may want to make reservations first :)