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Breweries on the Big Island: Hawai’i’s Hoppy Hidden Gems

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For beer enthusiasts embarking on a Big Island adventure, the local breweries offer a taste of paradise unlike any other. These breweries serve unique, locally inspired beers and reflect the Big Island’s vibrant culture and commitment to sustainability. This guide gives you a peek into the Big Island’s favorite breweries, including their unique vibes, standout beers, and when to visit.

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Exploring the Best Breweries on the Big Island

Kona Brewing Co.

Kona Brewing Co. has set the bar high for over twenty years with its “liquid aloha.” At this laid-back venue, you’ll find a diverse selection of beers, from the Kona Big Wave Golden Ale to the robust Black Sand Porter. Enjoy the Hawaiian culture-infused atmosphere and learn about their commitment to sustainability. Don’t miss their brewery tours and the on-site restaurant, which offers a taste of local flavors and live music. They’re open every day from 10 AM to 9 PM.

Ola Brew Co.

Ola Brew Co. is a vibrant newcomer with locations in both Kona and Hilo. This brewery stands out for its commitment to local agriculture, brewing ciders, and beers that showcase the best of the island’s produce. The outdoor patio area is perfect for sipping their innovative brews, hard ciders, seltzers, and hard teas while enjoying the laid-back island vibes. Their hours are Mon-Thurs: 11:30 AM-10 PM, Sat: 11:30 AM-11 PM, and Sun: 11:30 AM-8 PM.

Big Island Brewhaus

Located in Waimea, Big Island Brewhaus offers a unique high-altitude brewing experience. Known for its Overboard IPA and White Mountain Porter, this cozy brewpub is the perfect spot for live music lovers and those looking to enjoy award-winning beers with a menu of diverse flavors all sourced locally and served fresh. Open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM, it’s a welcoming place to unwind after exploring the island.

Hilo Brewing Company

Hilo Brewing Company provides a family-like atmosphere in Hilo’s industrial area. Enjoy their beer selection, including the Tsunami IPA, Humpback Island Lager, Volcano Red Ale, and the Hawaiian Crow Porter, which has hints of milk chocolate brownie. The brewery and tasting room are open daily from 12 PM to 6 PM. The local camaraderie makes everyone feel welcome. It’s a great place to stop off after a day of outdoor activities.

Big Island Vacation Rentals

Breweries on the Big Island offer a unique opportunity to sample Hawaiian-inspired craft beers in a stunning island setting. Private Homes Hawai’i provides the perfect Big Island vacation rentals for your brewery getaway. After touring local taprooms and tasting the region’s best brews, you can retreat to the comfort and luxury of your private vacation rental.

Private Homes Hawai’i’s exceptional properties feature fully-equipped kitchens ideal for whipping up delicious meals using the island’s freshest ingredients. With spacious living areas, prime locations, and upscale amenities, these rentals provide the ultimate home base for exploring the Big Island’s thriving brewery scene.

Check availability now and book your stay to experience Hawaiian hospitality at its finest.

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