The Ultimate Guide to Oahu Breweries
Kaka’ako is an up and coming beer neighborhood in Oahu. The area was once home to production of Hawaii’s Primo beer, launched in 1901 and popular for decades after.
Primo was acquired by Pabst and production of the beer moved out of Hawaii but the historic brewing district of Kaka’ako was reclaimed as a beer destination by local craft brewers who have started moving operations into the Honolulu neighborhood.
In addition to Kaka’ako brews, Oahu breweries can be found in Waikiki, greater Honolulu and Oahu’s windward coast.
See the list of Oahu breweries in Google Maps.
- Waikiki Brewing Company
- Maui Brewing Co.
- Honolulu Beerworks
- Aloha Beer Company
- Hana Koa Brewing Co.
- Beer Lab HI
- Kona Brewing Co.
- Broken Boundary Brewery
- Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Co.
- Olomana Brewing Company
- Lanikai Brewing Company
- Inu Island Ales
Waikiki Brewing Company intro’d its first location in Waikiki in 2015. It is now the third largest producer of craft beer in Hawaii and offers an award winning lineup of beers, all of which are brewed on site.
Maui Brewing Co. has been producing award winning beers for more than 15 years. They make 100% of their brews in Hawaii and have a selection of island hard seltzers.
Founded in 2014, Honolulu Beerworks uses unique and locally sourced ingredients. They also have a robust and experimental barrel aging program. Their Kaka’ako pub displays works from local artists.
The Aloha Beer Company offers a variety of beer styles from ales to porters to IPAs, all brewed in house.
Hana Koa Brewing Co. is a recent addition to the Kaka’ako brewing scene that set out to capture the unexpected in its brews.
Founded in 2015, Beer Lab HI was built around experimentation. They supply local homebrewers ingredients, host homebrew competitions, and even offer sensory training workshops. A more recent addition to their operation is their cured salami, produced in house.
Kona Brewing Co. “makes liquid Aloha”. They were founded on the Aloha spirit in 1994 and their vision is to reflect the spirit, culture, and beauty of Hawaii in their local craft beers. Kona Brewing Co. is now one of the best-selling craft brewers in the world. Their menu offers beer pairing suggestions so you can craft well-balanced flavors with your meal.
Broken Boundary Brewery was founded on a respect for tradition paired with innovation. The brewers study traditional techniques and use authentic ingredients to create their traditional styles of beer. This paired with research guides their new, innovative beers.
Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Co. opened in 2016. They are in a transitional period now as their beers are not currently in production but plan to re-release them in the future. Their tap room is now serving local brews from other breweries in a casual, bring-your-own-food environment.
Lokahi Brewing has great early reviews, but no website and a location coming soon to 1160 S. King St. Honolulu.
Windward Coast (East Cost)
Olomana Brewing Company in Island Craft Beer & Gifts have a tap room serving a few of their own beers (Three Peaks Hawaii) on draught. The rest of the beer selection is from local Hawaiian brewers.
Lanikai Brewing Company uses premium, rare, and exotic ingredients grown by local farmers or foraged across the Pacific. They make 100% of their brews in Hawaii and are a strong supporter of reducing environmental waste in every part of their process.
INU Island Ales is dedicated to defining the Island Ale style. They offer a variety of island punches and IPAs.
Maui Brewing Co.
Pearlridge & Waipio
Beer Lab HI
Other Ways to Drink Beer
- Growler Hawai’i
- BREW’d craft pub
- Off the Wall Craft Beer & Wine
- Grace in Growlers
- Taps & Apps Brewpub
- Village Bottle Shop
- Off the Wall
- Shaxi Hawaiian Brewski Tour – visit three breweries with pickup and dropoff
*Experience Rating is from the overall Google rating of that location.
^Average beer rating is from the overall beer rating on Untappd
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