Even though the company has become a popular micro-brew on the mainland, it still maintains its roots here in Kona, and invests a lot into the community.
The facility in Kona offers a tour and tasting, but not being beer drinkers we wanted to check out the food!
After disembarking from the plane in Kona and picking up our rental car, we took a short 15 minute drive to the facility. Its incredibly close to downtown Kailua-Kona, so if your staying at one of the local resorts this place should be on your list to check out.
They serve a variety of “elevated” pub food with a Hawaiian flare and reasonable island prices. (A medium 12″ specialty pizzas cost around $20 and a full dinner salad $13.) Our favorite pizza was the hand-tossed Greek (pictured above) loaded with garlic infused olive oil base, fresh garlic, mozzarella, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and feta cheese. We also were big fans of the Strawberry Spinach salad with fresh baby spinach covered with strawberries, toasted macadamia nuts, Gorgonzola and sweet onions. Served with strawberry vinaigrette on the side.
The waiter gave us a run down of all of their available beers and we explained that we are not beer drinkers. I’m not sure if it’s the hops or the barely, but neither of us have ever been fans. He gave us some suggestions to try and then brought out three samples to see what we thought; Longboard Island Lager, Big wave Golden Ale, and Fire Rock Pale Ale. Surprisingly we both liked the Longboard Island Lager, especially with that Greek pizza.
Its a little hard to find, its in an industrial area, but we’ve included a map and a link to it on Google Maps below. It can get pretty popular, so make sure to allow for extra time if your going during typical lunch or dinner hours.
They have indoor and lanai (outdoor) seating. Since most places don’t have AC, we opted for the outdoor seating. Even though it is in an industrial area, the tropical landscaping and umbrellas make you feel like you are in a tropical oasis.
They have an hour long guided tour that includes a gift (of some kind), four 4oz beer samples. We didn’t take the tour because they don’t allow kids under the age of 15, but its probably worth checking out if your a fan of good beers.
- Go during the off-peak hours to avoid the crowds. Since Hawaii doesn’t observe daylight savings time, your lunch time is going to be off anyhow!
- Their pizzas are filling, so sharing it along with a salad makes a good (and pretty inexpensive meal) for two.
- If you’re interested in taking a tour, call 808-334-2739 and request the Growler Shack (ext. 4215) with questions.
- Google Maps: Kona Brewing Co.