This Waikiki brewery has all that and so much moreA La Carte
July 11, 2021
Story By: Ginger Keller | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Come as a guest, leave as ohana” is Maui Brewing Co.’s slogan, and the reason why locals and visitors alike flock to the eatery in Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger.
“Join us for a meal, but stay for a pint!” notes general manager and partner Shawn Shelton. “Here, we celebrate our Maui roots and provide plenty of room for soaking in the Hawaiian sun while enjoying handcrafted food and drinks. Our commitment to utilizing the best in fresh, locally sourced produce is reinforced with an artisanal, natural island-inspired cuisine.”
Its bar, for example, features more than 35 craft and specialty beers on tap, including Maui Brewing year-round, as well as special releases and more straight from independent craft breweries.
Though it’s best known for its tasteful ales and other alcohols, don’t sleep on Maui Brewing Co.’s food offerings. Take its Veggie Burger ($15.50) as proof. A house-made patty — which comprises black beans, brown rice, macadamia nuts, carrots, flax seeds and an herb blend — is centered around vegan mayo, lettuce, tomato, sliced avocado and pickled ginger on a toasted wheat bun.
“The veggie burger is big on flavor, while being health-conscious,” chimes Shelton.
Meanwhile, meat lovers can indulge in Spicy Mexican Beef Nachos ($21), which melds together crispy corn tortillas, spicy ground beef, a melty cheese sauce with chiles, pico de gallo, black beans, sour cream, guacamole and cilantro — the perfect accompaniment for an ice-cold beer.
As a nod to local ingredients, the Three Mushroom Pizza ($19) is a white sauce pie with cremini, shiitake and Hamakua mushrooms, and is topped with crispy fried onion strings. Its Bikini Blonde crust, though, is just another component that makes this dish shine.
And, finally, to finish any well-rounded meal is the Honey Toast ($10), which pairs toasted Japanese-style brioche bread with a local fruit compote, vanilla ice cream, Kupu Spirits whiskey caramel sauce and a honey drizzle. Drooling yet?
“Who doesn’t love dessert? As we know, beer is liquid bread, so honey toast is a great complement with any of our fruit-forward brews,” says Shelton, who adds that the restaurant produces more than just beer — hard seltzers, non-alcoholic sodas, canned cocktails and much more can also be found on the menu.
To that end, happy hour runs daily from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and includes discounts on beer, culinary and classic cocktails, pizza and select appetizers. Also, be sure to check out live music 6-8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays.