In 2014 I got to visit the original brewery in Kailua-Kona on Big Island, which I loved. As time went by and I had new locally made truly craft breweries opening all over the island, it was rare to head back to Kona's Pub. Going there didn't feel special anymore; times had changed quickly. I won't go into the controversy in this post over what is "craft beer" and what does "locally made" mean; but the fact is, Kona Brewing Company makes some really good beers. In the past year or so, I've seen another turn around in the Koko Pub; it's fun to come here again. The staff is plentiful, professional, and seem to truly love their jobs. The quality of food has gone back to what I remember. And most important: beer is key again. Kona always had a fantastic selection of beer types, but lately they've been experimenting more both with global beer trends and Hawai'i inspired ideas. For a long time I'd stop in and have nothing new to try; now, it seems there's always a handful of new limited and seasonal brews.
|Sunset over Waimanalo Bay
(If anyone from Kona Brewing Company is reading, a suggestion about Untappd: The brewery is an Untappd Verified Venue. I was excited to see the Koko Marina Pub was also earlier this year, although briefly. I've since noticed it not longer is, which is a disappointment. Please consider trying the platform for a longer period, the live menus work wonders for constantly changing selections.)