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“Best beer on Big Island”

Kona Brewing Company Pub & Brewery
Ranked #9 of 288 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 10 - US$ 20
Cuisines: Pub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: The 2,000-square-foot outdoor lanai, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and tiki torches, offers seating for 175 patrons. Customers also can enjoy a cool meal or beverage inside the air-conditioned bar area at one of several surrounding tables or at the koa U-shaped bar itself. Inside the bar area is the retail store, stocked with colorful T-shirts, hats, towels, coasters, mugs and much more.
Glen Ellyn, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Best beer on Big Island”
Reviewed 27 December 2009

My husband and I have tasted beer and visited breweries all over the world. Kona Brewing is consistently first rate, which is surprising because of its location in the tropics. We dined here 3x on this trip. We especially enjoyed the Castaway IPA, the Pipeline Porter, and the barleywine aged in bourbon barrels. The coconut brown ale is a good warmup. Be sure to ask your server what seasonal beers they have on draft. We borrowed a growler (gallon container) from our gracious B&B owner and were able to enjoy fresh Castaway on our lanai. The Growler Shack just outside the brewery entrance enables you to easily get fresh beer to take home. We also enjoyed the food--there are many different pizza combos to choose from, delightful salads (we split the strawberry spinach salad), and we also enjoyed the Imu Pork sandwich. Many dishes are made with beer or spent grains making them different than eating at your average chain restaurant. Portions are large so you can bring your leftovers home and enjoy them for lunch the next day. Although you can get some of their beers on the mainland (they are actually contract-brewed there), there is nothing like tasting these beers on draft at the brewery. Get a table outside if possible and try to go on a night when there's entertainment (often on a Sunday).

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“It's all in the beer.”
Reviewed 22 December 2009

Of course the fresh and varied beers are the highlight although there is a full service bar for those who prefer other beverages. Menu is not that large but the focus appeared to be pizza with many varieties and combos. We sampled several different varieties and enjoyed them all. Eating outdoors is enjoyable but unfortunately there's nothing to look at except the surrounding landscape and an occasional mongoose. There was good local music/singing available on Sunday afternoon/evening.

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San Diego
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“FUN!”
Reviewed 13 December 2009

Awesome lunch. Great pizza. The Pipeling Porter is so good and it's made with Kona coffee. Our food was great, but our waiter made the meal fun. The prices seamed really reasonable for the quality and quantity of the food.

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Portland, OR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Hard to find....Worth looking for”
Reviewed 8 December 2009

Went for lunch. Somewhat hard to find but was worth looking for. We only had to wait five minutes before being seated. We choose the outdoor seating. Somewhat secluded with no view of the ocean. Sipping on the beer sampler and watching the tiny geckos while waiting for the orders was great. Food arrived pretty quickly and was very tasty. Ordered the Nacho appetizer to start....it could have been lunch on its own. Leftovers for later in the condo.

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San Antonio TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Similar to a Chili's”
Reviewed 24 November 2009

Decent food, good beer. We just happen to get a SLOW waiter, 8 minutes before anyone came up to us and it was a slow night. However the dark beers I had were very good and flavorful. I am sure if I went back and had a good server I would have a better impression of the place...

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