BY MONICA SALTER — With much excitement – Maui Brewing Co. opened its doors to the public this past week. The debut O‘ahu restaurant is located on the second floor of Holiday Inn Resort® Waikiki Beachcomber overlooking bustling Kalakaua Avenue.
“At Maui Brewing Co. – we see ourselves as curators of the craft beer lifestyle and movement in Hawaii, as well as stewards of the community,” said Chris Thibaut, CEO of restaurants at Maui Brewing Co. “We have a great passion for local food and local beer and are proud to open our first O‘ahu location in partnership with Outrigger, a locally based company whose values closely mirror our own.”
Executive Chef Terry Lynch serves up a menu inspired by flavors of the Pacific and traditional pub fare favorites to satisfy all palates. The restaurant proudly pours a flagship line-up of beers: Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Pineapple Mana Wheat and Coconut Hiwa Porter – as well as limited release beers like Blood Orange Lorenzini Double IPA, Haleakala Sunryes IPA, POG IPA and Lemongrass Saison. Comrade Crafts – beers made by other craft breweries – including varieties that are not available anywhere else on island. All of the beers offered on tap will be available for purchase in growlers and crowlers that can be enjoyed responsibly outside of the restaurant.
“Outrigger is proud to partner with this innovative local brewery to bring an authentic taste of Hawai‘i to our guests and community,” said Sean Dee. “Enhancing our product here in Hawai‘i as well our Outrigger Resorts in Fiji, Thailand, Mauritius, Maldives and Guam is a top priority; we’re confident that Maui Brewing Co. will provide a vibrant new experience for our guests and we look forward to toasting to its success.”
Maui Brewing Co. worked with award-winning WCIT architecture to create an open-air dining experience enhanced by craft industrial design incorporating the craft-beer heritage as well as Hawai‘i’s rich culture. The restaurant’s design highlights local artists, just as its menu highlights local farmers and craftspeople. A visually exciting element to come is a 70-foot kinetic wall on the building façade, the first of its kind in the state and made to simulate the movement of waves across the water.
The company’s love of beer is brought to life throughout the restaurant with kegs and growlers used as light fixtures and a stairway entrance that features a large info graphic detailing the scientific process behind brewing beer.
Maui Brew Co. Waikiki is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and from March 1, 2017, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.