At The Boardroom Kailua we are Farm to Table craft cocktail bar and restaurant. We work really hard to source local wherever possible and lucky for us we get to work with a lot of wonderful local products in creating our rotating signature cocktail menus. Creating local signature cocktails for the bar program includes thinking about local sourcing for a variety of items including: custom ice, garnishes, bitters, fresh fruits and vegetables we juice daily, spirits and beers. Customers often ask us what what beers and spirits are local so we thought we would throw together a list of Hawaii based breweries and distilleries. Hawaii is a unique market in that we have four growing seasons yet we important ~90% of our food. Our mission as a restaurant is to celebrate local sourcing so we act as a platform to highlight the best products in Hawaii and the passionate people behind these great local products that help. This includes artists, farmers, musicians, ranchers, fisherman, distillers and brewers, and local craftsmen and women in different trades. Hawaii is a beautiful community with amazing host values that we look to honor and celebrate.
Hawaii has seen an exciting rise in its craft beverage industry. This surge is not only about unique flavors but also showcases a commitment to local sourcing and sustainability. Here is a list of some of the top breweries and distilleries, where each sip tells a story of Hawaiian heritage and ingenuity.
Breweries That Embrace Local Ingredients
Kalihi Beer - Oahu's first brewery in over a century, Kalihi Beer in Honolulu, brings a fresh wave of local brewing excellence.
Big Island Brewhaus - Innovative beers crafted with local ingredients in Waimea, celebrating the Big Island's unique flavors.
Waikiki Brewing Company - Blending traditional techniques with Hawaiian flavors, this Honolulu favorite is a must-visit.
Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Co. - This Kāneohe-based brewery on Oahu offers a range of uniquely Hawaiian brews.
Maui Brewing Company - With locations across Hawaii, they are known for their commitment to local sourcing and environmental sustainability.
Lanikai Brewing Co. - Offering innovative craft beers in Kailua, Oahu, inspired by local Hawaiian ingredients.
Kona Brewing Company - Famous for their Kailua-Kona brewery, they are a staple of Hawaiian craft beer culture.
Koholā Brewery - Located in Lāhainā, Maui, this brewery is known for its local brewing and packaging.
Kauai Island Brewery & Grill - This Port Allen, Kauai-based brewery offers a unique blend of craft beers and delicious grills.
Honolulu Beerworks - Situated in Kaka‘ako, Honolulu, they are known for their artisanal approach and local flair.
Kauai Beer Company - A Lihue, Kauai favorite, offering a range of locally brewed beers.
Hawaii Nui Brewing Company - Based in Hilo, Hawai‘i, they are known for their unique combination with Mehana Brewing.
Beer Lab HI - Offering a variety of craft beers in Mō‘ili‘ili, Honolulu.
Aloha Beer Company - A Kaka‘ako, Honolulu-based brewery with a focus on local tastes.
Primo Brewing & Malting Company - Known for their Primo beer, this Kauai-based brewery has a rich history.
Home of the Brave Beverage Co. - Located in Kaka‘ako, Honolulu, this brewery combines history with craft beer.
Hana Koa Brewing Co. - A recent addition in Kaka‘ako, Honolulu, they bring innovative brewing styles.
Mahalo Aleworks - Based in Makawao, Maui, this brewery is known for its unique Upcountry flavors.
Distilleries Celebrating Hawaiian Heritage
Kuleana Rum Works - A pioneer in Hawaiian rum-making, their Waikoloa Village location is a testament to the rich rum heritage of the islands.
12th Hawaii Distiller - This Kailua-Kona distillery offers a unique range of spirits, including Hawaiian Honeyshine.
Hanalei Spirits Distillery - A family-owned distillery in Kilauea, Kaua’i, known for its small-batch spirits and sustainable practices.
Kōloa Rum Company - Located in Lihue, Kaua’i, they offer a range of premium rums made from local sugarcane.
Hali’imaile Distilling - This Maui-based distillery is known for its Pau Maui Vodka and other spirits made with local ingredients.
Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery - In Kula, Maui, they produce unique spirits using deep seawater.
Kolani Distillers - Located in Paia, Maui, this distillery is revered for its Old Lahaina Rums.
Kupu Spirits - Part of Maui Brewing Company in Kihei, they produce distinct spirits.
Hawaiian Shochu Company - A unique distillery in Haleiwa, known for its shochu.
Island Distillers - Based in Honolulu, they produce a range of vodkas and Hawaii's indigenous spirit, okolehao.
Kō Hana Distillers - Located in Kunia, they are known for their heirloom sugarcane rums.
Ko’olau Distillery - In Kailua, renowned for their Old Pali Road Whiskey.
Royal Hawaii Spirits - Based in Honolulu, this distillery offers a variety of unique Hawaiian spirits.
The Spirit of Aloha in Every Sip
Each of these breweries and distilleries not only provides a taste of Hawaii but also embodies the Aloha spirit - a deep respect for the land and a commitment to community and sustainability. As you explore these local gems, you’re not just enjoying a drink; you’re participating in a story that celebrates Hawaiian culture and its connection to the natural world. Join us in supporting these local businesses and discovering the unique flavors of Hawaii and come into our restaurant and bar to have a taste of our wonderful local flavors.