Billed as the western most brewery in the United States, the Waimea Brewing Company on the island of Kauai brings is your answer for a truly local craft beer. Having gone to the Kona Brew Fest for several years we had tried a few of the Waimea Brewing Companies beers but didn’t really think to stop in until we were on the island and inadvertently driving by.
And we’re glad we drove by and noticed it. We stopped on a trip in late fall 2009 (this review is coming a little late, so any updates let us know). The brewing company is stuck amongst cottages as part of the Waimea Plantation Cottages which is an amazing spread of well kept lawn and huge vacation cottages. The location looks as though it’s out of an old plantation house (hence the name) and the open air feel is evident throughout. We sat down to enjoy lunch on the back lanai overlooking the expanse of lawn.
We stopped in at about 2 pm, so I would imagine the lunch crowd (whatever crowd could possibly be on Kauai) was done and the servers were taking their lunch break. The service was good, although let’s face it, we were there to try some beers and it took a while to get our first drinks so we didn’t get to try as many as we want. A sampler would have been the better route to take.
We tried an IPA on the list which for the life of me I can’t remember what it was called. It was supposedly new, and although I can’t remember the name, the taste was delicious. After that we went for a Pale Ale, and didn’t have time for another. They definitely have some good beers.
On the food side, it’s your standard bar food. We had the nachos which were huge, they could have been our meal alone. After that we both had burgers which were good, nothing spectacular but did the trick.
All in all it was a good stop in. I believe the restaurant portion was new, so that could have explained the somewhat unspectacular menu and the so so service. But for a brewery on another island, you can’t go wrong. I would say definitely stop in for a few drinks!