New Kona Brewery ready for tours

Brewmaster and Director of Brewery Operations Ryan McVeigh poses at the new Kona Brewery. PC: Kona Brewing Hawaii

Kona Brewing Hawaii’s new 30,000-square-foot brewery in Kailua-Kona is now fully operational and ready for tours.

The six-year project, down the road from its pub and original brewery built 28 years ago, is one of the most anticipated breweries on the islands. It was developed with environmentally friendly standards in mind, the company announced in a press release on Monday, March 28.

Now, after months of quality control testing and mastery of the facility’s new equipment, the brewery produces the brand’s Big Wave Golden Ale and Longboard Island Lager, among other favorites. With the new capacity, all beer brewed in Hawaii will remain exclusively on the islands.

“The construction of our new brewery symbolizes the growth of the Kona Brewing brand in Hawaii over the past 28 years,” said Billy Smith, President of Kona Brewing Hawaii. “We have evolved from a humble 14,000 keg brewery to a facility better suited to demand here on the islands and able to scale well into the future with us. We’ve proudly surpassed quite a few major building and brewing milestones to get here.”

Kona Brewing Hawaii has partnered with Ball Corporation Hawaii to source all of its aluminum cans.


“Ball is a wonderful partner whose local facility is on O’ahu,” said Smith. “We are excited to partner with a company that shares our passion for sustainability, community and quality.”


Public tours of the new facility are now also possible. Reservations are required and can be made at

Each tour consists of a group of 12 people and is suitable for people aged 15 and over. It includes four 4-ounce beer samples for those 21 and older. Tour parking is at the original Kona Brewery and Pub at the Growler Shack, 74-5612 Pawai Pl. Kailua-Kona, 96740, at the very end of the cul-de-sac of Pawai Place. The cost is $20.

Private events are also available. Call 808-334-2739 to learn more.


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