Hand Crafted Beer and Food


160707 Staff PhotoOur favorite things in life, though not necessarily in this order, are great FOOD; quality CRAFT BEER; fun, creative PEOPLE; and live MUSIC. Big Island Brewhaus is a community gathering haus that combines all these treasures for our community and visitors to our island.

We create and serve locally sourced, fresh, handcrafted food that is as creative and delicious as the beers we brew. We work closely with local farmers, fishermen, cheese, bread & ice-cream makers and bee keepers (to  name a few) whose quality products make our food as fresh and natural as possible. Keeping it small on the Big Island is one way to help sustain our beautiful island & world!  We are honored to have been certified by the Surfrider Foundation as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant and to be the 2nd Blue Zone Approved restaurant on the island!

Our passionate, hard-working brewers have been consistently winning awards with the beers they produce in our 10 barrel brewhaus and they have fun doing what they do best — brewing world class beers one batch at a time. We offer a virtual world of beers: lagers, pilsners, porters, stouts, bocks, crème ales, Belgians and of course pale ales and IPAs – all that beg to be paired with our diverse, craft cuisine – turning an ordinary meal into an extraordinary experience. Our most recent accolades include: a 2018 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal for Odin’s Sword, 2018 Bronze Medal for our White Mountain Porter in the U.S. Open Beer Championships, Men’s Journal’s  included Overboard IPA in their list of “101 Best Beers in America” and we were included in Food & Wine’s January 2016 issue as one of their “20 Reasons to Love Hawaii Now”.

We started bottling in April 2013 and our three flagship, multi-medal winning beers; Overboard IPA, Golden Sabbath, and White Mountain Porter (as well as several seasonal beers) are available in share-worthy 22 oz bottles across our island and the State of Hawaii in liquor and grocery stores, restaurants and resorts!

Live Beer, Live Food, & Live Music! We all deserve great music and this island is an amazing wealth of talent! We support local musicians with our original Songwriter Showcase the first Wednesday of each month and Open Mic Night every Thursday.  Fridays we feature live music from the dinner hour on to start off your weekend.

Mahalo for joining us at Hawaii’s Highest Brewpub at 2,764 feet above the sea!

Aloha! Prost! Cheers! Tom & Jayne Kerns — Owners

About Thomas Kerns

AboutTomThomas Kerns began home-brewing for fun in 1988. Fun became fiery passion evolving into a career by 1992. He broke into Oregon’s early micro-brewing scene with McMenamins Breweries, working and learning the trade in many of their various brewpubs between 1992-1995.

Tom was recruited by Forest Brewing Co. in Manila, Philippines in 1996 where he designed, engineered, installed, opened and operated their brewery for one year. The brewery-restaurant did well there – creating a new awareness and appreciation of fine locally handcrafted beer.

In 1997 he moved to Maui to open Fish & Game Brewing Company. Here Tom developed a large following who appreciated his robust & smooth brewery creations. New ownership in 2005 brought more exposure, success, and accolades as newly renamed Maui Brewing Company won two Silver medals at the prestigious 2005 Great American Beer Festival; then Gold and Bronze Awards at the international 2006 World Beer Cup; followed by two Gold, a Silver and Bronze Medals at the 2007 North American Beer Awards; then a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2007. In April of 2008 his beers won Maui Brewing Company two Silvers and a Bronze Award at the 2008 World Beer Cup and a Bronze Medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

In Feb. 2007 Tom was with Maui Brewing Co. as they opened a production brewery in Lahaina, featuring a canning line which started to satisfy the demand for handcrafted beer on the island of Maui, in the state of Hawai’i, and beyond. Maui Brewing Company began canning with, three of their most popular local crafted beers, all originated by Tom, Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, and 2006 & 2008 World Beer Cup Gold & Silver Medal winner, Coconut Porter.

Tom believes that the heart of a community, and the creative culture of a brewpub, are essential to a brewpub’s core attraction. His desire to continue enhancing brewing traditions from around the world with creative, robust yet balanced, quench-worthy beers of many different styles and origins – both new and old – drives him on. His approach continues to create new levels of appreciation in those who taste his creations.

Tom followed his passion to the Big Island of Hawai’i… he and his wife Jayne dreamt of a brewpub in the upcountry town of Waimea and started turning the dream into reality in August of 2008 with the purchase of Tako Taco Taqueria, a sweet little Mexican restaurant in the heart of Waimea. While running the restaurant they made improvements (like building the bar and harvesting bamboo for the beer garden fence!) and built their brewery which had it’s grand opening on March 4th, 2011. Since then they and their team have continued to March Forth! Within 6 months Overboard IPA won a gold medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championships with silvers medals going to the White Mountain Porter and Red Giant in the same competition. 2012 brought more U.S. Open Beer Championship medals and their medal count in that competition in 2013 and 2014 was high enough to make Big Island Brewhaus one of only 2 breweries in the United States to remain on their Top Ten Breweries in America list for two consecutive years!  2014 also brought medals for Overboard IPA and Golden Sabbath at the World Beer Cup (the planet’s largest international beer competition) and a medal at the Great American Beer Festival (the largest competition in the world) for Golden Sabbath! Mele Maibock won a U.S. Open Beer Championship gold medal in 2015. Our White Mountain Porter earned U.S. Open Beer Championship silver medals in both 2016 and 2017 and another bronze medal in this competition in 2018!