Best Beer, Wine and Distillery Tours on Maui
Maui may be a relatively small island, but it boasts five of the biggest adult beverage producers. Whether your tastes favor beer, wine, vodka, whiskey or rum, there’s a tour for you. Most of the tours are child-friendly, but you’ll want to ask before booking if you’re planning on bringing your kids. Here are five tours to take while on Maui, listed alphabetically.
Hali’imaile Distilling Company (Makawao)
Located Upcountry in the heart of pineapple country, the Hali’imaile Distilling Company produces handcrafted spirits and presents them in the brands Pau Maui Vodka, Maui Moon Vodka, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum (rocker Sammy Hagar’s brand) and Paniolo Whiskey. Tours last roughly 30-45 minutes and are open to all ages. The fee is $10 per person, but children under 12 are free. Tastings are not included in the cost of the tour, but they are available.
Kohola Brewery (Lahaina)
If you’re staying on the west side, Kohola Brewery is the only game in town if you’d like to do an alcohol tour. Known for their Lokahi Pilsner, Kohola Brewery offers 30-minute tours on Thursdays and Fridays at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. The tours are $10 per person and you must be 21 and over. While there, you’ll receive an intro to the beer making process, as well as a tour of the brewhouse, cellar room, and the entire brewery.
Maui Brewing Company (Kihei)
Six 45-minute daily tours are offered between 11:45 AM and 3:15 PM. On the tour, you will check out the brewhouse, cellar and how the beer gets packaged. At the end of the tour, there’s a tasting with your guide. The tour is available for adults and children 10 and up. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed so make sure to plan accordingly. The Maui Brewing Company brewery location in Kihei recently opened their dining room (finally!), so before or after your tour, you can settle in for a nice meal.
Maui Wine (Kula)
You wouldn’t think Maui has the right climate for growing grapes and making wine. But way up there up the side of Haleakala, the folks at Maui Wine have pulled it off. They not only grow grapes in their vineyard for “traditional” wines, but they bottle a local treat, pineapple wine. OK, pineapple wine isn’t for everyone, but some people swear by it. It’s definitely worth a try. If you pop up to the winery, for $10 – $15, you can sample a flight of five wines. With your flight, you can take a complimentary tour. Tastings are available daily from 10 AM – 5:00 PM, with tours offered at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.
Ocean Vodka (Kula)
Whether you drink vodka or not, the Ocean Vodka tour is quite fascinating. From where/how they get their water from the ocean to the shape of their iconic bottles to where they harvest their sugar, you’ll learn everything there is to know about Maui’s most popular vodka. At the end of the tour, there’s a tasting and you also receive a keepsake shot glass. The address says Kula, but it’s actually not that far from Kahului. It’s also located next door to the Surfing Goat Dairy. We recommend you pop by Surfing Goat for some outstanding goat cheeses and handmade chocolate truffles… and photo ops with the goats, of course.
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