Big Island Brewhaus and Tako Taco Taqueria off Mamalahoa Highway in Kamuela,
Owners, Thomas and Jayne Kerns favorite things in life though not necessarily in
order - Food, Beer, People and Music. Great food deserves Great BEER which deserves Great people who deserve
Great MUSIC. The intention at The Big Island Brewhaus is to provide all of these
in our Public Haus. The food begins with rich traditions from New Mexico and
beyond tying together all-natural southwestern flavors with natural foods from
the Big Island of Hawai'i- most of produce is grown organic and made
locally; including but not limited to fresh greens, tomatoes, avocados, limes,
beef, fish, tortillas and sodas. Keeping it Small on the Big Island is one way
to help sustain our beautiful world! The small 10 barrel brewhaus is kicking out
some great award winning beers. Tom, Daniel, and Kaiao are having lotsa fun
doing what they do best -- brewing world class beers one batch at a time- A
virtual World of Beer- that begs to be paired with our robust and spicy Mexican
Cuisine- turning an ordinary lunch into an extraordinary experience. Live Beer,
Live Food, & Live Music.
Brewmaster Thomas Kerns
Thomas 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 the brewery for one year.
The brewery-restaurant did well there - creating a new awareness and
appreciation of fine locally handcrafted beer.
In 1997 he came 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. Most recently in April of 2008 he won two Silvers and a Bronze
Award at the prestigious 2008 World Beer Cup and a Bronze Medal at the 2008
Great American Beer Festival.
In Feb. 2007 Maui Brewing Co. opened a larger production brewery in Lahaina,
featuring a canning line which has begun to satisfy the demand for handcrafted
beer on the island of Maui, in the state of Hawai'i, and beyond. Maui Brewing
Company's new facility brews and cans three of their most popular local crafted
beers - 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. We believe handcrafted beer is
local liquid art.
Tom followed his calling to the Big Island of Hawai'i... he and his wife Jayne
dreamt of a brewpub in the upcountry town of Waimea. The project began with the
purchase of Tako Taco Taqueria, a successful Mexican restaurant in the heart of
Waimea. Operating the restaurant since August 16, 2008 the brewery was added in
early 2011. The grand opening for our own beer was March 4th 2011. Since then we
have Marched Forth! Within 6 months the Overboard IPA won a Gold Medal at the US
Open Beer Championships with Silvers going to the White Mountain Porter and the
Red Giant in the same competition. One can find up to 15 distinct Brewhaus beers
at any one time. Ales, Lagers, Belgian-Styles, traditional and outside the box
-- New creations brewing all the time; come check it out!
Big Island Brewhaus
64-1066 Mamalahoa Hwy Unit A
Kamuela, Hawaii, 96743-7309
Phone: (808) 887-1717
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