Maui Brewing Co. continues to surf success while rolling over waves of growth. In 2005, the brewery opened its doors. In 2006, its facility in Lahaina started production. In 2007, Maui Brewing cans became available. In 2008, a remolded brewpub opened and its beer debuted in California. In 2009, the brewery doubled its production with another expansion in Lahaina.
Now, according to Maui TV News, Maui Brewing is announcing a new brewery in Kihei, Maui. The new location will allow the brewery to increase production five-fold and to be in closer proximity to the port. The article notes: “[Maui Brewing’s] facility will be located on a five-acre plot of land in the Maui Research and Technology Park and will house a new brew house and eventually a second brewpub. Sustainability will be of paramount importance in design including PV, Solar thermal, ‘cogen’ and potential waste to energy conversion.”
Maui Brewing founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, currently operate a 7-barrel (bbl) brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-bbl production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing is truly a local beer as 100 percent of its products are made in Hawaii
According to the article: “In 2012, Maui Brewing Co. produced approximately 22,000 barrels of beer and expects to produce over 24,000 this year. ‘If we find a way to brew more, we will; we simply cannot make enough beer to meet demand,’ said Marrero, 34. ‘It’s a good problem to have, but still a problem. No new markets have been added recently and none will be until Kihei is fully up and running. We are experiencing tremendous growth in our home market, our community and visitors want more real local beer.’”
In addition to brewing more craft beer, the Kihei location will allow the brewery to expand into other areas. Plans include distilling, as well as producing handcrafted sodas, ciders and meads for folks that cannot drink beer due to a gluten-free dietary restrictions.