Maui Brewing Co. breaks ground this summer in Kihei where a new facility will be constructed to meet its business demands. “We knew we were going to be growing,” said Garrett W. Marrero, who founded the company in 2005 with his wife, Melanie. The two operate a seven-barrel brewpub in Kahana and a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina.
Having acquired 5.3 acres in the Maui Research & Technology Park neighboring Maui Economic Development Board offices, Maui Brewing Co. plans to phase out its 10,000-square-foot brewery in Lahaina once the new 42,000-square-foot facility in Kihei is completed. The BrewPub in Lahaina will remain open and the new brewery in Kihei is targeted for completion in summer of 2014.
Marrero said he chose Kihei, in part because of the “we got a good deal and have always wanted to open a south side brewpub” and the need to meet the business’ growing demands. “Right now we’re trailing our orders by 50 percent,” he said, adding that a new brewery will allow the company to meet its current demand and “have room to continue expanding”. Aside from the brewery, the Kihei location will also house a distillery, a tasting room and eventually a BrewPub. “It’s going very well,” he said about his business. “People want to support local. They want to support something that’s authentic to the islands,” Marrero said as he explained Maui Brewing Co.’s success. Maui Brewing Co. beers are sold in 11 states and four countries. The company employs about 63 people at its Kahana and Lahaina facilities.
Maui Brewing Co. describes itself as a “truly Hawaiian brewery.” The company has been Hawaii’s largest brewery since 2010. Beers are packaged in eco-friendly materials with cans manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. The cans, according to Maui Brewing Co., have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage which can compromise the taste. A unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting.