STOPWATCH BAR & GRILL
OK, this may seem a bit out of place in an issue dedicated to health and wellness, but come on—even the most fit among us need a big, chilled frothy glass of bad-for-you goodness every now and then. (Plus, it can be plausibly argued that beer at least covers the “Spirit” potion of the Mind, Body, Spirit equation.) Grab a hop-and-barley big gulp at this Upcountry sports bar—just be sure to use two hands. Their 22 oz. super pint can be filled with either the ubiquitous New Zealand import Steinlager or an array of Kona brews. Augment with a jalapeno cheeseburger and e-n-j-o-y. 1127 Makawao Ave., Makawao, 572-1380.
I include this only because of a recent visit I made to the Kihei location with the wife and a couple compatriots. After waiting in the insanely long line for half-price sushi, we finally scored a table and my friend ordered a Corona, thinking he’d have a few sips of beer with his discounted rolls. What arrived was a 24 oz. beast that hit the table with a dull thud. To be fair, they do warn you on the menu that the Corona comes only in supersized form—and my friend managed to finish the thing with few complaints. 1881 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 879-0004.
Fred’s is known for a few things. Cheap tacos probably top the list, but beer definitely beats out the killer view for the number two slot. An associate who dips her beak at Moose’s downstairs neighbor with some frequency describes the big beer option as a “fishbowl.” You can fill that bowl with any of the numerous beers they’ve got on tap. Have enough and you might start seeing actual fish swirling in the bottom, a sure sign it’s time to put the brakes on, or at least make sure your DD is hasn’t wandered off to the beach. 2511 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, 891-8600.
CAFÉ MARC AUREL
We like to promote local ale whenever possible (see below) but there’s an undeniable fact that can’t be ignored: our friends in Europe make pretty excellent beer. One example is Germany’s Franziskaner Hefeweizen, which comes in a lovably large bottle at Wailuku’s hip little café (which is known for its wine but deserves credit for carrying an intriguing array of beers). One rule with this baby: forgo the glass and handle the bottle. Builds character. 24 N. Market St., Wailuku, 244-0852.
MAUI BREWING CO.
So this is kind of cheating because technically I don’t think you’re supposed to drink them at the bar, but no list containing the words “ginormous” and “beer” would be complete without mentioning the growler. A half-gallon brown glass jug that can be filled with any of MBC’s locally made libations, the growler is yours to keep, drink, wash (water only, no soap) and refill as often as you like. Not for the casual sipper, but if you’re a hard-core beer lover, this is pretty close to a must-own. 4405 Honoapilani Hwy., Kahana, 669-3474. MTW