Brennecke’s Beach Broiler in Poipu is the perfect spot to grab a drink by Kauai’s beautiful coastline. After many watered-down hotel Mai Tais, I was more than grateful to find a spot that made real drinks — delectable, refreshing, and (most importantly) strong! Adored by locals and tourists alike, this place is a must-visit.
The restaurant doesn’t start serving food until 11. The bar, however, opens a little earlier, so if you’re early like we were, grab a spot at the bar and order up a Double Shot Spicy Bloody Mary. Trust me. It was one of the best Bloody Mary’s I’ve tasted; super spicy, and had me feeling buzzed after just a few sips. “This is the first time I’ve felt drunk since we got here!” I exclaimed to Eric as I slurped up the last remnants of peppery goodness. “I’m getting another drink!”
Eric next tried the “Original Brown Nipple,” a coconutty, banana creamy delight. By the time we’d finished round two, we were feeling rather tipsy. I’m fortunate that any of my photos are in focus. We decided it was time to get real food, and agreed to share the Barbecue Kalua Pork Nachos.
I had worried whether one order of nachos would be enough for us — that is until our waiter deposited the plate on our table. Before us now stood a tower of freshly cooked tortilla chips covered in layers of black beans, Kalua pork, sweet and tangy plum BBQ sauce, melted cheese, jalapeños, sour cream, and guacamole. As if that wasn’t enough, our waiter topped it off with a large bowl of chunky salsa on the side. I’m a huge fan of nachos, and these stand out in my mind as some of the finest I’ve ever eaten.
The sampler came with the Fire Rock Pale Ale, Koko Brown Ale, Longboard Island Lager, and the brewery’s newest selection, the Castaway IPA. While I enjoyed all the beers, the Koko Brown Ale was by far my favorite. Made with real coconut, the flavor was unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. Who knew coconuts would so excellently go with brown ale? Luckily for us, Hawaii did. The Longboard lager was smooth and refreshing. The Fire Rock Pale Ale was a nice balance of hops and yeasts, and even the Castaway IPA wasn’t too hoppy for me! I’m usually not an IPA lover, but I actually enjoyed this one a lot. Several of Kona’s beers are available in the continental United States, but, unfortunately, the Koko Brown is only available in Hawaii.