Hawaii Yelpers unite! I’ve been to numerous Yelp events in the past, but Beertopia at the Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii Kai was my first Yelp Elite event. And now I understand why it really does matter to be Elite…because these Elite events are indeed amazing. Mingling with the Yelp Elite crowd, I began to notice familiar names like Cathy T, John L, and Ramfis B. I’m so used to seeing their tiny profile photos online while reading their Yelp reviews, that it was admittedly a bit weird to see them IRL (in real life). I also finally had a chance to say hello to Yelp Hawaii’s community manager, Emi H! She’s the rockstar at these events.
The purpose of the event, not that there ever needs to be a purpose to drink beer, was to taste Kona Brewing Company’s brand new Aina Brown Ale. The Aina is the first release in their brand new Makana series, with three new beers being released later this year. I give the Aina a thumb’s up. On top of that there was complimentary pupus, live music, and lots of free swag.
This was my first Yelp Elite event, but it sure won’t be my last! If you’re on Yelp, be sure to follow me: Coty “More Hamachi Please” G.