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Beertending Battle

Mixologists gathered at Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii Kai for a “Beertending” contest

Posted October 10, 2012 by Ed Morita

Mixologists from The Royal Hawaiian, Rivals Sports Grill, Indigo, The Republik and Duke’s Waikiki gathered at Kona Brewing Company in Hawaii Kai for a “Beertending” contest to find out who can make the best beer cocktail.

I had originally planned to just to cover the event, but when I arrived, mixologist and Beertending battle master of ceremonies, Joey Gottesman, asked if I would like to be one of the judges. It was a rough job, but I was glad to step in.

The competition was fierce. Check out the action in the gallery below to find out whose beer cocktail reigned supreme.

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Beertending Battle

Photo by Ed Morita


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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