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Mahalo for Joining Us!! -- HJCC Chopsticks & Wine Mini Series: Virtual Beer Workshop

MAHALO For Joining Us! - HJCC
Chopsticks & Wine Series: Virtual Beer Workshop


By: Steven Teruya, Event Chair

Saturday, December 5th, 2020, featured chamber member companies, Beer Lab Hawaii and ZIPPY’S at our first Virtual Beer Workshop.


The workshop was highlighted by locally crafted beer paired with “off the menu” chicken WingZ by Zippy’s.  Thank you to Nick Wong, co-founder of Beer Lab Hawaii and Trevor Luke, Culinary Director from Zippy’s for that very engaging and informative workshop…maybe just my imagination, but it appeared that Nick was getting more engaged as the tasting went on.  While others may disagree, I personally enjoyed the MILILANI RED with the Savory Li Hing wings as the pairing seemed more pronounced than what I normally experience with wine pairings.

Lastly, thank you to the members of the committee, Mai Shiomi, Sid Hamada, Arnold Hirotsu, Lyle Takeuchi, Marc Nakamoto, Craig Hirasaki, Gordon Nihei, Gordon Kagawa and pick up location volunteers, Greg Kawakami, Rick Mishima, David Miyasato and Eslie Medallon.

There’s a few more Beer Lab Hawaii insulated tote bags available for sale at $10.  Please contact Mai Shiomi at the HJCC office if you are interested.

For those that missed the ZOOM presentation, you can view it by clicking on the YouTube link:

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View a recording of the presentation on our YouTube channel!!

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