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World’s Best Mai Tai Revealed At The Royal Kona Resort

World’s Best Mai Tai Revealed at the Royal Kona Resort

Chicago’s Kevin Beary takes top title of Mai Tai World Champion and wins $10,000 grand prize

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii  (August 21, 2017) – The Royal Kona Resort hosted the ninth annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival on August 19 showcasing 21 of the world’s top bartenders and mixologists as they competed for the title of Mai Tai World Champion.

The 2017 Festival crowned Kevin Beary of the Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago, Illinois, the winner of the $10,000 first place prize and coveted title as the creator of the “World’s Best Mai Tai.” Justin Kipapa of the Myna Bird Tiki Bar in Honolulu, Hawaii placed second and received $5,000. Third place prize of $2,500 was awarded to Paul Schreuder of Bar Leather Apron in Honolulu, Hawaii.

For the past nine years, the Royal Kona Resort on the Island of Hawaii (Big Island) has been celebrating the popular Mai Tai cocktail gathering hundreds of visitors to cheer on their favorite mixologist. The three-hour contest produced unique recipes paying tribute to the classic rum drink with the cocktail creations judged by a special panel based on taste, creativity and name.

The 10th Annual Mai Tai World Championship is scheduled for August 18, 2018.

For more information please visit http://www.donsmaitaifest.com.

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