Yelp Elites took over OOBC and it was a blast!
This past Thursday, 12/14/17, we welcomed into the brewery 20+ Yelp Elite to sample our beers, learn a little about our brewing process, and also a little about the history of 716 Pacific Ave. As we all know, the Yelp Elite are not the softest of critics. We took a bit of a risk inviting the likes of the Elite folks into the brewery, especially as the first Yelp Elite event ever to happen in Tacoma! But… we were pretty confident in the product we serve, our amazing staff, and the Yelpers themselves. And as far as we can tell all have been satisfied.
The Yelp staff, Mia and C. Hayley, put together greeting, candy bag making, and card making stations while the Odd Squad prepared tables of delectable delights put together by 3uilt. Meats and cheeses and pickles and light bites to delight all palates! While all of this was going on the Beertenders prepared a tasting for the Yelp Elite. They started off with the Notteronsense IPA. Whilst sipping this nicely balanced IPA they all got a tour of the back of the house and a little lesson on the brewing process by our head brewer, Greer Hubbard. Followed by the IPA was our flagship Ottermelon Hefeweizen. More talk about back of the house and then we moved on to a little about the history of the brewery, where we came from and where we are now. How we like to incorporate tradition with a twist… just like our Winterface Warmer Warmer, a favorite among the Elites. We ended with the Comrade Otter’s Imperial Chocolate Stout, which Carolyn (co-manager/social media sensei) touts as the very best cupcake ingredient, EVER. The patrons were so please with this brew that Greer tapped our very last, sacred 1/6bbl keg to share with the Yelpers. Oh boy, were they blown away!
While sipping the 5oz pour of a very tasty, heavy brew, Carolyn took them up the mysterious spiral staircase for the grand finale. A little lesson in the history of this Veteran owned and operated brewery in the heart of downtown Tacoma. The Army insignia remains on the pillars of the ballroom of what was the African American USO. The drywall dust that covers the old printing press. The maps and pictures that used to adorn the walls. The Yelpers in attendance were so appreciative of this historical tour of our little, precious space on 716 Pacific Avenue and we couldn’t be more proud to share it with them!
So, whether you love or loathe the Yelp community, one thing is for certain… they are passionate about their interests and sharing that with others in the community. We were happy with all the positive feedback and were super proud to be the first Yelp Elite location in Tacoma! Cheers!