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Mutineer Blog Contributor Spotlight: Stevie Caldarola


Mutineer Contributor: Stevie Caldarola

You probably have noticed by now that we have a lot of new faces regularly posting on the Mutineer blog. We recently recruited [read: brainwashed] some young, fresh and talented fine beverage revolutionaries to “Join The Mutiny.” And instead of letting these wild kids hide behind their tiny avatars, we decided to put them in the spotlight.

Meet Stevie Caldarola, Mutineer’s NYC craft beer scene maven and author of Mutineer’s “Craft Beer Calendar: Notable Craft Beer Events” weekly blog column. Stevie also authors the blog “Basically Read” and is the President and Founder of the “Ladies of Craft Beer”.


Mutineer: When did you “Join The Mutiny”?
Stevie: Well, I became a fan of Mutineer a couple months ago, but my first post with Mutineer was on July 27, 2010.

When you are not contributing to the Mutineer blog, what occupies your time?
Well, I am the founder and President of a group called the Ladies of Craft Beer. We are a group of women dedicated to educating other women about the wonders of craft beer. Currently, we are planning a “Beer for Boobs” brunch during the Great American Beer Festival at a brand new craft beer bar and restaurant in Denver, CO called Freshcraft (complete with full buffet, discounted pints, and raffle tickets for brewery swag. Join us, won’t you?). I also have my own personal beer blog called BasicallyRed – To Be Read, Basically, in which I cover all facets of the craft beer world. Last weekend, I tried my hand at my first ever home brew (a Belgian Black IPA called “Pain in the BIPA”) and it was love at first fermentation. I am also a member of a group of New York tri-state area beer bloggers and home brewers called BrewYork. And, supposedly, I sleep, too.

What was the last thing you drank?
Funnily enough, it was the Brooklyn Brewery Detonation Ale at the release that I just posted about- absolutely delicious!

What is your go-to fine beverage of choice?
Cheers to beer! Specifically, I find that I can always come home to a Flying Dog Raging Bitch and forget about my worries from the day.

Where do you call home?
Good ol’ NYC, baby!

What is your favorite local watering hole?
Oh, wow- that’s a hard question! There’s a couple of really great ones in New York City, but I’d have to say that my favorite is probably Bierkraft. The selection is absolutely killer (and usually quite rare) and the sandwiches are deliciously natural and super filling. Last time I was there I had Black Albert Imperial Stout and honey turkey, caramelized onions and ginger apple chutney on a baguette… and now I’m getting hungry…

What is your favorite food & beverage pairing?
Honestly, this changes with my mood. One of the best I’ve had so far was The Bruery Tradewinds Tripel with Carrmelized Bacon and Red Potatoes at Beer Table in Brooklyn.

You can only drink 3 fine beverages for the rest of your life, go:
Are we talking broad categories here? If so, then beer, coffee and water. (Water is a very fine beverage in my book). If I need to narrow it down, then I’d say Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Stumptown Coffee, and water. I think the first words out of my mouth upon trying the Bourbon County Coffee Stout were, “put this in my baby bottle and get me in my crib,” and then I finished the entire bottle… I’m not proud, but it was delish! I am getting into the new Black IPA style, however, and upon tasting 21st Amendment’s Back in Black the other day, these choices may shift a bit in the near future.

In your own words, why should everyone reading this “Join The Mutiny”?
Honestly, who doesn’t want to be a Mutineer? We even get to swashbuckle- it’s amazing, you should totally try it. Like… now. Do it!

Follow Stevie on Twitter at @BasicallyRed and @LadiesOCB. Also make sure to “like” Ladies of Craft Beer, BasicallyRed, and BrewYork on Facebook.


  1. Natalie Morgan | Friday, August 20, 2010

    Stevie — you sound like my kinda girl! I don’t really like beer, but I totally dig what you are doing!

  2. the hoparazzi | Friday, August 20, 2010

    How can you go wrong with the ladies of craft beer? This chick rocks!

  3. ashey v routson | Friday, August 20, 2010

    Love love LOVE Stevie! Thanks girl, for being an amazing friend, an amazing human and an inspiration to the ladies of craft beer!



  4. Brian | Friday, August 20, 2010

    Good interview! Hopefully I can make it to the Ladies of Craft Beer lunch at GABF next month.

  5. William Bennett | Friday, August 20, 2010

    A beautiful redhead that brews? I think I’m in love…

  6. Lee Williams | Friday, August 20, 2010

    Best girlfriend in the universe!

  7. Stevie Caldarola | Friday, August 20, 2010

    @Natalie – I love beer but I dig other drinks as well- coffee, wine, spirits, I don’t discriminate :) Thanks for the kind words, lady!

    @Hoparazzi – Blushing- why thank you!

    @Ashley – Listen, sista from another mista- I owe it all to you, as the pioneer of wench-i-ness and my role model! Big hearts to you <3

    @Brian – I hope you can, too! Tickets are about 70% sold, so get one while you can!

    @William – Blushing again! Ha- any man who thinks a dirty and sweaty brewing lady is beautiful is A-OK in my book! Cheers!

    @Lee – I love you.

  8. Micki Sievwright | Friday, August 20, 2010

    Fast becoming my role model for awesomeness! Excited to launch this LOCB adventure with you, Stevie! See you all at the Beer for Boobs Brunch during GABF!

  9. Stevie Caldarola | Monday, August 23, 2010

    Aw, thanks, Micki! I’m very happy to have you on board :) Cheers my dear, and see you at the brunch!

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