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2011 Surly Darkness


Surly Darkness 2011 label

On October 22, the 2011 vintage of Surly Darkness will be unleashed. Having featured everything from a vampire to a mummy to the devil since its bottled release in 2007, 2011’s theme will be a zombie. The inscription on the label reads:

Oct 22, 2011 1127 hrs
Journal of Omar Ansari–Day 1460

I can hear them outside again, pounding at the gate. This marauding army of undead can’t be held at back much longer. Their thirst for Darkness is unrelenting, and my fuel and rations will be gone by nightfall. Only the robust flavors of this massive Russian Imperial Stout will appease them. I must give them what they want. I just hope we have enough. No! The gate has been breached. I hope that help soon…

Will you be at Darkness Day? Visit them at SurlyBrewing.com.

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Beer Bloggers: Win a Trip to CANFEST!


CANFEST Beer Blogger Contest

CANFEST, which Mutineer Magazine is proud to be sponsoring, is a little over two months away! Do you want to go, but running low on funds? Do you have a blog about beer? Then you’re in luck.

Now through September 15, CANFEST is offering those with an established beer blog (meaning you didn’t build a blog simply to participate in this contest) an opportunity to write one blog post, centered on why they deserve to come to CANFEST. Be creative, be funny, it might help your chances.

To enter, visit the CANFEST Facebook, “Like” them and then click on “Trip Giveaway!” on the left side menu. After you’ve posted your blog, enter your first and last name, email, and the URL to your blog. Don’t have Facebook? No worries, just email constance@abbipr.com once the blog is live.

Once CANFEST has a compiled list of blog posts, they will host each link on a protected online survey, open it for votes, and pick a winner based on votes. The winner will be flown to Reno for the weekend and have the opportunity to attend all of CANFEST’s festivities. CANFEST will put you up for Friday and Saturday night, give you a complimentary ticket to the beer dinner and CANFEST event, and grace you with our presence of awesomeness.

Seriously, it’s that easy.

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Event Recap: 2011 L.A. Craft Beer Crawl


L.A. Craft Beer Crawl

Photo by Steven Armstrong

On Saturday in Los Angeles, ”Beer Chicks” Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, local craft beer mavens and authors of The Naked Pint: An Adulterated Guide to Craft Beer, re-teamed with Cedd Moses, the Cosimo de’ Medici of L.A.’s cocktail renaissance, to host the second annual L.A. Craft Beer Crawl—a two-part, seven-hour beer tasting event that led intrepid imbibers on a bibulous journey through the city’s Historic Core.

Whether you’re aware of it or not, Los Angeles is in the midst of a craft beer revolution—the size, speed, and strength of which continues to astound even the most hopeful observers. Four years ago, L.A. was a craft beer desert—a barren wasteland in an otherwise fertile craft beer-producing state. But today, the L.A. Metropolitan Area ranks among the fastest growing craft beer markets in the nation, thanks to a recent proliferation of craft beer-serving bars and restaurants, and a burgeoning brew scene led by such local favorites as Craftsman Brewing Company (Pasadena), Ladyface Ale Companie (Agoura Hills), Strand Brewing Company (Torrance), The Bruery (Placentia), and Eagle Rock Brewery (Los Angeles).

The return of the L.A. Craft Beer Crawl further evinces L.A.’s growing love affair with craft beer. And the fact that two competing large-scale craft beer events took place on the same day, at the same time (Hollywood’s Blue Palms Brewhouse—a leader in the local craft beer revolution—celebrated its 3rd anniversary that afternoon), demonstrates just how expansive the local movement has become.

Unfortunately, the unforgettable zeitgeist of last year’s L.A. Craft Beer Crawl did not seem to carry over to Saturday’s event. That may be partly due to the concurrence of the Blue Palms celebration, which—with its more esoteric tap list—drew the lion’s share of L.A. beer geeks. But I think this year’s emotional drop-off had more to do with the organizers’ decision to divide the crawl into two sessions: an earlier, limited admission VIP event, and a later general admission event. The division made for a much more relaxed crawl. But it also took the steam out of the event; the second annual L.A. Craft Beer Crawl never quite reached critical mass, and it failed to imbue participants with that vital sense of camaraderie. Last year’s participants left feeling like they’d been a part of something special. But this year’s participants left feeling like they’d got what they paid for: a pleasant afternoon featuring unrestricted access to plenty of great beer.

Among the fifty or so beers on tap that afternoon, these seven L.A. area beers stood out as my favorites:

  • Cismontane Brewing Co.’s Antigua Caturra Infused Citizen. A California Common infused with coarse ground coffee to impart a rich coffee flavor without affecting the brew’s golden hue.
  • Craftsman Brewing Co.’s Smoked Black Lager. Los Angeles craft brewing pioneer Mark Jilg’s take on a traditional Schwarzbier.
  • Craftsman Brewing Company’s Sour Braggot. This beer has a sour nose that tickles the back of the throat, but it goes down like honey (with a bite). If you like sour beers, Craftsman’s Sour Braggot is a must-try.
  • Eagle Rock Brewery’s Stimulus. This Belgian-style Amber is infused with Intelligentsia coffee. Try it alongside the Antigua Caturra Infused Citizen.
  • Strand Brewing Co.’s Double Dry Hopped 24th Street Pale Ale. Poured from a fresh cask, this beer smells of citrus and gumballs, and tastes like heaven.
  • TAPS Fish House & Brewery Helles Lager. Brewmaster Victor Novak’s crisp, easy-drinking, traditional German-style lager.
  • TAPS Fish House & Brewery Oak Aged Thomas Jefferson. An American Strong Ale aged for a year in American oak. A full-bodied beer with layers of vanilla, caramel, and toffee.

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Newcastle Brown Ale: Shadow Art Billboard


Using only a single light source and thousands of real-life Newcastle Brown Ale bottle caps, two well-known New York shadow artists have partnered with Newcastle to bring to life a 128 square foot shadow sculpture. Check out the video above to see how the shadow art was created.

A very cool ad by Newcastle Brown Ale, nicely done.

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Issue #11 Mutineer Interview: Dos Equis’ The Most Interesting Man in the World


Jonathan Goldsmith

It could be argued that Dos Equis’ “The Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign has produced the most iconic beverage personality of the modern era. The campaign’s central character has become the alpha male of a generation through his anecdotes of gentleman’s wisdom and timeless stories of chivalry and adventure, transcending beverage culture and earning a well-deserved place within the mainstream popular culture of the United States and beyond.

In this latest and most glorious edition of the Mutineer Interview, we go behind the scenes and set sail on the mighty Pacific with actor Jonathan Goldsmith on his live-aboard sailboat on a mission to understand exactly how one goes about playing The Most Interesting Man In The World.

Mutineer Magazine: Was the role of “The Most Interesting Man in the World” designed specifically for you?
Jonathan Goldsmith: No. I don’t think they knew who it was written for, but they had a concept. I got a call about this character that they had in mind and they didn’t know exactly what they were looking for, but it was going to be done on an improvisational basis, and the end line was, “And that’s how I arm-wrestled Fidel Castro.”

So I went to the audition and there were 300 people whom I thought looked more right for the character then I did. I thought my agent sent me on a wild goose chase and that I didn’t have a chance in the world. But I put on an accent and improvised and they let me go on for a little while. Afterwards, I called my agent up and said, “Thanks, but this is ridiculous. They’re not looking for me.” A month went by, I was called back, and now there were only 100 in the room. Another month passed and I had totally forgotten about it. My agent told me that they were looking around the country and they hadn’t found who they wanted. We got another call, and this time there were only three of us. They did a full screen-test and I got it. I was the lucky guy.

But now I have a chance to make people laugh, to perhaps make some social comments and to affect people to the point where they remember more of the lines than I do.

What is your previous experience as an actor?
I’ve had a very good acting career in television. I’ve guest starred in over 350 shows and I did a lot of great television. I was on “Knots Landing” for half of a season, as well as Dallas and Dynasty, and I did some very good pilots with great writers. Again, it goes back to having good luck. I starred in a TV pilot for Sidney Furie, who did marvelous pictures like “Lady Sings the Blues”.

Over my entire career what I wanted to do most was comedy. However, I was the bad guy, always killing somebody or being killed…actually, one time I did have a chance at comedy in a TV pilot. And despite the fact that the director said, “My God, we’ve found the comedy discovery of the year!” the pilot didn’t sell and I went back to playing bad guys. But now I have a chance to make people laugh, to perhaps make some social comments and to affect people to the point where they remember more of the lines than I do.

In a way it’s kind of bittersweet. Though I always thought I was a good actor, the proverbial brass ring had eluded me…until now.

Can you talk about the experiences filming “The Most Interesting Man In The World” campaign?
It’s like a movie set. There is a huge crew and the people are the best. I’ve never worked with a finer group in my life, each of whom shares in the success of this campaign.

At first, it just felt like a great job and I had no idea that it would ever go past the first three or four days of shooting. I was delighted when they called me back again. I could see that there were other dimensions to this character, that he wasn’t just a one-liner. He has a past life that is continuously revealing itself through the creative process.

I’ve tried to find nuances within this character where I can merge some of my own life experiences with his. It is nice to be able to make some social comments and pass on a legacy of sorts that brings a smile to people’s faces.

To continue reading this Mutineer Interview, click here.

The Bruery Black Tuesday 2011 Release Information


Black Tuesday

Since 2009, The Bruery’s Black Tuesday has been one of the most talked about beers each year. This year, the monster 19-22% abv barrel aged imperial stout is back and it appears to be in much larger quantities as well, with The Bruery Reserve Society members being able to purchase 6 bottles in addition to the one bottle included with their membership, compared to the three you were allowed to buy in 2009 and in 2010.

See below for full detail of the 2011 release of The Bruery Black Tuesday:

It’s time again for another Reserve Society allocation. The following beer will be available for order between August 12th and September 2nd at society.thebruery.com

Black Tuesday:
Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.

Learn more about Black Tuesday at here.

• As a Reserve Society member, one (1) bottle of Black Tuesday has already been allocated to you as part of your initial membership fee. You may purchase a maximum of six (6) more bottle allocations for yourself. Each allocation is $30 before your 15% discount. Bottles will be released on or around Tuesday, October 25th. Official release details will be made known closer to the date.

• We will be holding a small release party on October 25th. Information and tickets for the party will be released in September.

• Remaining bottles of Black Tuesday will be sold to the general public through an online sale on October 25th. Bottles will be limited and we can not guarantee that you will be able to purchase a bottle during the general release sale.”

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Dark Mild Dubbed Champion Beer of Britain


Great British Beer Festival

With the Great British Beer Festival having just been wrapped up a few days ago in Earls Court, London, only one beer could stand above the rest as GBBF’s Champion Beer of Britain. This year, it was Mighty Oak’s Oscar Wilde of Maldon, Essex. Oscar Wilde, which has an ABV of 3.7%, is described in CAMRA’s (Campaign for Real Ale) Good Beer Guide 2011 as a “roasty dark mild with suggestions of forest fruits and dark chocolate. A sweet taste yields to a more bitter finish.”

The Maldon brewed real ale was crowned the Supreme Champion over a host of other finalists in 7 different beer categories (Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters, Golden Ales, Milds, Winter Beers, and the Speciality class), including beers from both small microbrewers and large regional brewers.

The Final judging panel’s Roger Protz was pleased with the results of the competition, saying “Oscar Wilde was a stand out winner, universally praised by the judges for its overall quality. Once again a dark beer has triumphed over paler beers!” He continued, “it’s a beer with great depth of character, and for the style has a lot of hop bitterness as well. It proves that a dark beer can be refreshing even in very hot weather.”

In the overall category, second place went to Marble brewery’s Chocolate, and the Bronze award went to Salopian brewery’s Shropshire Gold.

The Americans, not to be outdone, competed in the GBBF’s Michael Jackson American Cask Ale competition. This year, the prestigious award went to Green Flash Brewery’s Palate Wrecker Double IPA from San Diego, California. Second place was awarded to Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Extra IPA and third place to Brewers Union 180 Wotcha (a la Chinook) Best Bitter.

Ian Garrett from CAMRA, organizer of the competition said of the American entries, “the judging process has been particularly difficult this year due to the huge range of beer on offer. The USA Cask Ale bar had over 100 different beers and the standard was very high.”

Dave Sanders the manager of the bar and the head brewer at Kirkstall Brewery in Leeds, UK commented on the winning beer. “Palate Wrecker can truly be described as an awesome beer. A huge depth of flavour and bursting with fresh hops. The technique used to brew this particular beer appears to be quite revolutionary.”

Good showing, America!

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Brewers Association Reports 2011 Mid-Year Growth For U.S. Craft Breweries


Brewers Association Statisitics

Dollar growth up 15% in first six months of 2011; U.S. sees rapid growth in breweries in planning

Boulder, CO – The Brewers Association, the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has released strong mid-year numbers for America’s small and independent craft brewers¹. Dollar sales were up 15 percent in the first half of 2011, excluding brewers who left the craft segment in 2010². Volume of craft brewed beer sold grew 14 percent for the first six months in 2011, compared to 9 percent growth in the first half of 2010.

Barrels sold by craft brewers for the first half of the year are an estimated 5.1 million barrels. Despite many challenges, the mid-year numbers show signs of continued growth for craft breweries. The industry currently provides an estimated 100,000 jobs, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy.

“Craft brewers continue to innovate and brew beers of excellent quality,” noted Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. “America’s beer drinkers are rapidly switching to craft because of the variety of flavors they are discovering. And they are connecting with small and independent craft brewers as companies they choose to support.”

The U.S. now boasts 1,790 breweries—an increase of 165 additional breweries since June 2010. The Brewers Association also tracks breweries in planning as an indicator of potential new entrants into the craft category, and lists 725 breweries in planning today compared to 389 a year ago. Additionally, the count of craft brewers was at 1,740 as of June 30, 2011.

“There is a growing interest in establishing new breweries,” Gatza added. “It seems like every day we are hearing about a brewery in planning. Will they all make it? No, but many will if they produce high-quality, interesting craft beers and can get them to market through self-distribution and beer wholesalers and beer retailers.”

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