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America’s Oldest Veteran Drinks Whiskey and Smokes Cigars Every Day

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Veteran’s Day is once again upon us and as a combat veteran of Iraq, this holiday certainly hits close to home for me. And, as a journalist covering the wide world of beverage, I love when these two worlds collide; and collide they do with a multitude of veterans now working in the beverage industry. And while that’s a great story in itself, that’s not what this is about. This is about one veteran in particular and one who is the oldest known veteran still alive.

How old? 107 years old. You can’t live that old without medicine and Richard Overton isn’t shy about it either, but it’s not the medicine you’d think. His medicine you ask? Whiskey. Just whiskey.

Overton takes whiskey with his morning coffee as well as the occasional pour of whiskey in the evening with some soda water. Daily cigars, of course, are thrown in there as well for prosperity.

When asked by Fox News about whiskey, Overton told them “Whiskey’s a good medicine. It keeps your muscles tender.”

At 107 years old and still driving a car and walking without a cane, who can argue with that?



Bars and Restaurants Come To the Rescue During the Government Shutdown

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Paul Dellevigne

All across America government workers are furloughed, military commissaries are running out of food and budgets are tight. The people’s champions in this situation aren’t the politicians, but bar and restaurant owners who are welcoming those of us who could use a break.

Up in Philadelphia the birthplace of our ailing government, Red Owl Tavern is offering a couple of $6.00 cocktails and $4.00 craft beers. The aptly chosen libations are The Scofflaw and The Liberty, Yards Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale, along with 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA.

Down here in the D.C. Metro Area Granville’s Moore is offering $1.00 Stella’s. Hotspot Range, Brian Voltaggio is offering a free “Government Cheese” pizza to Federal employees, members of Congress are out of luck. My personal favorite deal belongs to Kramer Books & Afterwards Cafe who is offering happy hour all day, except to members of Congress who will pay double.

There are furloughed government workers who could use a break all over the country. Do you know of a bar or restaurant deal for them in your city? If so, please share the info in the comments section.

Image courtesy of Punch Media and Red Owl Tavern.



Booze: Drink it, Don’t Smoke It

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This seems pretty self explanatory, but from huffing aerosol cans to bath salts, some people will do anything for a cheap high … or drunk.

The new thing is “smoking” alcohol. Booze is quickly and easily vaporized by pressuring it with air and then inhaled, which basically sends it straight to the brain.

Don’t do it. Instead, make yourself an Old Fashioned, sit back, and enjoy it.

Old Fashioned
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 barspoon simple syrup
3 dashes Angostura Bitters

In a rocks glass with a large ice cube, add all ingredients. Stir to combine. Garnish with an orange peel that you’ve squeezed over the drink to express its oils.



Tales of the Cocktail? There’s an app for that.

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Tales of the Cocktail App

Heading to Tales of the Cocktail and trying to plan your seminars, tasting rooms, after parties, and anything else you might find to do? Tales of the Cocktail has an app that can help you plan your entire Tales experience with a simple and free app. See the full post »



Big Changes At Mutineer Magazine

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Mutineer Founder Alan Kropf

Greetings My Mutinous Friends,

I’m thrilled to report that we are in the midst of some spectacular changes at Mutineer Magazine. We are on the cusp of some ambitious expansion, which will be announced in the coming months, and I can’t convey in words how truly pumped up all of us are to see our vision grow.

Over the past six years, we’ve assembled an incredibly talented team of people who have worked tirelessly to bring the Mutineer vision to life. Between this incredible core of current Mutineers, and the new minds and voices we’ll be announcing in the coming months, our fine company is heading into a new and exciting era. As such, I’m taking the opportunity to step away and create a space for these new minds and voices to flourish.

In the meantime, I’m honored to be taking on the Director of Education role at Anchor Distilling Company. Anchor is one of the most influential beverage companies of the last 50 years, leading the way for the modern craft beer revolution and reintroducing pot-distilled whiskey into the United States in 1994. Today, with over 300 craft spirits products in their portfolio, they continue to pioneer the amazing craft spirits category and I’m excited to be a part of their journey.

I’ll remain on the Board of Directors and Founder of Mutineer, as well as continue my work on Drink Careers 101, but I’ll be leaving the day to day operations of Mutineer in the very outstanding hands of the Mutineer team as they take the company and vision to dizzying new heights.

It has been a humbling privilege to serve beverage culture, something that I am so passionate about, in our efforts to add something positive and inspired to the beverage culture conversation. I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished thus far and I know we’ve only scratched the surface. Stay tuned for more awesomeness.

Cheers,

Alan Kropf



VIDEO: Mutineer President Alan Kropf Speaks at TEDx

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Mutineer was honored to be asked by TEDx Napa Valley to speak at the recent conference, held at the Napa Valley Opera House in downtown Napa on December 2. Alan took the opportunity to explore the concept of cultural characters inspired by his work with Mutineer Magazine. For more information, check out this previous post on the Mutineer Blog about TEDx Napa Valley, and big thanks to all of the event organizers and sponsors.



Mutineer President Alan Kropf Speaks at TEDx December 2

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TEDx

Mutineer’s Alan Kropf will be speaking at TEDx Napa Valley on Sunday at the Napa Valley Opera House, as well as appearing at the Speaker Dinner tomorrow at the Andaz Hotel in Napa, which will feature the culinary talents of Executive Chef Sarah Linkenheil. The theme of the conference is “connected”, and Alan will be bringing his perspective on cultural characters to the conversation alongside the impressive list of talented speakers who will also be presenting.

Tickets are still available to both the speaking event and the dinner. See the full post »



MurrayAid Events to Help Seattle Bartender Murray Stenson

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Murray Stenson at Zig Zag

From Facebook to Rachel Maddow, you may have heard that legendary Seattle Bartender Murray Stenson needs help with his medical expenses to cover an expensive heart surgery. I have good news for those of you who want to help. There are events around the world being held for Murray in cities like Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and even Gosford, AU. I hope you can come out for one of these events, Murray can definitely use your support.

Click here for a list of event dates and locations. There are some pretty choice locations on here.

In the meantime, here is a post by Paul Clarke on his friendship with Murray.



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