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Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012

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Team Mutineer on the step and repeat of The Mutineer Magazine Red Carpet Party

2011 was an incredible year for Mutineer. Our most exciting and rewarding experiences weren’t parties in London, visiting Premier Grand Cru wineries in Bordeaux or sitting down and chatting with some of the most influential personalities in beverage culture today (but those were fun too). By far and large our most exciting and rewarding experiences was our work with A Child’s Right as we spent all year raising funds to purchase and install five water filtration systems in Nepal. With the help of many amazing organizations, companies and people, we reached that goal and raised awareness for something we are incredibly passionate about: the global water crisis.

Next, was our Mutineer Magazine Third Annual Red Carpet Party and The King’s Ginger Holiday Cocktail Competition held in beautiful Napa, California. It was an incredible event and look for detailed coverage of the event in Issue 21 of Mutineer.

Also, Mutineer Editor in Chief Alan Kropf was honored with several prestigious awards. The most recent (and notable) was being named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 for food and wine. Kropf was also named to Wine & Spirits 30 under 30 which highlighted the world’s top 30 beverage professionals under the age of 30 and finally, Folio’s 13 under 30 which highlighted 13 publishing executives under the age of 30.

All of this combined with the numerous events we attended and sponsored, all of the new people we met and new friends made, all of our incredible friends, families, supporters, contributing writers, advertisers and partners, it couldn’t have been done without you.

Lastly, none of this could have been achieved without our incredible team. Erin, Phil, Julie, Chris, Ian, Ashley; you are all incredible, thank you for all of your hard work and long nights.

Mark my words: 2012 is the year of the Mutineer.

Thanks for tagging along for the ride. Cheers.



Forbes 30 under 30: Alan Kropf

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Today the Mutiny took another big step forward with Forbes recognizing Mutineer Publisher Alan Kropf as a 30 under 30 honoree, saying Mutineer is “…a magazine that actually lives up to its name, causing mutiny in bev. culture.”

Kropf is in great company with other honorees including Pete Cashmore of Mashable, fashion entrepreneurs Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen, NBA star Lebron James, actor Jonah Hill, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, musician Lady Gaga, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

According to Forbes:
Who is reinventing the world? Who should you hire today? Who will you be working for in 20 years? Who, in short, under the age of 30, matters? These are the people who aren’t waiting to reinvent the world. FORBES, leaning on the wisdom of its readers and the greatest minds in business, presents the 30 disrupters under 30, in each of 12 fields, making a difference right now.

The impressive selection committee for food & beverage included chef Daniel Boulud, restauranteur Danny Meyer (Gramercy Tavern) and Lee Schrager (South Beach Wine & Food Festival / Southern Wine & Spirits). Big thanks to all that nominated Alan and have long supported this bombastic fine beverage mutiny.

This caps off a big year for Mutineer and Kropf, with other recognitions including Wine & Spirits 30 under 30 and Folio’s 13 under 30.



Grand Marnier Kicks off the Holiday Season with The Grand Giving Tree

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Grand Marnier Grand Giving Tree

Dedicated to giving back this holiday season, iconic spirit brand Grand Marnier has partnered with three charitable organizations to help raise funds for their individual causes. World Wildlife Fund, one of the world’s largest nature conservation programs; WaterAid America, dedicated to transforming lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest countries; and Cool Earth, an organization that helps indigenous communities halt deforestation one village at a time, will participate in an extraordinary holiday program – The Grand Giving Tree.

Live now on Grand Marnier’s Facebook page, The Grand Giving Tree Facebook application will allow users to select a holiday ornament representing their organization of choice and place it on a virtual holiday tree. The organization with the most ornaments by December 31st will receive a $10,000 donation. The giving will not stop there. Grand Marnier acknowledges the significance of the causes featured and will award a secondary amount to each of the remaining two organizations. In addition, all users who hang an ornament on the tree can enter to win $1,000 for themselves to spread holiday cheer to their family and friends.

“We are so excited to be partnering with such amazing organizations,” said Pamela Broyles, Marketing Manager for Marnier Lapostolle Inc. “The holidays should be about giving, and we are honored to be able to contribute to these deserving causes.”

Recognizing the importance of social media in our digital world, Grand Marnier is tapping into an audience of millions and encouraging them to give back in a non-traditional way.

“By utilizing a hugely popular platform like Facebook, The Grand Giving Tree will bring people together through social networking and the power of goodwill,” concluded Broyles.

Take a moment to get involved during the holidays by visiting The Grand Giving Tree on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/grandmarnier and choose your cause’s ornament today.



The Big Hurt Beer and Song

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It’s true, Frank Thomas has his own beer. The future hall of famer known as The Big Hurt has a beer called Big Hurt Beer, a “crisp, full flavored American lager.” He, apparently, also (unofficially) has a song about it.



Give the Gift of Clean Water This Holiday Season

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Source water at four of A Child's Right's school installation sites prior to filtration through A Child's Right systems
Source water at four of ACR’s school installation sites prior to filtration through our systems. Water high in terribly unsafe contaminants is evident in every part of the cities in Nepal.” (Kathmandu, Nepal)

Not sure what to get that special someone for Christmas this year? Since they’re already likely subscribed to Mutineer Magazine, why not make a donation to A Child’s Right on their behalf and give the gift of water to a poor child in a developing country? Here are just a few reasons why you should help:

  • 80% of diseases in the developing world are caused by contaminated water.
  • Waterborne diseases are the single biggest threat to children around the world.
  • Of the 3 million people who die every year due to waterborne diseases caused by unclean water, 90% are children under the age of 5.
  • Right now, one billion people on the planet don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water.
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year just walking to their source contaminated water, equivalent to the entire yearly workforce of France.
  • Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
  • One in eight people on the planet drinks water that’s likely to make them sick.

These are just a few of many scary statistics about the global water crisis and children are especially vulnerable to waterborne diseases, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

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Donating is easy. Visit the donation page at A Child’s Right and using your credit card you can make a donation on behalf of yourself or dedicate it on behalf of, in honor of, or in memory of someone else. You can even choose which country your donation goes to or you can opt for it to be used for water projects where it’s needed most.

Water is the fundamental building block of life. Without water, we wouldn’t just be without wine, whiskey or beer, we couldn’t even survive.

To donate, visit AChildsRight.org.

Want to see how bad the global water crisis is? Check out Mutineer Alan Kropf’s documentary Thirsty Children, which documents his trip to Nepal to install five Mutineer purchased water filtration systems.

Looking to purchase wine? Why not purchase it through Cellar Angels and opt to have a portion of the proceeds donated to A Child’s Right.

About A Child’s Right

Their mission is simple: to change the lives of vulnerable children in impoverished urban areas by providing clean, safe drinking water to orphanages, schools, children’s hospitals, street shelters and rescue homes. They envision a world with clean water for all children — and a museum telling of when it was not so.



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A Child’s Right: ProvingIt.org

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A Child's Right Proving It

The ProvingIt.org page for Koteshor School in Kathmandu, Nepal, which was one of five Mutineer sites in Kathmandu and installed with the support of Jordan Vineyard & Winery.

You may have noticed a theme on the Mutineer blog this week. Yup, water relief, and the hit parade continues as we take a look at ProvingIt.org by A Child’s Right (ACR), which tracks every ACR site on the planet in real-time.

For donors, it’s an opportunity to follow their donation from installation through the 10+ year lifespan of the system at the site, putting the emphasis on not only the system installation, but the long-term follow through and support. A plethora of reports are available, from information about the system to updates on any maintenance, water quality tests, hygiene education and more.

For ACR staff, it’s an opportunity to provide complete transparency around their work as well as harness the power of the internet and mobile phones to create an efficient and effective platform for collecting and communicating data from sites around the world with instant results.

Another intriguing aspect of ProvingIt.org is that it tracks the number of children with access to clean water at THIS MOMENT. If a system ceases to exist, the number goes down. If a system is added, the number goes up. It’s truly a living number and a reflection of ACR’s true impact at any given point in time. Taking it step further, ACR distinguishes between children and adult staff served in order to have more accurate data on the demographic that defines ACR: kids.

If you are just being introduced to the incredible work done by ACR, take a few moments to poke around the ProvingIt.org page and you’ll likely be amazed by the diverse and ambitious scope of the work they are currently involved with.

Here are the links to the ProvingIt.org pages for the the five Mutineer sites in Kathmandu:

Padmaday Higher Secondary School

Tiling Tar School

Koteshor School

Ganesh Higher Secondary School

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Thirsty Children Short Film & Feature Story

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Filmed in 36 hours by Mutineer Editor in Chief Alan Kropf, “Thirsty Children” chronicles Alan’s trip to Kathmandu, Nepal with A Child’s Right to observe the installation of five water filtrations at public schools in connection with Mutineer’s Clean Water Crusader campaign.

A feature story about the trip appears in the new issue of Mutineer Magazine, and can be read in it’s entirety on the new Water Relief page on MutineerMagazine.com.



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