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See The Process: Bulleit Bourbon Barrel Aged Noble Denim Jeans


Noble Denim recently collaborated with Bulleit Bourbon for one very unique experiment. It started with handcrafted raw denim jeans aged in handcrafted oak bourbon barrels that previously held handcrafted Kentucky bourbon.

While this was just an experiment and this batch won’t be available to the public, they could possibly be released in the future. In the meantime, denim from Noble and bourbon from Bulleit do make great Christmas gifts and you can take pride in purchasing goods produced on American soil. The video highlights the process the jeans underwent, and it’s very cool to see just how hands-on the process is for such an everyday product like quality denim jeans.

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The Bulleit Bourbon and Noble Jeans Experiment Continues


What do you get when you bourbon barrel age $250 raw denim jeans? Well, nobody still knows. Regardless, the folks at Noble Denim and Bulleit Bourbon are curious and that’s what they’re working on, as we first highlighted last month.

The experiment continues and we’ve just been sent the teaser video above. The hope, according to the folks at Bulleit, “is to see the jeans overdyed in this process, making for a softer pair of jeans with the inside dyed to that signature orange-ish Bulleit bourbon color with a hint of charcoal.”

Stay tuned.

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Bulleit and Noble Denim Collaborate on Barrel Aged Denim


A lot of things are aged in bourbon barrels. For instance, things like tequila, scotch whisky, and Tabasco Sauce are aged in bourbon barrels and have been for years. Other things, like vanilla extract, sugar, coffee beans, and maple syrup, have been aged in bourbon barrels as of more recently and all have been delicious.

But this newest collaboration has caught are eye … raw denim? Yup.

Cincinnati, Ohio’s Noble Denim has paired up with Bulleit Bourbon to collaborate by barrel aging Noble Denim’s raw denim jeans in used Bulleit bourbon barrels. What will the outcome be? What do they expect to happen? Well, nobody really knows but it will be interesting nonetheless. The project will start later this month when Noble inserts 50 pair of their iconic Earnest or Truman raw denim jeans, hand stitched in Tennessee, into recently emptied Bulleit Bourbon barrels.

Stay tuned to see what happens.

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Wine Enthusiast Announces 2014’s 40 Under 40


Wine Enthusiast announced today their 2014 40 Under 40 list, which highlights America’s tastemakers and leaders in beverage culture. One on the list is Mutineer Magazine’s founder Alan Kropf, who is now the Director of Education at Anchor Distilling Company.

This list appears to be very well thought out and includes many very passionate and game changing beverage personalities.

Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40

Alan Kropf, 31
Director of Education, Anchor Distilling, San Francisco

A jack of all trades, Alan Kropf is certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, Cicerone Program and National Bartenders School. He is also founder of Mutineer Magazine, and, last year, he joined Anchor Distilling Company.

Gordon Little, 32
Co-founder, Little Peacock Imports, New York City

After moving from Melbourne, Australia, to the U.S. in 2008, Little was dismayed at the dearth of wine selections from his homeland. He founded Little Peacock to not only import and distribute Australian wine in the U.S., but also to provide wine that Aussies actually drink, helping to ­reshape American perceptions of wine from Down Under.

Nicolas Mestre, 29
Founder, COO, Williams Corner Wine, Charlottesville, VA
Born and raised in France and a veteran of the restaurant business, Mestre seems to have been destined for his current role. Virginia-based Mestre founded Williams Corner Wine, a wine importer and wholesaler, at the age of 23. Since then, he has been integral in introducing little-known, well-made natural French wines to the U.S.

Lex Kiefhaber, 29
Wine Director, Smith & Wollensky, New York City

At only 29 years old, Kiefhaber, wine director at legendary New York City steakhouse Smith & Wollensky, is bringing a fresh approach to one of Manhattan’s most storied wine cellars. Kiefhaber, a Yale graduate, worked previously in a variety of restaurant roles—bartender, server, manager and writer—before taking on his current challenge.

DLynn Proctor, 34
Brand Ambassador, Treasury Wine Estates, Napa, CA

One of the men featured in the documentary SOMM, Proctor works as brand ambassador for Penfolds wines, helping to spread the gospel of high-quality Australian wine. He’s also actively involved in training and mentoring new generations of aspiring sommeliers.

Melanie Krause, 37
Winemaker, Cinder Wines, Boise, ID

In 2001, Krause began work as a vineyard technician at Stimson Lane in Woodinville, Washington, where she also started making some of her own “homemade” wine. After working at Chateau Ste. Michelle, she moved back to Boise and started her own winery consultant business, Krause Consulting, LLC, which is bringing much-needed expertise to this emerging wine region. Together with husband, Joe Schnerr, she now owns Cinder Wines, named after the layers of volcanic remnants found under the vineyards in Idaho.

Meg Gill, 28
Co-founder, Golden Road Brewery, Los Angeles

While attending Yale, Gill spent her time studying Latin, which she says, “is about putting pieces of the puzzle together, and the same thing is true of getting beer on the shelf.” Gill’s Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing—which produced 15,000 barrels last year—is one of the fastest-growing breweries in the U.S. Ever the go-getter, Gill expects to double that output in 2014, and expand distribution beyond Southern California.

Charles Joly, 38
Beverage Director, Aviary, Chicago

Joly started out as a bar back, but never dreamed he would make his career in the bar industry. Leading a crew of dedicated ice chefs, Joly runs Aviary’s bar more like a kitchen, snagging the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2013 and being named Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2014. See the full post »

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Napa, California Open For Business



While the recent 6.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Napa brought the sleepy wine country city to a halt, city and county officials are stressing that the city and county of Napa is open for business and can accommodate tourists and visitors as usual.

According to Visit Napa Valley, the official tourism marketing organization for The Napa Valley, “95% of Napa Valley wineries are open and Harvest 2014 is underway. 98% of lodging properties and 95% of restaurants are open, and those that are not open are located in the town of Napa. Of the 143 lodging properties in Napa Valley, only four remain unavailable.”

People unsure about visiting Napa, or who already have reservations but aren’t sure if their plans will be affected, should check this list provided by Visit Napa Valley that includes many restaurants, wineries, hotels, and otherwise. If you don’t see a certain business, please call the business directly.

We look forward to seeing you in Napa.

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Mutineer Magazine Issue 30 Preview


Mutineer Magazine Issue 30 Cover

Greeting Friends,

Another issue of Mutineer Magazine and another opportunity to share beverage stories from around the world that we hope will inspire you, dear reader, to look differently at the beverage in your glass and to seek out beverage related experiences whenever possible.

In this jam-packed issue of Mutineer, we chatted with some of the most interesting people in beverage, including the people’s champion himself Zane Lamprey. We also stop to take a look at some of our favorite beverages like gin and sherry, and even a throwback to the origins of lemon soda. Kickstarter? Yeah, we’ve got that as well as we highlight a few of our favorite beverage related Kickstarter projects to have surfaced over the last few years.

As always, we appreciate your coming along with us on this beverage fueled adventure and we hope to share a drink with you soon.


Brian Kropf, Editor-in-Chief

The 2014 Issue of Mutineer Magazine brings you:

Zane Lamprey: I Drink Like It’s My Job

The People’s Champion of Beverage has a tough life, traveling the world and reporting on drinking customs and cultures from countries around the world. We’ve seen him several times since he first exploded onto the scene with Three Sheets and now, thanks to Kickstarter, he’s back and traveling the world by train bringing us all new drinking adventures.

Gin Defined: From Medicine to Mixology

Gin is a spirit with an illustrious past and one that has taken nods from all around Europe and beyond, becoming what we know it as today. In Gin Defined: From Medicine to Mixology, beverage writer Emily Hutto takes an in-depth look at gin with what it once was, was it has become, and what it continues to evolve into.

The 2014 issue also includes:

What People Drink: Hollis Bulleit
What People Drink: Vernon Davis
What People Drink: The Bon Vivants
Beer Styles: A Beer For Every Season
Classic Cocktails: The Martinez Cocktail
DIY: From Your Favorite Bartenders
From the Desk of: Bobby Heugel – The State of Agave
From the Desk of: Sean Kenyon – A Brief History & Cautionary Tale
Sherry: God Save The Fino
+++ A Brief History of Lemon Soda, Cheese + Brandy, Hungry Mutineer: Chilaquiles, Wine Steals: Rioja, and much, much, more…

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What People Drink with Lil Bub


Lil Bub

Photo by Mike Bridavsky

Lil Bub is a worldwide phenomenon with a unique voice in a vast sea of Lolcat memes and kitty videos. A perma-kitten and intergalactic traveler, Bub has taken the Earth by storm. She is the underdog that came out on top, and is doing what she can to give back. Mutineer Magazine had the chance to talk with this special kitty to find out how she is adjusting to life on earth, her famous friends, and about her upcoming projects.

You aren’t able to drink in the conventional feline style. Can you tell me how you drink your fine beverage?
Hi. It’s me BUB. About 10 months after landing on Earth, I gave up on drinking. I like the taste, but hate the task. So as a solution I convinced my dude to just start mixing the water in with my food, creating what I like to call BUB SOUP. Soup is a brilliant thing. It allows you to drink and eat at the same time, leaving more time to save the planet and stuff like that. See the full post »

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Drink American on 4th of July


The 4th of July is here once again, and once again we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and our independence as a nation. On the 4th, people revel with fireworks, parades, parties, BBQs, and, of course, beverages.

But what will you be drinking on this 4th? Have you put any thought into it? Naturally, we would recommend to drink something American made and owned by an American company, as today is a day all about America. Sometimes, this isn’t as easy as you’d think. Budweiser, for example, is one of the highest selling beers by volume in the United States and when people think of America, Budweiser certainly comes to mind as it’s a brewery that first put roots down in America in 1852. Today, however, it’s owned by a Brazilian-Belgian company and headquartered in Belgium. Likewise, some of the classic and most popular made-in-Kentucky bourbons are owned by a Japanese company. Surprise!

So, this 4th, here are some beverages we recommend.


As many emigrants came to America from Europe, they brought the popularity of cider with them and it eventually rose to the point in the 18th century where it became a staple on every family’s table. New England alone in the 18th century was churning out over 300,000 gallons of cider very year.

Tilted Shed Ciderworks
Windsor, CA

Hailing from California’s Sonoma County is Tilted Shed Ciderworks which owners Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli call a “hobby gone wild.” They started with organic farming in New Mexico and an old, gnarled, neglected apple orchard became the inspiration to try their hand at cider. With promising results, their hobby turned more serious and they eventually moved to west Sonoma County, an area famous for wine grapes that they thought would translate well to apples for cider…and it did.

We recommend their Graviva! Semidry Cider. Graviva was created to celebrate and highlight the Gravenstein apple. Lightly effervescent and golden hued with pronounced acidity and a hint of sweetness, this cider pairs best with some of its kindred brethren, Sonoma County cheeses.

Tilted Shed Graviva!

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