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Whisky Live Returns to LA on October 17


Whisky Live

What’s better than a glass of sweet, toffee-colored, barrel aged scotch, bourbon or whisky? How about 150 of them?

On October 17, WHISKY LIVE LOS ANGELES 2012 returns for its fourth year. Held at the Hyatt Regency in Century City, there will be a full spectrum of spirits originating from Scotland to Kentucky. In addition to classic and traditional bottlings, guests will also get to try new recipes, unusual finishes, and rare, hard-to-find spirit. Producers, distillers and independent bottlers will be on hand to answer questions while pouring their product. Interested in the experiential more than the educational? Maybe the selection of artisanal foods, cheese and chocolate pairings, fine cigars and live jazz will whet your whistle.

Hailed as a “worldwide connoisseur event,” the LA tasting comes after stops in Chicago, San Francisco and Boston, and before landing in Madrid, Capetown, and Moscow, among other international locations; and brings with it experts from across the globe to lead guided Masterclasses for up to 75 people. Lectures will include flavor comparisons, pairings and an assortment of introductory classes, including presentations of new whiskies.

Tickets start at $109. Discounts and upgrades are available on Twitter, by following @WhiskyLive.

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San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival: October 13-14


Craft Spirits Carnival

Come one, come all, to SF’s Fort Mason Center for the San Francisco Craft Spirits Carnival on October 13 and 14. Attendees will have the opportunity to try and buy just about any spirit you can think of. Maraschino to Mezcal, craft spirits producers will be on hand tastings guests through their offerings and if you like what you try, you can buy it right there on the spot.

In addition to spirits, there will be sideshow acts like top aerialists, trapeze acts, fire eaters, sword swallowers, knife throwers, contortionists, burlesque, and more.

Where:Fort Mason Center
Laguna Street and Bay Street
San Francisco, CA
When: Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14
2PM – 5PM
Cost: $125

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit craftspiritscanival.com

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Mutineer Friday Cocktail: The Razercrac


Swift's Attic - The Razercrac Cocktail

It’s Friday, and this Mutineer is looking forward to knocking off for the weekend and plans to kick off the weekend by mixing up a cocktail. If you are looking for something new to try, Swift’s Attic in Austin, TX makes a cocktail called The Razercrac, which is based upon that old New Orleans favorite the Sazerac.

“This was originally going to be a take on an old-school Sazerac, but I wanted to use the Chopin rye vodka because it makes for really smooth, easily drinkable drinks. This is a great alternative for people who don’t like the rye-whiskey taste of a Sazerac, and it’s a great pairing for the Martini & Rossi vermouth, since it’s on the sweeter side, to balance the bitter notes. Like the original, we still used an absinthe-dusted glass and a bit of Peychaud’s bitters. Zest the orange into the drink and stir with the zest to bring out all of the flavors.”
 – Jeff Hammett, Bar Manager of Jeff Swift’s Attic

The Razercrac
1 1/2 oz. Chopin Rye Vodka
1 oz. M&R Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Absinthe dusted glass

Stirred and strained over ice with orange zest

Have a mutinous weekend!

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Luxardo Liqueurs: More Than Maraschino, Featuring Francesco Lafranconi And The Windtalker Cocktail


As we get closer to the Luxardo Cocktail Cup which is now less than a month away, it would be only fitting to take a step back and learn just exactly what Luxardo is. Filmed and produced by our friends at Small Screen Network on location at Anchor Distilling Company, Luxardo Liqueurs: More Than Maraschino, Featuring Francesco Lafranconi discusses Luxardo Amaretto Di Saschira and teaches you how to make the Windtalker cocktail.

World renowned mixologist Francesco Lafranconi will also be on the panel of judges for the Luxardo Cocktail Cup.

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Fine Beverage Mad-ness: Every Fine Beverage Consumed On Mad Men


The fine folks at Slacktory have taken the liberty of collecting every moment in which a drink is consumed on Mad Men into a video collage of cocktail awesomeness.

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The Boston Cocktail Summit, October 4-6


Boston Cocktail Summit

Boston’s first-ever citywide cocktail event will celebrate the culture of the cocktail with three days of events, parties, trade exhibits, educational seminars, and galas. Mixology superstars will dazzle with creative and classic cocktails, celebrated Boston chefs will prepare delicious cocktail dinners, and local and international spirits authorities will offer informative and educational seminars.

Mutineer is proud to be along for the ride as we have teamed up with the Boston Cocktail Summit as a sponsor for the inaugural year. While there are too many incredible events to list, here are the ones we are sponsoring:

Terroir Driven Spirits
Benjamin Jones and Misty Kalkofen
October 5, 4:00-5:30pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25

This presentation will focus on spirits where the quality and character is truly derived from the earth/environment from which they come, can’t be produced elsewhere (to that specific quality) and where preparation prior to distillation is one of the principle factors in delivering the highest quality product.

The Great Whisk(e)y Debate
David Mays – Moderator
October 5, 4:00-5:30pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25

For the beginner or the connoisseur, this class will be a treat! You’ll taste through Irish (Kilbeggan, Coonemara), Canadian (CC 12 and Sherry Cask), Bourbons (KCSB, Devil’s Cut, KC Rye) and Scotch (LP10, Triple Wood). We’ll cover the basics of what makes each of these Whiskies unique, and talk about the similarities as well. Whether you’re a Bourbon fan or a Scotch collector, this is sure to be a fun trip around the world of Whiskies!

Sweet & Bitter
Kirsten Amann & Martin C. Duffy
October 6, 10:00-11:30am
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25

Why does Fernet taste so delicious to some people and overbearingly bitter to others? Why does Benedictine come across as spicy & complex to some, but simply sweet to the uninitiated? And in a bartender’s world, where bitter cocktails are all the rage, is there any hope for the sweet-toothed mixologist? The folks behind this year’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic seminar are back, honing in on the Sweet and Bitter of things, two of the most important yet ever so divisive tastes. Join Kitty Amann, Brand Ambassador for Fernet Branca, and Martin C. Duffy, National Brand Ambassador for Benedictine D.O.M., as they host Don Katz, professor of Neuroscience and Chemosensation, Chemist Graham Wright, and nutritionist Kendra Strasburg as they illuminate Sweet and Bitter from a scientific and biological perspective.
From Fernet and a cheap beer to Imperial Royales to the iconic Benedict’s Rule and Benedictine Cocktail, we’ll sample Sweet and Bitter drinks that fall into both camps as we ask ourselves: “Sweet or Bitter, which is better? Can’t we all just get along?”

Francesco Lafranconi
October 6, 12:00-1:30pm
Royal Sonesta Hotel $35

Deep rooted in the Italian culture and regional folklore for centuries, the Amaro is the new generation of Italian immigrant. Coming to America with several brands at a time, it is becoming among the finest ambassadors for the Made in Italy. Whether consumed straight up or on the rocks, before or after a meal, or most likely used as a bitter-sweet complex modifier in creative cocktails, Amari are living the American Dream! Join internationally renown bar life personality, Francesco Lafranconi-Executive Director of Mixology & Spirits Education for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, for a wonderful and intriguing journey through Italy’s finest brands. Amari’s century-old family own secret formulas and never-heard-before botanicals are still shrouded with mystery, but not for long. The seminar will help you to “Speak Amari” after this unique tasting experience!

Spirits Tasting in a Blind
Steve Olson and Doug Frost
October 6, 1:30-3:00pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $35

Spirits Tasting in a Blind, or how spirits professionals describe spirits with something other than “I like it.” Join tasting experts Steve Olson, aka wine geek, and Doug Frost MS, MW, to discover the tricks of the trade, and learn the steps that these two BAR (Beverage Alcohol Resource) founders and examiners take when teaching spirits tasting to true professionals.

Bienvenido a Tequila 101
David Mays
October 6, 3:00-4:30pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $25

This seminar isn’t about shots (though we’ll address them), it’s about appreciating the legendary spirit of Mexico, with all its complexities. Whether you’ve had that one unpleasant experience, or you truly appreciate the sublime beauty of Tequila, this class will be a fun and interesting journey South of the border. No passport needed!

Making Great Gin Cocktails at Home – Hands On with Tony Abou-Ganim
October 6, 4:00-5:30pm
Park Plaza Hotel 4th Floor $35

Join Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist, as he shows you what you need to stock your home bar, tools of the trade and how to use them, and all the secrets behind mixing great gin drinks at home. Be it a classic a Martini, Tony’s favorite cocktail, the Negroni or one of his originals, he’ll show you how easy it is to craft these wonderful libations. From shaking to stirring, muddling to blending, Boston Shakers and Hawthorn Strainers, you’ll learn all you need to know to set up and tend your home bar. Whether you’re a professional bartender or just want to impress your friends, you’re sure to enjoy this entertaining journey into what it takes to make a great gin cocktail!

Summit Bar
Friday & Saturday October 5 & 6, 2012
10:00am – 5:00pm
Royal Sonesta Hotel

Stop by the Summit Bar and see who’s behind the stick!
Meet some of Boston’s best bartenders as well as special guests from
around the globe. Try a complimentary cocktail made from your favorite spirit brands and
toast the 2012 Boston Cocktail Summit!

Tickets are still available for many events. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.bostoncocktailsummit.com/.

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Czech Republic Bans Alcohol Over 20%


Czech Republic

One of my favorite places, the Czech Republic has banned the sale of alcohol over 20%. While the situation does sound quite worrisome, given the history of prohibition around the world I think another tactic may be in order or the Czech Republic may have bigger problems on their hands.

Check out this link for the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19608461

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SF Cocktail Week: Day 5 Events


San Francisco Cocktail Week

Day 5 of SF Cocktail Week is here, as is Friday. I don’t think things could get much better for a perfect storm of cocktail awesomeness in San Francisco. Here’s what’s on the agenda for tonight.

The Legends Awards
The Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., San Francisco
Tickets: $85 in advance and $95 at the door

The second annual Legends Awards will bring together a night of special table-side cocktails and punches, dinner and show for a 1960’s Vegas experience of joie de vivre and Bond-style swagger. Formal attire, gambling spirit and general Saturday night bravado will be on tap as guests recognize the true innovators, influencers, mentors and historians in the Bay Area. This fête will raise the glass to those who raise the bar for cocktails!

This year’s nominees are:

Trailblazer – Allison Evanow, CEO and Founder of Square One Organic Spirits, for her pioneering efforts in the development of high quality, organic spirits and green business practices in the industry.

Mentor – Erik Adkins, Bar Manager of the Slanted Door, for developing pace-setting beverage programs and the skilled bartenders to execute them across multiple restaurants in the Bay Area over the last decade.

Lifetime Achievement – Miles Karakasevic, 13th Generation Master Distiller, Charbay, for creating and building a family business that produces wine and spirits that attract worldwide acclaim and help to set a standard in craft production.

Renegade – Martin Cate, Owner, Smuggler’s Cove, for being the torch bearer and leader for a new generation of Tiki cocktail culture and Rum connoisseurship.

Scribe – Camper English, Journalist, Alcademics.com, for his steadfast dedication to the craft of investigative journalism in spirits and cocktail culture, and his influence on the new generations of professionals and enthusiasts alike, seeking answers and debate.

“These five individuals have been key components in the development of not only our local culture and community in the Bay Area, but in the evolution the industry as a whole,” commented BCCAC President and Co-Founder H. Joseph Ehrmann. “I’m proud that we are recognizing their efforts and hope that they continue to impact cocktail culture for years to come with their innovation, dedication, and vision.”

Bols Genever Punch Crawl & Seminar
Starting at the Burritt Room (417 Stockton St., San Francisco)
Tickets: $25; none sold at the door

Scavenge & Punch crawl your way through some of SF’s craftiest cocktail bars presented by Bols Genever.

Cocktail bars include Burritt Tavern, Jasper’s, COMSTOCK, 15 Romolo and Starlight Room.

Seminar by Marcos Tello (LB USA Brand Ambassador aka BAD MUTHAFUCKA) at the Burritt Room 3pm on Friday September 21st, 2012.

Discover the history of Genever, it’s origin in the bartending industry and experience the taste of Dutch Courage through a flight sampler (Genever, Barrel Aged, Genever Punch, Barrel Aged Negroni.)

Once properly educated on the Dutch culture, attendees will be given 5 drink tickets each to SCAVENGE & PUNCH through SF’s finest craft cocktail bars while sampling different style Bols cocktails representative of the bars they visit. But pay attention – there’s a Scavenger Hunt too….with yummy prizes for the winner!

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