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Cocktail Kingdom Announces Cocktail Kingdom Logistics

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Cocktail Kingdom Logistics

Cocktail Kingdom, the popular purveyor of custom and professional barware, has just announced the newest division of their company, Cocktail Kingdom Logistics. Having a corporate party? Is the spirit brand you represent holding a large event? Or are you just having a small party at your home? If you said yes to any of those, or are just throwing a party in general in the NYC area, Cocktail Kingdom Logistics can make your life easier.

With Cocktail Kingdom Logistics, professional-grade ice, fresh, strained juices, carefully crafted spirits, hand-cut garnishes, and unique glassware rentals are all just a phone call away.

They’ll squeeze the juices, cut the garnishes, prepare the herbs and syrups (Oleo Saccharum, honey, and eighteen others), whatever kind of glasses you need, and even provide frozen pineapple shells for tiki drinks. On top of that, they’ll deliver it to you for a flat fee of $50. According to their website, “Making daily deliveries, our focus is to augment the ideal cocktail experience through products and services oriented to bars, liquor brands and special events–think of us as your high-volume barback.”

Prices range from $5 for 0.5 gallon of simple syrup, to $10 for a 10lb. bag of special ice, to $30 for a 0.5 gallon of fresh pineapple juice, plus delivery fee; glassware rental is by unit and includes Leopold Coupes, Julep Cups, Absinthe and Tiki Glasses, and more.

For more information on Cocktail Kingdom Logistics, call 212-995.5001, or visit www.cocktaillogistics.com.

For a full list of what they’re offering, click here.



Pernod Ricard Looks to Redefine Home Cocktail Experience

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Pernod Ricard Gutenberg Project

Pernod Ricard, the brand responsible for bringing us iconic brands like Beefeater and Plymouth gins, Red Breast Irish Whiskey, Aberlour Whisky, Absolut, and more, has been looking into a way to redefine the home cocktail experience as we know it with their Project Gutenberg. They’re certainly getting close.

According to Pernod Ricard, “Project Gutenberg is revolutionising the “bar at home” concept. It will make way for a designer library, made up of “container books” each holding a sealed bottle of spirits, all connected to a service platform: from basic home delivery, automatically triggered according to the container level, to a whole range of tutorials about mixology (cocktail recipes, personalised offers, etc.) Project Gutenberg is redefining cocktail culture and turning it into a more accessible experience involving more expertise. Creating and inventing cocktails for friends becomes more intuitive and more entertaining.”

At first glance, you would think the folks at Apple had created this system, but it was conceived and developed by Pernod Ricard’s Breakthrough Innovation Group (BIG), a Group-integrated start-up devoted to ground-breaking innovation. Users will order a selection of Pernod Ricard “container books,” which make up the bulk of the system. These look like individual cartridges containing full bottles of alcohol inside and with small taps that are all linked to an iPad. The iPad will control all of the container books and it will be responsible for pouring measures of alcohol, as well as ordering new container books, providing cocktail recipes and information, tutorials, showing fill levels of each unit, and more. Container books can be reordered right from the system for home delivery.

Will this actually come to market and be more than just a concept? Will it make it to the US? Will Pernod Ricard ever be able to sell Havana Club in the US?

Who knows, but we’ll be watching intently.

To watch the video of Project Gutenberg in action, click here.


2 comments 02.10.2014 |

Patron Releases First Extra Añejo Tequila: Gran Patrón Piedra

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Gran Patron Piedra 1

Patrón has recently announced the launch of their first extra añejo tequila, Gran Patrón Piedra.

For Gran Patrón Piedra, it all starts with 100% Weber Blue agave grown in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, of which only the best are selected for this, Gran Patrón Platinum and Gran Patrón Burdeos. The agave is slowly steam-cooked before being crushed with a two-ton Tahona. The Tahona is a traditional method that utilizes a two-ton volcanic stone wheel to extract the sugary juice from the agave, which is then fermented, distilled, and aged in barrels. Piedra, which means “stone” in Spanish, is created entirely from the traditional Tahona process – a process that few tequilas are made with anymore.

After distillation, the tequila is then aged for three years in new American and French oak barrels before being bottled at 80 proof.

“We created Gran Patrón Piedra to offer spirits aficionados a uniquely high-quality extra aged tequila,” said Ed Brown, President and CEO of Patrón Spirits International. “Its complex flavor profile, distinct oak taste, and remarkably smooth finish truly sets Gran Patrón Piedra apart in the ultra-premium tequila category.”

Gran Patrón Piedra will be sold in hand-numbered 750ml bottles. Suggested retail price for Gran Patrón Piedra is $399.


3 comments 01.31.2014 |

Kickstarter Spotlight: Workhorse Rye Whiskey

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Workhorse Rye

Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. The latest project to capture our attention is from Workhorse Rye out of San Francisco, CA.

Founded by Rob Easter and David Gordon in 2011, they are considered a gypsy distillery, meaning they don’t own their own distillery. Instead, they create the recipe and produce the product themselves, but on the equipment of other facilities that have the time and space to allow them to do so. The result? Workhorse Rye and its two expressions–Darkhorse and Palehorse, both with malted rye comprising 70% of their mash bills.

Darkhorse is aged in used French Oak red wine barrels from a number of wineries inside the city of San Francisco and in Napa. Each release of Darkhorse will have a hand-written notation of which winery the barrels came from. This type of batch-to-batch distinction lends a sort of fleeting nature to each release, and we think that makes each barrel rather special.

Palehorse is aged in used whiskey barrels (like Scotch and Tequila are aged) which in the end makes a Frankenstein whiskey of sorts. A Frankenstein whiskey in that the recipe is very American (rye) but the aging style lands somewhere in between Scotch and Japanese whisky (used American oak barrels).

Coffee Rye Bitters? Yeah, they’re making those too.

With 31 days left to go, they are nearly at the half way mark for funds needing to be raised. Want to help them out? Check out their Kickstarter project here.



Diageo Unveils Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company

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Barterhouse Bottle Shot_Hi-ResOld Blowhard Bottle Shot_Hi-Res

Diageo announced their latest project today, the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company. According to the press release, the “new project [is] determined to locate lost and forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world and share them with discerning adult fans.” These particular bottles were found at the iconic Stitzel-Weller distillery, but we’re told they were distilled by Stitzel-Weller. Whisky Advocate reports that both are believed to be distilled by Bernheim distillery, both their newer facility and a facility of theirs that is no longer in operation.

The first two bottlings released are Barterhouse Whiskey and Old Blowhard Whiskey.

Barterhouse label

Barterhouse Whiskey (SRP: $75) stocks were discovered in old warehouses at the famed Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Ky. Rumor has it warehouse workers have already begun lining up for the first taste of this beautiful whiskey with a soft nose reminiscent of warm spice, biscuit and buttercream. The whiskey’s mellow taste includes notes of roasted grain, charred oak and a brown sugar finish. It was aged for 20 years.

The mash bill for Barterhouse Whiskey is 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye. Bottled at 90.2 proof, 45.1% (ABV).

Old Blowhard label

Old Blowhard Whiskey (SRP: $150) was also found at Stitzel-Weller. At 26-years-old, the whiskey contains exuberant, rich flavors with undertones of smoke and honey followed by a gentle finish – dry and spicy with a hint of orange peel. Old Blowhard Whiskey is meant to be sipped slowly and best enjoyed among gregarious friends and unyielding debates.

The mash bill for Old Blowhard Whiskey is 86% corn, 8% barley and 6% rye and was barreled in 1987. Bottled at 90.7 proof, 45.35% (ABV).

Both whiskeys are hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn., and are expected to begin appearing at select accounts throughout the U.S. in March 2014 under strict allocation due to limited supply.



Six Liter Bottle of The Macallan M Sells for Record $628,000

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The Macallan 6 litre Decanter

The Macallan M broke records recently when a rare 6 liter version of the Scotch whisky sold for US $628,000 at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. The auction commemorated the global launch of M. Four 6 liter decanters were created by LALIQUE, the largest they’ve ever made. Each decanter required the work of 17 craftsmen, including two with the prestigious title, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”, with each taking over 50 hours to complete.

Of the four, two will be archived by The Macallan and one has been committed to a private collector in Asia. The fourth, Constantine (named, as are the other three, after Roman emperors), uniquely features the engraved autographs of the three principal creators – LALIQUE/Silvio Denz, Fabien Baron and Bob Dalgarno. This highly collectable creation was made available as part of the Finest and Rarest Wines and The Macallan auction by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on Saturday, 18 January 2014.

The previous record was set in New York in 2010, also by The Macallan, with The Macallan 64 years old in LALIQUE Cire Perdue which sold for US$460,000.

Thankfully, the net proceeds of the auction were donated to local Hong Kong charities.



Camp Runamok Now Accepting Applications

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2014 Camp Runamok

Camp Runamok, the educational cocktail experience that is sort of like a bourbon immersion program meets summer camp for bartenders, is now accepting applications for 2014. Hosted at Lion’s Club Camp Crescendo, a summer camp for underprivileged and disabled children, campers will attend educational seminars and distillery visits to further their bourbon and booze prowess. They will also get their hands dirty doing community service around the camp to pay it forward to Camp Crescendo’s future campers, all while finding creative ways to raise money for the Lion’s Club’s in the process.

Aside from that, there is plenty of fun to be had and great bartenders to meet from around the country.

This year will be a bit different than years past in that there will be two sessions instead of one. Applications are being accepted until March 21, 2014 at MIDNIGHT EST.

The dates for Camp Runamok for 2014 are:
August 24-29
September 7-12

Some other important key points:

  • This is not a five day party. You will be asked to perform a number of activities that require your focus, attention, physical exertion and hospitality skills.
  • You will work at Camp Runamok. Each cabin is expected to perform at least 2 work shifts throughout the week.
  • We expect you to donate at least 4 hours of your time to improving the Lion’s Club Camp Crescendo while at Camp.
  • This Camp houses underprivileged and disabled children when we’re not there, so we insist on leaving it better than we found it.
  • Camp is very, very rustic. You will be sharing a room with 5-7 other people for the entire week and a bathroom with nearly 50. If that doesn’t appeal to you, Camp may not be for you.
  • We also perform a number of physically taxing activities from paintball to pool time to color wars (not to mention the hike up and down the hill for each meal). If you don’t want to walk, run or get moving, Camp might not be for you.
  • Having said that, Camp is fun. If you don’t like fun, Camp might not be for you either.

A lot of people (bartenders and those in the spirits industry) will be interested in this and space is limited. To apply, click here.



Japan’s Suntory Plans to Purchase Jim Beam

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Beam Inc.

It was announced today that Japanese booze conglomerate Suntory Holdings Ltd. is in the process of acquiring Beam Inc. Suntory, who already owns Yamazaki Japanese whisky and Bowmore Scotch, will now add iconic brands like Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Teacher’s and Laphroaig Scotch to their portfolio, effectively making them the third largest spirits company in the world. It was reported that the deal was worth $16 billion, including $2 billion of assumed debt that Suntory will take on. See the full post »



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