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Camp Runamok Now Accepting Applications


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.

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The Happening: Family Winemakers of California 2014 Southern California Tasting Event


Family Winemakers of California

Registration has opened for the 2014 Southern California Tasting Event presented by Family Winemakers of California. Family Winemakers of California is an association of family-owned wineries in California established in 1991 to help shape public policy for small wine producers and has an active membership of more than 400 California wineries.

From Alameda to Yountville, over 175 California wineries will be involved with the tasting pouring over 750 wines for consumers as well as members of the trade and media.

“With California accounting for nearly 90 percent of total American wine production, our tasting event is incredibly important for both California wineries and members of the trade,” added Paul Kronenberg, president of Family Winemakers of California. “The Southern California tasting is the perfect setting for wine industry trade members to taste some of the finest California wines in one convenient location. In turn, the tasting gives small, family-owned wine producers the opportunity to have one-on-one face-time, thereby gaining valuable market exposure with their product.”

The tasting will take place Sunday March 9 at the Pasadena Convention Center throughout two sessions. The first will be only open to qualified media and trade, and the second will be open to consumers as well as media and trade. This is the first time the event has been open for consumers.

This year’s theme, “From Our Table to Yours” highlights each winery’s personal story. At the Family Winemakers Tasting, attendees have the unique opportunity to meet face-to-face not only with winery representatives, but often times the winemaker or winery owners themselves.

WHAT: Family Winemakers of California 2014 Southern California Tasting Event
WHERE: Pasadena Convention Center
WHEN: Sunday March 9
1-6 p.m. Open to qualified trade & media
3:30-6 p.m. Open to consumers, trade & media

General Admission tickets are $60 when purchased in advance online up until March 8 and $70 at the door. Admission is complimentary to qualified members of the trade and media.

Visit their website for complete information and to purchase tickets.

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Japan’s Suntory Plans to Purchase Jim Beam


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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An Interview with Norm Johnson of 12 Man Pale Ale and Former Seattle Seahawk


12 Man Pale Ale

Norm Johnson used to be in the business of kicking field goals. From 1982 to 1999, he was a kicker in the National Football League. During that time, he spent 8 years in Seattle playing for the Seahawks followed by the respective teams of Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. As an NFL kicker, he was a 2-time Pro Bowler and All Pro, and he helped lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl XXX in the 1995-96 season. It’s been 15 years since he has played and he still sits at #10 on the NFL’s list of all team leading scorers.

These days, Norm is in the business of beer. He, along with his business parter Neal Nilsen, have created 12 Man Pale Ale to much success throughout Washington. Like the Seahawks, his beer is popular. Like tickets are for the Seahawks, his beer is similarly hard to find.

With the Seattle Seahawks playing the New Orleans Saints tomorrow in the Divisional Playoffs, we couldn’t think of a better time to get in touch with Norm and learn a little bit more about 12 Man Pale Ale.

While you were in the NFL, did you have any interest in home brewing or did you have an elevated interest in beer?
When I was here with the Seahawks, I got here in ’82. I lived not far from the Redhook Brewery which is one of the earlier craft breweries and really enjoyed craft beer way back then. I really got into beer and got to know some reps and such and it was kind of always around beer. Then I started doing a little bit of experimenting with home brewing near the end of my years here in Seattle and that went with me when I went out to Atlanta. I don’t know if I was ever really any good and I didn’t get into the science of it, but I understood it, made some home brewed beer, and had fun with that. So I’ve been around and interested in beer for a long time.

You lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Seattle as a member of each city’s respective football team. Did you have a favorite city in terms of the beer they had available to drink?
Funny you asked that. When I left Seattle, I was a craft beer fan. I went to Atlanta and I couldn’t really find any craft beer that I enjoyed. That was frustrating. It was even more frustrating in Pittsburgh. I guess I could call myself a beer snob, which I’ve been since the early ’90s. And in my travels at that time, things have changed in the last 20 years. But in the early ’90s, over on the East Coast where I spent about 9 years, it was a struggle finding good craft beer, and I was very frustrated with that. See the full post »

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The 20 Most Influential Beer Websites in the World According to the Beer Bloggers Conference


Zephyr Adventures, the company that produces the Beer Bloggers Conference, recently conducted an analysis on beer websites and compiled a list of what they called The 20 Most Influential Beer Websites in the World. The analysis, according to Zephyr Adventures, included four factors:

  • Alexa Rating: While this is not a perfect indicator of a website’s popularity, it is easy to access and relatively accurate.
  • Incoming Links: We recorded the number of incoming links according to Google.
  • Facebook Likes: Given the influence of social media, we considered the number of Facebook likes.
  • Twitter Followers: The same goes for Twitter.

Their process? “We analyzed a total of 83 popular beer-related websites but limited these to those in the English language. We allocated from 25 to 1 points for each time a site was in the top 25 of one of the above four factors. In other words, the website with the best Alexa rating received 25 points and the website with the 25th best Alexa rating received one point. With four categories, the maximum score is 100. We recorded data from December 30 through January 2.”

Below are their findings.

20 Most Influential Beer Websites

For more information, visit their website.

How do you feel about their list? Anyone you would add or remove? What beer websites are most influential to you?

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Switch Taps


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 Switch Taps out of Dallas, TX.

After many a fruitless hunt for proper tap handles, beer lovers Matt and Jonathan Logue decided to create their own. These tap handles not only help in dispensing and display interchangeable nameplates, but they do double duty as a heavy duty stopper for growlers that they say creates a better seal than traditional growler caps. The idea is so simple, but is also practical and will make those masking tape growler labels obsolete. Take a peek at the project and see what you think.

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Product Spotlight: Handsome X 3Sixteen Travel Coffee Kit

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To many, coffee is a necessity and for those on the go, a good cup of coffee is sometimes easier said than done. The guys from Los Angeles’ Handsome Coffee Roasters teamed up with American clothing company 3Sixteen and aimed to fix that with their Handsome X 3Sixteen Travel Coffee Kit. This travel coffee kit includes everything needed to enjoy quality coffee whether you’re in a hotel, at the office, camping, in an airplane, or anywhere else where you might want to enjoy a quality cup of handcrafted coffee.

The kit starts with a hand-sewn and riveted bag, handmade in Vashon, Washington by Teppei Teranishi of Teranishi. The material itself is Chromexcel from the world famous Horween Tannery in Chicago.

Inside the bag, it’s filled with everything needed to create a world class cup of coffee: an Aeropress, filters, a 12oz bag of freshly roasted Handsome Roasters coffee beans, a Porlex mini hand grinder, and an AWS digital scale.

The bag is available in three colors, Havana Brown, Oxblood and Natural. They are not, however, cheap at $325. With the quality of the craftsmanship and the bag, along with it being American made, it certainly commands a big percentage of that cost.


Supplies are limited and can be purchased from here

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Martin Miller of Martin Miller’s Gin Passes Away on Christmas Eve


Martin Miller

It has been announced that Martin Miller, founder of Martin Miller’s Gin, has recently passed away on Christmas Eve after fighting a battle with cancer. We’ve chosen to reflect on this entrepreneur, artist, and award winning gin producer by sharing our interview with Mr. Miller from March 2011.

Rest in Peace Martin.

Gin is not just vodka that tastes like pine trees. Feeling that way led Martin Miller, a successful English businessman and hotelier to start his nth new venture, Martin Miller’s Gin, over a decade ago when vodka had pushed the genteel clear spirit to the brink of extinction. Mutineer caught up with the serial entrepreneur turned distiller in between jet-setting trips across the Atlantic to chat about all things British.

What is the last thing you drank?
That’s a strange question with spooky overtones to it! Well, I nearly gave up drinking for good back in 1998. That was the year I first distilled Martin Miller’s. I was with some friends and had just been served three of the most atrocious gin and tonics imaginable. As a lifelong gin drinker, the choice was stark. Either to continue drinking the rubbish that was, in those days, masquerading as gin or give up drinking altogether. That was unthinkable, so it was then that I set out to create a gin to my own recipe. It’s hard to remember in these days of what I call the ‘Gin Renaissance’ just how bad things had gotten for gin in those dark days of vodka madness!

Where did your interest in gin come from?
When I was a small child my parents used to mutter that ‘I was conceived on gin.’ Of course, back then I hadn’t a clue what they meant, but it made gin sound like some mysterious elixir with magic properties. After all it had somehow conjured me up! From then on, I was hooked by gin. By conception too, I guess. I have five daughters… See the full post »

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