Beer • Food
PubCakes is a new baking venture in San Diego, CA that combines two of the world’s greatest ingredients: beer and cupcakes.
“I am often asked how I came up with the idea to combine beer and cupcakes. PubCakes started with a love of beer and a desire to share it with others. Chocolate stout cakes have been around for a while, but I couldn’t find mention of any other beers being used for baking cakes. So to fill a semester off of school, I spent my free time playing in the kitchen with cupcakes and beer. Amazingly, it worked! I would bring them out to my friends at different bars, until I became known as the cupcake girl.” — Misty Birchall, PubCakes founder. See the full post »
When thinking of craft beer in Delaware, probably your first and only thought is Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Rehoboth Beach and Milton. After opening its doors in 1995, making “off-centered beers for off-centered people”, Dogfish Head has blazed a trail throughout the industry, pushing the envelope with original brews — everything from IPAs, to the uber unique Midas Touch, crafted from a recipe found in the dna scrapings from earthenware found in King Midas’ crypt. Each year, they take it further with collaborations and new experimental recipes.
Recently, there have been a number of up-start breweries and brewpubs making some noise in America’s first state. Some of these brewers have been putting out beers since 1995 as well. See the full post »
The Charleston Tea Plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island in the lowcountry of South Carolina, is the only working tea plantation in the United States. Growing over 320 varieties of the Camellia Sinensis plant (originally brought over from China in the 1700’s), the tea garden produces both black and green teas.
Despite their deliciously libacious start in China, the plants didn’t successfully produce tea here until 1888, when Dr. Charles Shepard founded the Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville, South Carolina. But when Shepard died in 1915, his formerly award-winning tea bushes grew wild. It wasn’t until 1968 that the bushes were transplanted and took hold on a former potato farm on Wadmalaw Island, transforming the land into a place for experimental tea research. In 1987, a third-generation tea taster named William Barclay Hall purchased the land and converted it from a research and development property into a commercial business. The Charleston Tea Plantation was born. See the full post »
Left to Right: Willie Ramos (judge), Joe Fairchild (planning committee), and Juan Coronado (judge).
Ah, Kona, Hawaii. You may think its a sleepy little Kailua town on the big island of Hawaii. But, think again. Once a year the quiet town of Kona on the island of Hawaii gets transformed into a Mai Tai mecca at the Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival, sponsored by Bacardi. With top mixologist talent showing up from all across the state, and international participants and judges, this island village goes all out. For this year’s second annual crowning of the “Master of Mai Tai”, the event held at the Royal Kona Resort‘s Mai Tai Bar stepped it up a notch with an oceanside concert headlining with Third Eye Blind, food booths and a barbecue tasting contest, live music by local entertainers Henry Kapono of Cecilio and Kapono, and Eric Gilliom of Barefoot Natives, and a nice ten thousand dollar cash prize for the winner. See the full post »
Other Beverage • Spirits
What the world really needs is a fine beverage institute (Mutineer Academy, anyone?) where people can go and research ways to revolutionize the fine beverage industry. Case and point: Kirk Spahn + Trenton Ulicny, two American entrepreneurs that transformed a grad school project into a revolutionary fine beverage brand worth millions. But, it didn’t happen overnight.
“It took TY KU years of dedicated exploration to source the purest waters, exotic superfruits and finest teas. These exceptional ingredients are masterfully combined to create a refreshing citrus taste that proved to be well worth the efforts.” — TY KU website.
The first product they launched was TY KU Premium, a unique blend of premium Asian sake and soju with soft citrus, fresh melon, teas, and botanicals — packaged in the world’s only illuminating bottle. Yep, that’s right. The bottle actually glows. FTW! See the full post »
Food • Wine
The Loire Valley Wine Bureau is hosting an all out Muscadet Month in the city of Seattle. Muscadet, originates from the city of Nantes in the West Coast of the Loire Valley, which has a lot in common with its sister city of Seattle. Both are coastal and known for their shellfish. It only seems fitting to bring the Loire Valley “oyster wine” over to Seattle to match with the bountiful offerings of its local oyster farms. Muscadet is an undisputed perfect pairing for oysters, and will be the feature at 18 Seattle area restaurants from September 15th to October 15th. See the full post »
You probably have noticed by now that we have a lot of new faces regularly posting on the Mutineer blog. We recently recruited [read: brainwashed] some young, fresh and talented fine beverage revolutionaries to “Join The Mutiny.” And instead of letting these wild kids hide behind their tiny avatars, we decided to put them in the spotlight.
Better known to the fine beverage community as Hoptopia, Lee Williams has taken the beer blogging world by storm since he founded his site, just under a year ago. Lee currently authors the weekly Mutineer Blog column, “Craft Beer Radar.”
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Philadelphia, oh Philadelphia.
Instead of going after illegitimate black market companies who are stealing American tax dollars, Philly has decided to target bloggers. Yes, folks. I said bloggers.
According to the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, blogs qualify as legitimate businesses and are subject to the same licensing laws required for any business located within city limits. And no matter how great or little the profit, Philly wants its cut from the blogging community. See the full post »