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Mutineer Blog Contributer Spotlight: Arianna Armstrong


Arianna Armstrong

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.

Impressionable minds beware, Arianna Armstrong is more than just a wine and food vixen, she is an expert of mind manipulation and slight of hand, as evidenced by her Bachelors in Theatre and Film and super fancy Masters degree in Psychology. She is the Madam X of all things food and wine in Los Angeles, CA.

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Michael Mina To Open RN74 Restaurant in Seattle

Michael Mina's RN74 San Francisco

Michael’s Mina’s RN74 San Francisco

Michael Mina, American celebrity Chef of Egyptian origins, plans to bring his RN74 restaurant concept to the Seattle Area. RN74, a French themed restaurant located in San Francisco, will likely be given a slight Northwest twist, featuring local and sustainable ingredients. Michael Mina employs one of America’s most highly regarded Sommeliers, Rajat Parr, as company wine director. With such celebrated talent at the helm, you can be sure RN74 will bring both award winning food and wine to the flourishing Seattle restaurant scene in the Spring of 2011. You can follow Raj Parr tweets about wine via @RN74, as well as their newly established Seattle account @RN74Seattle.

Craft Cider Industry On The Rise

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Apple Tree

There are over 1500 breweries, 6000 wineries, and more than 100 micro distilleries in the US. What more could anyone ask for in the land that practically rains down alcohol in the streets?

How about some hard cider?

During the time that our founding fathers were setting up shop here in these great states, President John Adams was known to claim that cider (before the distinction of hard and sweet) made for “an exceptional breakfast drink”. As it was between 3-6% abv at the time, it made for an ideal family beverage and, oftentimes, replaced water. As the German settlers began to immigrate over, beer quickly became the reigning popular drink. Post prohibition, cider struggled to retake its foothold in American drinking culture.

Until now, that is. See the full post »

Distributors Push Bill In U.S. House To Block Interstate Sales

National Beer Wholesalers Association

Source: OpenSecrets.Org

There is currently a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would give states more authority to regulate alcohol, which in turn would block interstate sales of beer and wine.

“The Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act of 2010 would declare it congressional policy that states have primary authority to regulate alcohol. The legislation, filed in April, has 125 co-sponsors in the House, though no companion bill has been filed in the Senate.” — Carrie Levine, The National Law Journal.

Naturally, putting such a squeeze on the open market would limit competition, raise prices, and economically impair small vintners and brewers. See the full post »

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Wine Wednesday Blogger Buzz: August 25th Edition


Wine Wednesday

Each week, wine lovers all over the Internet unite to celebrate “Wine Wednesday.” The concept is more viral than an official, sanctioned event. And it is definitely most prevalent on Twitter. The roots of the official #winewednesday hashtag trace back to the Twitter handle @TweSommelier, and has been going strong for at least a year now. Every #winewednesday, hundreds (if not thousands) of people virtually drink together, exchanging tasting notes and pairing suggestions. Some people and wineries even go as far as to organize official tastings.

As a way to contribute and support this fine beverage Internet craze, Mutineer Magazine will be spotlighting some of our favorite wine blog posts from the past week on, you guessed it, Wine Wednesday.

Here are the latest wine blog posts that caught our attention this past week: See the full post »

Whiskey Biofuel FTW: Fine Beverage VS. Global Warming

Professor Martin Tangney, Director of the Biofuel Research Centre -- Photo: REUTERS

Professor Martin Tangney, Director of the Biofuel Research Centre — Photo: REUTERS

Captain Whiskey, he’s our hero… gonna take pollution down to zero…

As if whiskey wasn’t already awesome enough, scientists at Edinburgh Napier University have discovered a way to turn by-products of whiskey production into butanol biofuel. Like ethanol, butonal can be used as an alternative automobile fuel source. The scientists claim that butanol is superior to ethanol, with a 30 percent greater efficiency and power output. It can also be introduced to unmodified engines, unlike ethanol which requires engine modification. See the full post »

Freshcraft Restaurant and Bar Opens in Denver, CO


Freshcraft Restaurant and Bar

Lucas Forgy loves food. Jason Forgy loves beer. Together, they are Freshcraft; a brand new take on the restaurant/craft beer bar industry. Freshcraft boasts a two page menu with options for everyone (including vegan and gluten free!), a list of 20 draft and 100 bottle types of craft beer, a generous wine list and even a full bar for cocktails. As of August 24, 2010, Freshcraft is officially open for business.

Using fresh and local ingredients, the food is meant to be a unique twist on American comfort food. Included in the menu are tidbits such as pretzel bites and southern fried pickles, french dip and croque monsieur sandwiches, ale and cheese soup, antioxidant mix salad, whiskey BBQ chicken sandwich, Freshcraft pretzel turkey baja, cassoulet for one, cheesy broiled bowties, and crispy pork schnitzel. Rumor has it that the guys even featured Great Divide Yeti and Left Hand ice cream floats for dessert! See the full post »

BAZI: Energy + Nutrition = Healthy Fuel

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BAZI Energy Shot

Earlier today, BAZI International Inc., provider of nutritional foods and beverages designed to help enhance physical health and overall performance, announced the official launch of its primary product, BAZI (pronounced Bah-Zee) — an alternative energy shot containing eight super fruits (jujube, acai, mangosteen, goji, pomegranate, blueberry, raspberry and seabuckthor) and a variety of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and trace minerals.

“Unlike other energy shots that overload the body with excessive caffeine, sugar, B vitamins, taurine, and other artificial stimulants, BAZI combines nature’s finest ingredients for increased energy and better performance.” — Kevin C. Sherman, BAZI President and CEO. “With BAZI, there’s no crash, no warning label, and no adverse effects to your health. Pure and simple, BAZI is energy and nutrition.” See the full post »

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