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Woodford Reserve Announces Limited Edition Malt Offerings


Woodford Reserve Master's Collection

New World and Old World are terms often thrown around with wine, but not so much in the realm of other libations. Of course, they exist with beer, whiskey, and more. For beer, you have classic Old World beers like Rodenbach Grand Cru which could be compared to the New World variants of American Wild Ales from Russian River Brewing Co. With whiskey (or whisky), you have Scotch from Scotland (Old World) and you have Bourbon from the United States (New World). But have you ever been curious how the two differ at their most basic levels? It’s hard to compare the two as the ingredients and processes are so different between them, but Woodford Reserve was curious and decided to play around with it.

A key difference between the two is the barrel in which the spirit is matured. Scotch utilizes used barrels to mature their spirit whereas Bourbon uses new, charred casks to mature theirs. One lets the grain shine through and the other lets the impact of the new wood have more of a presence.

Woodford Reserve is taking the best of both worlds (no pun intended) with their Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Double Malt Selections. Taking the same liquid, one will undergo new barrel maturation and the other a used barrel maturation to give whiskey enthusiasts a side by side comparison of the role in which the barrel plays.

Look for Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey and Woodford Reserve Classic Malt to debut in individual 750mL bottles starting November 1.

2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Finalists Announced


2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup

After much deliberation over hundreds of cocktails, we are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup. With the help of our local judges, all of whom are well-known bartenders themselves, the finalist have been chosen from each eligible market to represent their area and they will compete at the Anchor Penthouse on October 16. A trip to visit Luxardo in Italy and being crowned Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion are on the line.

This year’s finalists are:

Austin: Ann Maynard, Parkside
Boston: Naomi Levy, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
Chicago: Liz Pearce, formerly of The Drawing Room
Los Angeles: Brittini Rae, Goldie’s
New York City: KJ Williams, Flatiron Lounge
San Francisco: Michael Jack Pazdon, Goose & Gander
Seattle: Nik Virrey, Liberty Bar

This year’s finals judges are:

David King, President of Anchor Distilling Company
Brian Kropf, Editor-in-Chief of Mutineer Magazine
David Nepove, USBG and Southern Wine & Spirits
Matteo Luxardo, 6th Generation Luxardo
Francesco Lafranconi, Executive Director of Mixology & Spirits Educator for Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada

On behalf of everyone at Luxardo, Anchor Distilling Co., and Mutineer Magazine, congratulations, and thank you to everyone who entered.

Man Brews Beer in Belly


Free Beer Bear

Ever wish you could brew your own beer … in your stomach? Well, probably not and whether you think this is a blessing or a curse, for one Texas man this is a reality. A 61 year old man with a history of homebrewing was taken to an emergency room with complaints of dizziness and impaired balance. It was as if he was drunk … and he was. Doctors couldn’t figure it out as the man claimed to not have drunk anything that day, and yet a breathalyzer would reveal his blood alcohol content was nearly five times over the legal limit.

Doctors would eventually diagnose the man with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, or “auto-brewery syndrome”, due to too much brewers yeast in his stomach. The yeast would quite literally ferment the starch, carbs, and sugars he would consume, turn them into alcohol, and he’d get drunk.

This certainly takes the term “beer belly” to a whole new meaning.

Napa’s Kitchen Door to Host Oktoberfest Lunch Sept 28


Kitchen Door Oktoberfest

Napa’s Kitchen Door is doing their monthly craft beer dinner a little different this month, in that they’re doing a lunch in celebration of Oktoberfest. Kitchen Door, honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious German inspired courses with six incredible German and Germany-style beers from Weheinstephaner, Magnolia Brewing, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, and Sudwerk Brewing.

There will also be a sausage making demo by Taylor Boetticher of Fatted Calf.

As always, Mutineer will be on hand for the festivities and attendees will walk away with their very of beer stein.

Tickets are very limited for this fun lunch and are $75 each, tax and gratuity included.

Mutineer will be on hand at the event and we hope to see you there.

Call or email Tim Seberson ASAP if interested in attending.
707-226-1560 // tim@kitchendoornapa.com

Berlin’s Bar Convent Convenes This October


Bar Convent Berlin

Less than one month from now, over 6,000 members of the bar and spirits industry from around the world will head to Berlin for the 2013 Bar Convent Berlin. Bar Convent Berlin, now in its 7th year, is a trade fair, not a consumer show, and attendees will be welcomed by over 100 exhibitors from over 30 countries.

In addition to the trade fair itself, there will be panels and discussions held by experts from around the world, as well as tasting forums, demo bars, and more.

Mutineer Magazine is proud to announce that not only are we attending, but we are also an official media partner of the event. We are big fans of Bar Convent Berlin, as well as Mixology Magazine, the German trade magazine that was founded by two of Bar Convent Berlin’s shareholders, Jens Hasenbein and Helmut Adam.

Bar Convent Berlin will be held October 8th and 9th. For more information on Bar Convent Berlin or to purchase tickets, click here.

Hospitality Happy Hour with Holly Stiel of Thank You Very Much Inc.


Wine country concierges step out of the shadows and into the spotlight with Drink Careers 101 in a new Hospitality Happy Hour series on YouTube. The first round of interviews and videos will be hosted at the private hospitality center at Trinchero Napa Valley, in partnership with the Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS). Series host and fellow concierge, Harris Oranges, will explore with his guests the behind-the-scenes details of how the best hospitality recommendations get made. The seven-episode Hospitality Happy Hour video series will feature interviews with some of the region’s most well connected and influential recommenders.

This week Harris Oranges met with Holly Stiel of Thank You Very Much Inc.

2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Seattle and SF Semi-Finalist Recipes


2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Below are the cocktail recipes of San Francisco’s and Seattle’s semi-finalists for the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup. See the full post »

2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup LA and NYC Semi-Finalist Recipes


2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Below are the cocktail recipes of Boston’s and Chicago’s semi-finalists for the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup. See the full post »

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