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6th Annual Midtown Cocktail Week, August 21st-25th


Midtown Cocktail Week

Midtown Business Association, in partnership with Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sacramento365.com, Mutineer Magazine, Bols and The Citizen Hotel, is proud to present the 6th Annual Midtown Cocktail Week from August 21st through August 25th, 2013. Midtown Cocktail Week (MCW) is a week-long celebration uniting local bartenders, fine spirits, fresh products and artisan cocktails. MCW was founded in 2008 by local cocktail enthusiasts Erick Castro and Joe Anthony Savala in order to celebrate Sacramento’s artisan cocktail movement.

MCW will feature nightly events at various restaurants throughout Sacramento including Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co, Blackbird, Grange and Red Rabbit with a cocktail competition at LowBrau Wednesday night to kick things off. For an official schedule of events, click here. All events are 21 years of age and older.

Education courses will occur all day Thursday and Friday. Highlights include a presentation from David Wondrich and the Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart. For a complete list of courses, click here. A special home bartending class is scheduled for Saturday at noon. To register, visit here.

MCW encourages responsible drinking. During Midtown Cocktail Week, guests can use the code MIDTOWNCOCKTAIL on the Uber app for a free ride home (up to $30.00).

During all MCW events and classes, guests are encouraged to use the hashtag #MCWSac through photos and messages on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. See the full post »

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Talking With Clint Rogers, 2012 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion


Clint Rogers

Photo by Anthony Tahlier

Mutineer caught up with the reigning Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion, Chicago’s Clint Rogers, to talk about his experience during the cocktail competition’s inaugural year. Clint offers up some advice to competitors, and being that he will be a finals judge in San Francisco this year, it would be wise to heed it!

How did you hear about the Luxardo Cocktail Cup last year?
A fellow bartender and CAP at Tales of the Cocktail told me about it. I beat him. He doesn’t tell me about competitions anymore.

Where did your inspiration come from for your Goat Town Swizzle?
I really love Fernet in tiki drinks. Chicago and the Bucktown neighborhood are big Fernet enthusiasts. I am a big fan of Luxardo’s Fernet and really wanted to incorporate that into the beverage. Bucktown was named after goats (Male goats being bucks) and I carried the idea a little further by making an herbal ice which works well with the minty Fernet and is meant to invoke the idea of goat food…also known as grass.

What was your experience like with the 2012 Luxardo Cocktail Cup and how did it feel to be crowned the first Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion?
I had a blast at the competition but by far the best part was meeting some new bartenders who I have remained close with.

Any advice for people submitting cocktails for the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup?
First, obviously make something delicious. Second, really think about how the cocktail can tell a story. Read those rules thoroughly…the judges do. You will win if you do.

Click here to enter the Luxardo Cocktail Cup.

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Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA Released Today


Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA

In celebrating their 17th anniversary, Escondido, CA’s Stone Brewing Co. has released their Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA. While we can’t pronounce it, we can tell you what it is. Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA is a double IPA, brewed with malts and hops traditionally used in German pilsners. According to the press release, Stone’s Brewmaster Mitch Steele “has always been a fan of German beers, and proposed a West Coast-style double/triple IPA with German hop and malt characteristics for this year’s Stone Anniversary Ale.”

Why “Götterdämmerung”? “Occasionally referred to as a disastrous conclusion of events, the name was chosen because Stone wanted to take West Coast IPA sensibilities and combine them with German ingredients. By unceremoniously mashing together one of the most traditional beer styles with one of the newest, Stone created a beer that well, may be the end (or perhaps the extension) of everything we thought we knew when it came to the range of uses for German hop varieties.”

Name: Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA
Stats: 9.5% ABV, 102 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning August 12
Hops bill: Magnum, Herkules, Merkur, Opal, Emerald (aka Smaragd), Strisselspalt, German Hersbrucker, Sterling
Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WA

Appearance: Pours deep gold and brilliantly crystal clear with an off-white colored head.
Aroma: Focused on hoppy, with herbal and stone fruit hop aromatics.
Taste: European hops—herbal, floral, spicy, peppery and resiny, balanced by very clean, intensely bitter, beautiful subtle malt flavors, and just a hint of alcohol.
Palate: Crisp and bitter. A very refreshing beer; well suited for the summer!

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Redhook Brewery and Hilliard’s Beer Team Up for Joint Effort Hemp Ale


Redhook Joint Effort Hemp Ale

We can’t make this stuff up, but it’s true! Two Washington craft breweries, Redhook Brewery and Hilliard’s Beer, have collaborated to create Joint Effort Hemp Ale as a celebration of “the legalization of marijuana in Washington State.”

The beer, Joint Effort, is a session ale brewed with hemp seeds. The pun-laced press release describes it as “Dry-hopped with Zeus, Cascade, Summit hops, Joint Effort has a dank, resinous hop aroma balanced by nutty, earthiness from hemp seeds. It’s the perfect brew for hanging with your buds, grabbing some munchies and enjoying a beer. ABV 5.6%, IBU 25.”

Of course, just leaving at that would be mundane. Oh yes, the tap handle is most creatively shaped like a bright yellow bong.

“We’re really excited to release Joint Effort with Redhook because we have a lot of respect for how they helped shape craft beer in Washington,” said Hilliard’s Beer co-founder Ryan Hilliard. “It’s the first collaboration beer either of us has done with another brewery and it’s fitting they started in Ballard a few blocks from where we are. Voting to legalize marijuana use in Washington is another example of the pioneering spirit that makes this state so great.”

Joint Effort has been available on draught only since July 15th and will launch in 22oz bottles under the Blueline Series in late October. The beer will be available in Washington State only.

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Mutineer Magazine Issue 28 Preview


Issue 28 - Summer 2013

Whether it’s where we’ve been or where we’re going, this mutinous journey keeps finding new ways to open our eyes to how truly special the beverage scene and beverage culture is.

Where we have been: In June, we were honored to produce and host the annual Wine Blog Awards at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. We also found ourselves at Firestone Walker’s Invitational Beer Festival in June, which in its second year is quickly becoming one of the raddest beer festivals in existence. Later, we attended the annual Auction Napa Valley, which managed to raise a record shattering $16 million for local charities.

And the future: Not long after printing this issue, we will be in full force at the annual cocktail pilgrimage in New Orleans known as Tales of the Cocktail (July 17–21). Are you serious about spirits and cocktails? Perfect, we’ll see you there. In August (21–25), we are proud to be the presenting media sponsor of Sacramento’s Midtown Cocktail Week, a city that is often overshadowed by San Francisco, but believe us when we say, “Sacramento can hang with the best of them”. In September, yours truly will attend Camp Runamok in Kentucky with some of the country’s best bartenders, an annual experience that is one part Camp Anawanna, one part education, and two parts bourbon — essentially summer camp for bartenders. While it may be too late to sign up for this year, bartenders, keep your eyes peeled for this event next year.

Lastly, on October 16, Mutineer Magazine and Anchor Distilling Company will host some of the nation’s top bartenders at the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup at Anchor’s San Francisco headquarters, all vying for the title of “Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion”.
After that? Sky’s the limit.

The Fall 2013 Issue of Mutineer Magazine brings you:


What started as a small group of California bartenders in 1948 has exploded into
41 chapters around the United States with a goal to empower bartenders through education, collaboration, and connecting with the communities around them. This is the story of the United States Bartenders’ Guild.


Mutineer takes an in-depth, behind the scenes look into cocktail documentary Hey Bartender, while taking the opportunity to chat with its director and celebrated cast.


David Wondrich is one of the most well known cocktail writers and historians in the world. Mutineer was fortunate enough to catch up with him for an interview where we talked about everything booze from Cobblers to Woo Woos.

The Fall issue also includes:

What People Drink: Tom Nichol
What People Drink: Helmut Adam
What People Drink: Erick Castro
Beer Styles: Pilsners
Classic Cocktails: Ramos Gin Fizz
DIY: Ginger Beer
+++ The Quest To Recreate Abbott’s Bitters, Colby Cheese, Sake Renegade: What is Authentic
Shōchū?, Wine Steals: Zinfandel, and much, much, more…

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Cocktail Friday: Martinez



It’s Friday and you know what that means, it is time to put away those TPS reports and belly up to the bar for a cocktail. For some of you, that means breaking out your Boston shaker and recipe books, but if you are looking for a great recipe to try then look no further than the Mutineer’s Cocktail Friday.

This week we are featuring a classic cocktail that is considered one of the OG’s of the cocktail world. The Martinez first appeared in Jerry Thomas’s Bartender Guide in the 1880s and is thought (although it is widely disputed) to be the precursor to both the Martini and the Manhattan. This recipe comes to us from Martini (formerly Martini & Rossi) and highlights one their most iconic products, sweet vermouth.

If you haven’t tried a Martinez yet, I highly recommend shaking one (or two) up today to celebrate the weekend. Here is Martini’s version of the Martinez cocktail.

1 oz. Genèver (or substitute gin if Genèver is unavailable)
2 oz. MARTINI Sweet Vermouth
1 dash oranges bitters
2 dashes maraschino liqueur

Stir with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Geek Out Geek Bar


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. One project I dig right now is from Geek Out Geek Bar out of Chicago, Il.

I’ll admit it, I am an RPG playing, Tolkien loving, Doctor Who obsessed geek. Midnight Lord of the Rings extended version movie marathon? Yes, please! So, when I found the Geek Out Geek Bar project on Kickstarter I knew I had to share it here.

This project is about creating a space where geeks can roll 40 sided dice in comfort and read menus by the light of a sonic screwdriver, all while eating incredible food and drinking fine beverage. If you’re interested in supporting this campaign check out the project here.

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TOTC Wrap Up: Aperitivo Italiano


(L to R) Alejandra Pena, Luca Cordiglieri, William Perbellini, Jacopo Falleni, Francesco Lafranconi, Francesco Turro, Davide Perbellini, Mauro Mahjoub, Roberto Bava, Antonio Guarda, Matteo Luxardo, Orietta Maria, Varnelli, Leonardo Vena, Pasquale Provinzano, Rosistella Provinzano, Pasquale Vena

If you missed out on the Spirit of Italy’s lively “Aperitivo Italiano” happy hour at Tales of the Cocktail, you can be assured that it was an event to remember. Italy’s premier bartenders wowed the crowd as they crafted delicious cocktails using exciting Italian aperitifs, liqueurs, and amari. The iconic Italian brands featured in these cocktails were Amaro Lucano, Cocchi, Luxardo, Moccia, Nardini, Pallini, Toschi, and Varnelli. Each bartender crafted their own sensational cocktail showcasing the versatility and mixability of each of these fine brands.

20130717_mutineer-300 The atmosphere in the Fleur de Lis suite at the Royal Sonesta in New Orleans was electric with the aperitif-style cocktails enriched by the Venetian Carnevale spirit. The experience was rounded out with live Italian music, aperitif themed bites, and to top it off guests were offered handmade masks from Venice, Italy.

Hundreds of thirsty Tales of the Cocktail attendees stopped by the suite during the hour and a half event to learn about the brands and to try the seven cocktails being offered.

The evening was a huge success with The Spirit of Italy making their mark on Tales goers with Italian-style reverie and delicious aperitivo.

If you are interested in trying some of the cocktails featured at Aperitivo Italiano, you can view the cocktail recipe booklet here.

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