Tales of the Cocktail is right around the corner and the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail Official Cocktail Competition has begun. Mutineer is pleased to have once again teamed up with Tales to sponsor this competition. This year’s theme is the Rickey cocktail, which bartenders are invited to make their own version of in hopes of it being crowned the official cocktail of the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail.
The Rickey dates back to the late 1800’s when George A. Williamson, a bartender at Shoomaker’s bar in Washington, D.C., would combine a base spirit with half a lime and sparkling mineral water for a Democratic lobbyist named Colonel Joseph Kyle Rickey. To encourage creativity in reinterpreting this classic drink, the guidelines for the competition are pretty loose. Any base spirit and any type of citrus is allowed, it just must be defined by three overarching characteristics:
1. It must be tart
2. It must have a carbonated element
3. It must be refreshing
“What makes the Rickey such a great drink, besides being so refreshing, is that it’s so simple. Spirit, lime, soda. Toss the shell in and go. That means it’s not only easy to make but open to endless possibilities,” said Derek Brown, owner of the Columbia Room in Washington, D.C. “Bartenders have their work cut out for them in this contest. It takes skill to add to such a straightforward drink and yet retain its original character.”
Among other prizes, the winner of the competition will be featured in Mutineer Magazine. Recipes must be in by April 24. For full rules and details, visit Tales of the Cocktail.
It is almost Earth Week and at Sonoma, California’s Gloria Ferrer, Vineyard Manager Mike Crumly and his crew have been busy growing California Buckeye saplings to celebrate. They are giving them out to people who visit their Arnold Drive tasting room. So go, relax on their patio, enjoy the wine, and celebrate this glorious planet.
I was poking around Facebook the other day when I noticed that the awesome folks over at 1313 Main in Napa were doing something pretty cool to help victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. They are sponsors for BottleRock, the awesome event that will descend on the Napa Valley here in a few weeks and have a few day passes that they have put up for auction on their Facebook page. All funds raised will be donated to The One Fund that was set up by Massachusetts Governor Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino to help those affected by the tragedy.
To bid, simply go and “like” the 1313 Main Facebook page
and leave a comment under their auction post with your bid.
Peju Province Winery General Manager Ariana Peju does more than run a winery, she is the keeper of her family legacy and is charged with taking it into the future. Beyond wine, Peju is a place of art, food and beauty. Now with Ariana’s environmental initiatives, she has demonstrated a commitment to the land and sustainability. We are proud to present Ariana as a member of the Drink Careers 101 Advisory Board. See the full post »
Here at Mutineer HQ, we like to encourage beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the beverage industry. Kickstarter is a great resource for these people to bring their ideas to life. One project we are particularly stoked about is the Osborn Brewing: Sustainable Hops For Local Brewers project.
Osborn Brewing is a home brew shop located in Monroe, Ohio run by Brent Osborn, a man on a mission to bring his customers fresh local hops via 86 acres of land in the Ohio Valley. We are pretty excited about this project, because sourcing better ingredients means only one thing; fine beverage. Check out the project and see if you can help them bring it to life. Be sure to watch the video, because if the dancing horsey doesn’t persuade you to fork over a few bucks, I don’t know what will.
Last week New Belgium invaded Northern California and the Sonoma International Film Festival. The third largest craft brewery in America began the celebration with a night of short films and beer cuisine cooked by none other than Sonoma’s own Sean Z. Paxton, The Home Brew Chef. The evening started with bacon fat popped popcorn with tomato and porcini powder, and brews on the patio at Ramekins Culinary School, Events and Inn in Sonoma. Throughout the meal, Chef Sean thrilled guests with his skilled and imaginative menu highlighting brews such as La Folie, Ranger IPA and Sunshine Wheat, showing their versatility in the kitchen.
The resulting meal was a feast for the senses as well as the eyes. During dinner New Belgium featured 3 of the 20 short films they presented at the film festival. I have attached one below, “The Man Who Lived On His Bike” for you to check out.
THE MAN WHO LIVED ON HIS BIKE from Guillaume Blanchet on Vimeo.
New Belgium is also hosting a traveling film festival of sorts, for those of you who couldn’t make it to Sonoma. Click here for more information.
The brewing community is rallying together to help victims in the wake of Monday’s tragedy. Today from 3:00pm to midnight Jack’s Abbey Brewing is hosting a fundraiser at The Tavern Framingham in Boston with 100% of the proceeds going to help victims. I spoke to Jack of Jack’s Abbey this morning and he told me that it all began with Three Tides & Marshall Warf Brewing Company of Belfast, ME wanting to find a way to donate beer to the cause. From there things snowballed with many generous members of the brewing community donating their libations to raise money for The One Fund, a fund set up by the State of Massachusetts to help those effected by the blast.
The breweries involved are:
Allagash Brewing Co
Atlantic Brewing Co
Battle Road Brewing Co
Brash Brewing Co
Cape Ann Brewing
Jack’s Abby Brewing
John Harvard’s Brew House
Left Hand Brewing
Maine Beer Co
Night Shift Brewing
Oxbow Brewing Co
Stone Brewing Co
Tree House Brewing Co
Tuckerman Brewing Co
If you are in or around Boston and would like to attend click here for more information.
If you can’t attend, but would like to donate to The One Fund click here.
Beer • Spirits • Wine
Yesterday was a terrible day. Triumph became chaos and the world turned bleak because of hate. We saw the worst of humanity, but in the same breath, the world saw what Boston was made of and it is stronger stuff than the madman who tried to crush it. The innate kindness of people trumped fear, and the compassionate actions of many were a shield against malice. See the full post »