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Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Tea For Tyrants

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Here at Mutineer HQ, we want to encourage beverage entrepreneurs in their efforts to bring something new to the beverage industry. Kickstarter is a great resource for these people to bring their ideas to life.

This week I am excited to tell you about the Tea For Tyrants project, by a collective of artists who want to enhance your music experience by adding fine beverage. The idea is to help young musicians gain exposure through the unique pairing of music downloads and green tea. For more information, check out their Kickstarter project.

Full Sail Brewing: Beer, Water & Responsibility


Here is a great video by our friends at Full Sail Brewing , showing the efforts they are taking to remain sustainable and lower their carbon footprint as well as to protect their precious water supply while they brew beer.

Full Sail Brewing Company’s Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson explains the steps the Brewery takes to conserve water and how they manage to have one of the lowest water use to beer ratios in the industry.


SF Beer Week Returns February 8 – 17


SF Beer Week

The annual celebration of all things San Francisco craft beer–SF Beer Week–is right around the corner, and Mutineer Magazine is proud to be a media sponsor of this year’s festivities. With events happening all over the Bay Area, craft beer lovers will be able to find something they love that is near them. After the SF Beer Week Opening Celebration at the Concourse Exhibition Center on February 8, it’s a week straight of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers, pint nights, beer releases, competitions, festivals, parties, and more. Come on out, meet your favorite craft brewers, and raise a pint to SF beer culture.

If you’re like me and terrible at navigating San Francisco’s complex public transit system, here are some tips on navigating SF Beer Week without driving.

For more information on this year’s events and to find events near you, visit the SF Beer Week website.

Tales of the Cocktail Just Six Months Away


Tales of the Cocktail

It’s hard to believe, but Tales of the Cocktail, the annual pilgrimage to New Orleans for cocktail and spirits enthusiasts, is just six months away. It is THE must-attend event for anyone in the spirits or bar industry, or for anyone who loves good cocktails and awesome people.

Tales of the Cocktail is four days jam packed with educational seminars, special events, parties, after parities, Spirited Dinners, more parties, cocktail competitions, tastings, a Spirited Awards ceremony, and more. The French Quarter plays host to Tales of the Cocktail, with over 20,000 thirsty travelers making their way to the Hotel Monteleone, considered Tales of the Cocktail HQ. Now in its 11th year, Tales of the Cocktail is bigger than ever, and they’ll be celebrating in Buenos Aires in April for Tales of the Cocktail on Tour.

In the New Orleans area and want to see what’s in store for this year’s Tales of the Cocktail? There is a preview that is open to the public on Thursday January 24 at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar and Lounge at 3pm. Click here to reserve a spot.

For up to date news and information about this year’s Tales of the Cocktail, visit their website and follow them on Facebook.

About Tales of the Cocktail:
Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture. Held annually in New Orleans, this international event has something for cocktail professionals and enthusiasts alike with a spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions and tasting rooms where brands showcase their latest products.

A Treat To Unwind: “I am a Craft Brewer” parody video


This is a parody of the original “I am a Craft Brewer” video that Stone Brewing created a few years ago.

A Look Into Genki-Su Japanese Drinking Vinegar

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A little over a month or so ago, I discovered a project on Kickstarter that really piqued my interest The project was for Genki-Su, a company out of Portland, Oregon producing drinking vinegar. The Kickstarter campaign was a success, enabling proprietors Judy and Takako to further their dream.

Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to sample their product and have become a fan. The drinking vinegars come in three flavors so far: Shiso, Ginger Honey and Yuzu Citron. I’ve only tried them with club soda, but they have some intriguing serving suggestions listed in the infographic below. I think I’ll try it in a beer first.


Thanks to Judy Tan of Genki-Su for the use of her awesome infographic.

History in the Tasting at the First Annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival


Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival

There was once a time when it was nearly impossible to imagine that California could produce wine, let alone wine of quality or distinction. But here we are, nearly forty years since the Judgment of Paris, and now it’s impossible to imagine California without it.

To a lesser extent, sometimes new wine-producing regions – even in California – receive a tepid reaction, at least in the beginning. Sometimes it takes a big event to get people’s attention.

A big event is exactly what’s offered by the first annual Sierra Pelona Wine Festival, on Saturday, January 26, from noon until 4pm. The festival is set to feature around 35 local wineries and garagistes from the area, alongside approximately 25 food vendors.

The Sierra Polena Valley is only about 30 miles north of Los Angeles, but it might as well be a different world. Even the landscape looks different, with landmarks like the Vasquez Rocks of Agua Dulce, so popular with hikers. The festival day will begin with a recognition of the spectacular natural vistas, which are an integral part of life and tourism in the valley, with a winemaker hike at 8:30 am. The festival, itself, will take place on Saturday January 26 from 11am-4pm at Reyes Winery (10262 Sierra Highway, Agua Dulce, CA 91390) – also in Agua Dulce – with proceeds benefitting the Henry Mayo Memorial Hospital.

Reyes Winery is also a bit of an unexpected surprise. It’s as quaint as the rest of the region, with vineyards transformed in 2002 from its history as a commercial frog pond. Perhaps echoing the olden days of Napa, it’s hard to imagine good wine coming out of a place like that. But the wine is actually very good – elegant, delicate, fruit-forward but restrained. Maybe it needs to be tasted to be believed. It wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened in California. But this time you have a chance to be part of history as it unfolds.

For more information about the Sierra Pelona Wine Festival and tickets, check out their Facebook page or their Sierra Pelona Wine Festival and tickets, check out their website.

Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy


New Holland Brewing's Fred Bueltmann

New Holland Brewing’s Fred Bueltmann

Here at Mutineer HQ, we want to encourage beverage entrepreneurs in their efforts to bring something new to the beverage industry. Kickstarter is a great resource for these people to bring their ideas to life.

This week I am featuring a Kickstarter project that is raising funds to create a book called the “Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy”. The book, written by friend of Mutineer at New Holland Brewing’s Fred Bueltmann, “sets out to change lives by encouraging people to select what they eat and drink mindfully, artfully integrating and pairing beer into their culinary landscape: breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Fred hopes to inform readers how to artfully integrate beer and food, and how to be a better host because of it.

Visit their Kickstarter campaign for more information and to help fund it. Time is running out, just 67 hours remain!

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