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Spoonbar’s 5th Golden Barspoon Cocktail Competition With Bombay Sapphire East – Jan 16

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SpoonBar

Some of the North Bay Area’s best bartenders will come together at Healdsburg’s Spoonbar this Wednesday for the 5th Golden Barspoon Competition. Bartenders from all over the North Bay will be competing for cocktail glory, $400 cash, dinner, and a night’s stay at Spoonbar, all with the newly released Bombay Sapphire East.

Mutineer Editor-in-Chief Brian Kropf will be one of three judges, so if you’re in the area, be sure to swing on through. The Spoonbar staff will be making $5 Bombay Sapphire East Drinks all night long. If interested in competing and you are a working bartender, email cappysorentino@gmail.com for details.

The event will start at 6:30 and finish at 8:30.



Cocktail Recipe: Cali Wonderland

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The folks at Caliche Rum have another cocktail recipe for you today the Cali Wonderland, a delicious mix of rum citrus and Maraschino topped with bitters.So grab your best stirring spoon and get drinking.

Cali Wonderland
1 1/2 oz. Caliche Rum
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 bar spoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash aromatic bitters
1 lemon slice, for garnish

Additional lemon juice and granulated sugar for garnish

Rub the rim of a festive old-fashioned glass with lemon juice and then dip it into the sugar and set aside to dry. Stir all ingredients over ice in a mixing glass and strain into the crusted glass. Garnish with the lemon slice.



Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Lalo’s Original Horchata

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Horchata Ingredients

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 dedicated to one of my favorite non-alcoholic beverages, horchata. Down in Tucson, AZ Blake Morrison is attempting to bring Lalo’s Original Horchata to life. Let’s give him a hand, and maybe you’ll be able to test out one of his horchata cocktail ideas listed on the project page with the pledge gift.



The Search is On for the Next Encanto Pisco Distiller’s Apprentice

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For the second year, Campo de Encanto Pisco is inviting every American Bartender to join them in Peru for one amazing week this March, 2013 to roll up their sleeves, experience the harvest and fermentation of the Pisco grapes, distillation, and then learn the craft of blending Campo de Encanto Pisco

To qualify:

1) You must be an actively employed bartender working in a bar or restaurant.
2) Your bar/restaurant of employment must feature Campo de Enanto Pisco on its cocktail menu.
3) Film a short video of yourself making your cocktail and telling us why you want to be a Distiller’s Apprentice.
4) In the video, first introduce yourself and then take a minute to sincerely tell us why you want to learn more about distillation, Pisco, and making Campo de Encanto. We’re looking for bartenders with honesty and integrity as much as those with great culinary technique.
5) In the video please show your bar/restaurant’s printed cocktail menu which features the selected Encanto cocktail.
6) The video must be named and uploaded according to the following format to your YouTube Channel: NAME_CITY_BAR_COCKTAIL_2013
7) Then, send an email to apprentice@liquidthinktank.com with a link to your video informing us that your video has been uploaded, and that you’d like to be considered.
8) VIDEO MUST BE UPLOADED BY 11:59pm PST ON FEBRUARY 15, 2013



Etsy Fine Beverage Finds: Blue Moon Beer Soap

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BlueMoon1

Erin’s Pick:
Blue Moon Beer Soap

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Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest Brewery Lineup

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Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest

David Walker leads the charge into the innaurgural FWIBF. Photo credit: Roy Chavoya

If you didn’t make it to last year’s Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest , you missed out. It was an event not to be missed and 2013 looks like it will be no different.

Mutineer has gotten the inside scoop on what breweries are confirmed to attend at this point. They are:

Alesmith
Alpine
Ballast Point
Beachwood BBQ
Bear Republic
Bell’s (MI)
Bone Yard (OR)
Boulevard (MO)
The Bruery
Cigar City (FL)
Fifty Fifty
Founder’s (MI)
Golden Road
Green Flash
Hollister Brewing Co
Kern River
Lagunitas Brewing
Lost Abby/Port
Mikkeller (Denmark)
Moonlight
Nebraska Brewing Co. (NE)
New Belgium (CO)
Odell Brewing (CO)
Pizza Port (ALL)
Revolution (IL)
Russian River
Sierra Nevada
Stone Brewing
Sun King (IN)
TAPS
Faction Brewery
Trumer Brauerei

And more to be announced. Each brewery is required to bring a session beer as well as a rare beer, which are often beers brewed in limited quantities, one offs, and other barrel aged treats.

Tickets will go on sale February 1 and WILL SELL OUT FAST. The event will be held June 1 and admission is $75. Visit the event website for more information.

Who not on the list do you want to see?



The Bruery Provisions is Closing

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The Bruery Provisions

Southern California’s brewery, The Bruery, who took the craft beer scene by storm with beers like Black Tuesday, Chocolate Rain, Oude Tart, and their 12 Days of Christmas beers, has just announced that they will be closing their Bruery Provisions storefront located in Orange, California. While The Bruery affirms the store was an important part of their company, they have decided that “after examining our growing business, increased production capacity, barrel aging efforts, enhanced Tasting Room, and growing membership societies, it became apparent that Provisions is not the best use of our limited resources.” As such, The Bruery Provisions will stop sales effective January 13th.

In the meantime, “the entire Provisions’ stock of craft beers, wines, cheeses, charcuterie and other artisanal products will be discounted this week. Reserve Society and Hoarder’s Society members will receive 30% off beginning Tuesday, January 8th. The same discount will be available to the general public beginning Thursday, January 10th. We will stop food service effective today, January 8th, and retail service will stop on Sunday, January 13th. Beer from The Bruery will not be included in this sale, but will continue to be available at our Tasting Room, in Placentia.”



Etsy Fine Beverage Finds: Hipster Hip Hop Kitty Flask

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HipHopKitty

In recent years Etsy has become an incredible outlet, providing the hands-on citizens of the world with a place to sell their handmade goods. We are big fans of Etsy here at Mutineer HQ, and we want to help spread the word about the handmade goods we love, and the great people who make them.

Erin’s Pick:
Hipster Hip Hop Kitty 6oz. Hip Flask

Why I Dig It:
It is a hipster hip hop kitty flask. What isn’t awesome about that?

The Cost:
$18.95

The Shop:
LadyRene



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