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Drink American on 4th of July

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The 4th of July is here once again, and once again we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and our independence as a nation. On the 4th, people revel with fireworks, parades, parties, BBQs, and, of course, beverages.

But what will you be drinking on this 4th? Have you put any thought into it? Naturally, we would recommend to drink something American made and owned by an American company, as today is a day all about America. Sometimes, this isn’t as easy as you’d think. Budweiser, for example, is one of the highest selling beers by volume in the United States and when people think of America, Budweiser certainly comes to mind as it’s a brewery that first put roots down in America in 1852. Today, however, it’s owned by a Brazilian-Belgian company and headquartered in Belgium. Likewise, some of the classic and most popular made-in-Kentucky bourbons are owned by a Japanese company. Surprise!

So, this 4th, here are some beverages we recommend.

Cider

As many emigrants came to America from Europe, they brought the popularity of cider with them and it eventually rose to the point in the 18th century where it became a staple on every family’s table. New England alone in the 18th century was churning out over 300,000 gallons of cider very year.

Tilted Shed Ciderworks
Windsor, CA

Hailing from California’s Sonoma County is Tilted Shed Ciderworks which owners Scott Heath and Ellen Cavalli call a “hobby gone wild.” They started with organic farming in New Mexico and an old, gnarled, neglected apple orchard became the inspiration to try their hand at cider. With promising results, their hobby turned more serious and they eventually moved to west Sonoma County, an area famous for wine grapes that they thought would translate well to apples for cider…and it did.

We recommend their Graviva! Semidry Cider. Graviva was created to celebrate and highlight the Gravenstein apple. Lightly effervescent and golden hued with pronounced acidity and a hint of sweetness, this cider pairs best with some of its kindred brethren, Sonoma County cheeses.

Tilted Shed Graviva!

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Comments Off on Drink American on 4th of July 07.04.2014 |

Suntory Launches New “3D on the Rocks” Campaign

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Suntory 3D On The Rocks

Suntory, the brand most well known for their Japanese whiskey that includes Hibiki and Yamazaki, as well as their recent acquisition of Beam Global, has introduced a new marketing campaign which is pretty incredible.

Suntory’s 3D on the Rocks features incredibly intricate ice carvings milled on a CNC machine and that fit perfectly in a whisky tumbler. So far we’ve seen a Buddhist temple as well as an astronaut.

This campaign, which was focused on Japan, allowed consumers to send in submissions of what they’d like to see made.


Comments Off on Suntory Launches New “3D on the Rocks” Campaign 04.24.2014 |

The Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Cocktail Competition is Now Live

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Tales of the Cocktail

Mutineer Magazine is proud to once again be sponsoring Tales of the Cocktail’s Official Cocktail Competition.

For the 2014 Cocktail Competition, Tales of the Cocktail is getting back to its New Orleans roots by celebrating one of the city’s most renowned cocktails: The Hurricane. A legend of the French Quarter since the 1940s, the Hurricane has become a staple in bars around the world. Now we’re challenging bartenders to pay homage to this classic cocktail with their own creations.

The Hurricane hails from Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street. Whiskey was in short supply after WWII, while liquor distributors were overstocked in rum; their solution was to force bars to buy a case of rum with every Scotch purchase. Legend has it that Pat O’Brien’s head bartender, Louis Culligan, came up with the Hurricane as a way to get rid of all that rum. Culligan revealed his recipe to “Cabaret” magazine in 1956: 4 ounces of gold rum, the juice of 2 lemons, and 2 ounces of “Fassionola,” a brand of bottled red passion fruit mix.

How you reinterpret this drink for 2014 is up to you, but in order not to stray too far from the original concept, your recipe must follow these three rules:

  • Your base spirits must include (but are not limited to) at least one rum.
  • Your sweetening agents must include (but are not limited to) passion fruit.
  • It doesn’t matter how you get there, but the color of your drink should be red — or at least reddish, which is one of the hallmarks of the Hurricane. So is the Hurricane’s signature curvaceous tall glass; bonus points for crafting a drink that looks good in one.

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Comments Off on The Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Cocktail Competition is Now Live 03.04.2014 |

Utah’s High West Distillery Unveils ‘A Midwinter Night’s Dram’

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A Midwinter Night’s Dram

High West Distillery announced today the release of A Midwinter Night’s Dram, which went on sale at the High West Saloon and General Store in downtown Park City on Valentine’s Day.

A Midwinter Night’s Dram is a limited-release of High West’s award winning Rendezvous Rye whiskey finished for several months in port and French oak barrels. Rendezvous Rye is a mix of a straight 6-year-old with a mashbill containing 95% rye/5% barley malt and a straight 16-year-old with a mashbill containing 80% rye/10% corn/10% barley malt

“The rye forms a beautiful vanilla, caramel and cinnamon base, the port barrels add plums and dried fruits, and the French Oak adds a spice accent,” High West proprietor David Perkins said. “It tastes like a proper Christmas plum pudding with lovely mulling spices, dried fruits and crème Anglaise. We knew this was just perfect in the middle of a long cold winter.”

It is bottled at 98.6 and priced at $79.99. It is currently available in limited quantities at the High West Saloon and General Store in downtown Park City and will go on sale nationwide in October.


Comments Off on Utah’s High West Distillery Unveils ‘A Midwinter Night’s Dram’ 02.18.2014 |

Celebrate President’s Day With a Cocktail

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Basil Hayden's Presidential Cherry Spice

It’s no secret that George Washington was a fan of alcohol, with his favorites being sweet fortified wines like Madeira and Port. He also drank rum punch, porter, and whiskey.

It’s not known if he drank whiskey, but after his death in 1799, plain whiskey, cinnamon whiskey, apple, peach and persimmon brandy, and rectified apple brandy were all found in his cellar. One also can not overlook the fact that Washington himself had a distillery consisting of five still operating at his Mount Vernon home, which has been resurrected and it operates today much as it did back then and is powered purely by backbreaking manual labor and wood fires.

Basil Hayden’s teamed up with acclaimed Chicago bartender Charles Joly of the Aviary and asked him to create a cocktail in honor of our first very president. The cocktail combines cherries, Washington’s favorite fruit, with Basil Hayden’s, a whiskey whose namesake is Basil Hayden Sr., who started distilling in 1796 when George Washington was in office.

Basil Hayden’s Presidential Cherry Spice
Recipe by Charles Joly – Chicago, IL

Ingredients:
2 Parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3⁄4 parts Heering® Cherry Liqueur
1 dash Fee Brothers® Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
2 parts Milk Stout Beer
Fresh Nutmeg

Method:
1. Combine Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, cherry liqueur and bitters in a mixing glass.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Roll in the milk stout beer.
4. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice.
5. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and cherry on top


Comments Off on Celebrate President’s Day With a Cocktail 02.14.2014 |

Pernod Ricard Looks to Redefine Home Cocktail Experience

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Pernod Ricard Gutenberg Project

Pernod Ricard, the brand responsible for bringing us iconic brands like Beefeater and Plymouth gins, Red Breast Irish Whiskey, Aberlour Whisky, Absolut, and more, has been looking into a way to redefine the home cocktail experience as we know it with their Project Gutenberg. They’re certainly getting close.

According to Pernod Ricard, “Project Gutenberg is revolutionising the “bar at home” concept. It will make way for a designer library, made up of “container books” each holding a sealed bottle of spirits, all connected to a service platform: from basic home delivery, automatically triggered according to the container level, to a whole range of tutorials about mixology (cocktail recipes, personalised offers, etc.) Project Gutenberg is redefining cocktail culture and turning it into a more accessible experience involving more expertise. Creating and inventing cocktails for friends becomes more intuitive and more entertaining.”

At first glance, you would think the folks at Apple had created this system, but it was conceived and developed by Pernod Ricard’s Breakthrough Innovation Group (BIG), a Group-integrated start-up devoted to ground-breaking innovation. Users will order a selection of Pernod Ricard “container books,” which make up the bulk of the system. These look like individual cartridges containing full bottles of alcohol inside and with small taps that are all linked to an iPad. The iPad will control all of the container books and it will be responsible for pouring measures of alcohol, as well as ordering new container books, providing cocktail recipes and information, tutorials, showing fill levels of each unit, and more. Container books can be reordered right from the system for home delivery.

Will this actually come to market and be more than just a concept? Will it make it to the US? Will Pernod Ricard ever be able to sell Havana Club in the US?

Who knows, but we’ll be watching intently.

To watch the video of Project Gutenberg in action, click here.


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Wild Turkey 101 Rye is Back

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Wild Turkey 101

Due to a demand for rye whiskey that couldn’t be planned for in 2012, Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey was replaced with Wild Turkey 81 in many areas. Naturally, what limited stocks of rye whiskey Wild Turkey had could be spread further by adding water to decrease the proof from 101 to 81. While people did enjoy the 81 proof version, there was still a void that many passionate whiskey enthusiasts and bartenders wanted filled. One of those bartenders was San Diego’s Erick Castro of Polite Provisions, who created a “Bring Back Wild Turkey 101 Rye” group on Facbeook.

Luckily for Castro, Wild Turkey listened. “To be completely frank, we didn’t realize bartenders had such a passion for it. Given the bartending community can be directly attributed for the current resurgence in Rye and classic cocktails, we had to listen and take the necessary steps with our available aged stock to bring 101 Rye back,” said Master Distiller Jimmy Russell.

As for Erick Castro? “It was definitely a tough blow to the cocktail world when Wild Turkey 101 Rye disappeared. I always found it worked beautifully in cocktails, both stirred & shaken,” said Castro. “Because of this, I am elated to hear that it will be available again for craft bartenders looking for a quality rye that shines in drinks we serve across the bar.”

Wild Turkey 101 won’t be brought back nationally, but the brand will be re-introduce in one liter bottles targeting on-premise accounts in 21 markets across the country.


Comments Off on Wild Turkey 101 Rye is Back 11.26.2013 |

Kickstarter Spotlight: Borgata Brewery & Distillery

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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. The latest project to catch my eye is from Zac Triemert and Holly Mulkins of Borgata Brewery & Distillery out of Omaha, NE.

Zac and Holly are opening a brewery and distillery and are looking for your help to build a tasting room to help them bring Borgata to the people of Omaha. The Borgata Brewery & Distillery Tasting Room will be serving up canned beer such as their flagship brew, the Borgata Pils as well as a variety of single malt whiskey. Borgata will also be the first distillery in Omaha since before Prohibition, and if the single malt doesn’t make it a worthy cause then that should. Check out their Kickstarter project and help them make this a reality.


Comments Off on Kickstarter Spotlight: Borgata Brewery & Distillery 09.25.2013 |

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