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Mutinous Giveaway!


Throughout the month of December we are giving away a several beverage books courtesy of Sterling Publishing, some of which were featured in the holiday edition of Mutineer Library in Issue 26.

The books up for grabs are:

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment answering the scavenger hunt questions below and the name of the book you are most interested in. The winner will be chosen completely at random and the book will be mailed to you after the Giveaway is complete. Sorry, this giveaway is open to U.S. readers only.
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Friday Cocktail: Cali Mayflower



Thanksgiving may be over, but if you’re like me you’ve still got a hankering for a taste of cranberry. If so, you’re in luck because the good folks at Caliche Rum came up with this tasty concoction of cranberry, lime and rum topped with bitters. So mix it up, and enjoy your Friday cocktail.

Cali Mayflower

  • 2 oz. Caliche Rum
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. cranberry jam (1 oz. if using cranberry sauce)
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • dried cranberries for garnish

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a rocks filled glass and top with the bitters. Add dried cranberries for garnish.

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Mutineer President Alan Kropf Speaks at TEDx December 2

Beverage News


Mutineer’s Alan Kropf will be speaking at TEDx Napa Valley on Sunday at the Napa Valley Opera House, as well as appearing at the Speaker Dinner tomorrow at the Andaz Hotel in Napa, which will feature the culinary talents of Executive Chef Sarah Linkenheil. The theme of the conference is “connected”, and Alan will be bringing his perspective on cultural characters to the conversation alongside the impressive list of talented speakers who will also be presenting.

Tickets are still available to both the speaking event and the dinner. See the full post »

The Homebrew Chef And Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company


Chef Sean Z. Paxton

Sean Z. Paxton “The Homebrew Chef has traveled the world cooking with the world’s finest brews and now he is bringing his incredible beer cuisine to the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. Sean will take you around the Point Reyes dairy farm, lead you through cheese tasting, and cook a sumptuous lunch you won’t soon forget. Check out the menu below.


Local Oysters + Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout mignonette + Original Blue

Root Vegetables + Russian River Temptation-Braised Turkey Pot Pie with New Blue Barley Crust

Local Lamb Cheeks Braised in Lagunitas Brewing Co. Cappuccino Stout + Toma Mashed Potatoes + Sautéed Winter Greens + Gremolata

Beer Caramel Mousse + Spiced Red Rocket Ale Cake + Pumpkin Seed-Ale Brittle

Date: Saturday, December 8th

Time: 10:30am – 3:00pm

Fee: $120 Register at The Fork At Point Reyes or via phone at 800.591.6878.

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Nikka Japanese Whisky Launched in US


Anchor Distilling Company has recently announced the launch of Nikka Whisky in the United States, becoming the second Japanese whisky label on the market. Two unique expressions will be available: Taketsuru Pure Malt 12-year-old and Yoichi Single Malt 15-year-old.

Taketsuru Pure MaltYoichi Single MaltTaketsuru Pure Malt 12-year-old (SRP $69.99) is composed of pure malt whisky blended in vats from the Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. Nikka’s second distillery, Miyagikyo is located in Sendai, northern Honshu. The distillery site is surrounded by mountains and sandwiched between two fresh water rivers, providing excellent humidity and air quality conditions for soft and mild malt. Ripe, sweet aromas such as apple and pear combined with a silky smooth texture on the palate makes Taketsuru a perfect introduction to the Japanese whisky style.

Yoichi Single Malt 15-year-old (SRP $129.99) is an expression made at the Yoichi distillery, on the island of Hokkaido. Built in 1934, Yoichi is Nikka’s first and Japan’s most northern distillery. The distinct aroma and body of this whisky is attributed to direct heating distillation, in which pot stills are heated with finely powdered natural coal – a traditional method that is now rare, even in Scotland. Reminiscent of the Highland style, this rich, peaty and masculine malt offers notes of spice, coffee, caramel and a touch of smoke.

Nikka Whisky can be found throughout the United States.

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Luxardo Liqueurs: More Than Maraschino, Featuring Francesco Lafranconi and the Lady Whisper Cocktail


Filmed and produced by our friends at Small Screen Network on location at Anchor Distilling Company, Luxardo Liqueurs: More Than Maraschino featuring Francesco Lafranconi discusses Luxardo Apricot Liqueur and teaches you how to make the Lady Whisper Cocktail.

Luxardo Apricot Liqueur won first prize during a competition for a new, innovative Italian liqueur, held in Rome in 1935. This is why the label states “Liquore della Lupa”, Lupa being the female of the wolf and the symbol of Rome. In the Lady Whisper Cocktail, the liqueur provides a well rounded and sweet flavor and a persistent fragrance that combines well with the richness of the rum and rye whiskey.

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Johnnie Walker to Release The Spice Road


Johnnie Walker Launches The Spice Road

Johnnie Walker was a traveling man and paying homage to him and his family, Johnnie Walker is releasing the Explorers’ Club Collection beginning with The Spice Road. According to the press release, “From 1820, the Walker family and their agents travelled the world, navigating their way down the famous trade routes: the Spice Road of Europe and Asia; the Royal Route from Europe to Persia; and the Gold Route of the Americas and the Caribbean, in pursuit of adventures bringing both new business and rich experiences.

Their efforts ensured that, by the 1920s, Johnnie Walker had arrived in 120 countries and was being enjoyed on the great railways, luxury ocean liners and early transatlantic flights. Meanwhile, the striking image of the Johnnie Walker Striding Man was becoming an icon all over the world.”

In honor of the Johnnie Walker family and to those who travel today, The Spice Road will be available in duty free stores in Europe, the Middle East and Australia in December. It will be available in duty free stores globally from January 2013 with a recommended retail price of $43.

The second and third releases in the Trade Routes Series – Johnnie Walker The Gold Route and Johnnie Walker The Royal Route will be available in duty free stores in 2013.

About The Spice Road:

“The first release, Johnnie Walker The Spice Road is an evocative expression of the vibrancy, aromas and spices that the Johnnie Walker agents would have discovered in the thriving markets around Asia. It is a whisky of exceptional smoothness and rich flavour, matured in old oak casks for an intense finish inspired by spice markets, but still true to the Johnnie Walker signature style.”

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Smithsonian’s American Wine Exhibit Opens


Food: The Exhibit

Yesterday, November 20th, the Smithsonian opened its American Wine Exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. The exhibit includes multiple displays, one of which is “Red, White, and American,” paying homage to the 1976 Judgement of Paris in which the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay and 1973 Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon beat the French in a blind tasting in France. A bottle of the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay is included in the display.

Another display celebrates artifacts from American wine history like old books and original tools from early winemaking pioneers like Mike Grgich, Andre Tchelistcheff, the BIale family, and Nathan Fay.

Thomas Jefferson also gets some love, who tried unsuccessfully to plant French grape vines in Virginia. The display also shows, that while it may have not worked for Thomas Jefferson at the time, how Virginia is putting their name on the map as a grape growing region.

Beyond wine, visitors can even visit the kitchen of Julia Child’s Cambridge, Massachusetts home, as donated by Julia in 2001.

For more information, visit the FOOD: The Exhibition page on the National Museum of American History website.

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