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Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight: Savino


Here at Mutineer we always have an eye out for the next thing in beverage and thanks to Kickstarter we think we’ve found something that fits the bill. Scott Tavenner created the Savino: Today’s Wine Tomorrow, wine saving solution to allow the consumer to be a bit more leisurely with their wine consumption. I’ll admit, there is the occasional bottle left unfinished in my house and something like this just may come in handy. The Savino project is almost over, but are still a few levels available for pledges, so check it out and see what the excitement is all about.

Hit them up on Facebook and Twitter, or check out their website.

The Happening: Firestone Walker XVI Anniversary Ale Release


Firestone Walker Cornhole Champions

Firestone Walker 2012 Cornhole Champions flank Firetone head brewer Dustin Krall.

What: Firestone Walker XVI Anniversary Ale Release
When November 3, 2012
Where: Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Paso Robles, CA

Enthusiastic craft beer lovers flocked to Firestone Walker’s newly built brewhouse to celebrate the release of their coveted annual anniversary ale. Guests enjoyed beer samples, live music, purchased Firestone Walker XVI Anniversary Ale and competed in a cornhole tournament against the brewers. The team that won the cornhole tournament has previously beaten the brewer’s team and head brewer Dustin Krall has vowed to beat them next year.

Firestone Walker brewers teamed up with some of the region’s top winemakers to create the XVI Anniversary Ale blend. Chosen for their innate blending abilities, they would help blend, taste and throw friendly jabs as they attempted to create the unique anniversary ale. In the end, one blend was left standing.


“We blended together 226 oak barrels and eight different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional.” – Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

Velvet Merkin / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 23% of Final Blend
-Traditional Oatmeal Stout

Stickee Monkee / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 22.5% of Final Blend
-English Barley Wine

Double DBA / Aged in retired Firestone Union Barrels / 20.3% of Final Blend
-Double strength English Pale Ale

Parabola / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 10.8% of Final Blend
-Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout

PNC / Aged in Tequila Barrels / 8.1% of Final Blend
-American Strong Buckwheat Stout

Helldorado / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 5.4% of Final Blend
-Blonde Barley Wine

Bravo / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 5.4% of Final Blend
-Imperial Brown Ale

Wookey Jack / 100% Stainless Steel / 4.5% of Final Blend
-Black Rye India Pale Ale

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Beverage Kickstarter Spotlight – Cocktail Crate: Mixers Handcrafted in Queens


Here at Mutineer HQ, we feel it is our responsibility to support and encourage beverage entrepreneurs in their efforts to bring something new tot he industry, and over at Kickstarter, there are a lot of beverage minded people trying to get their businesses off the ground, so we decided to spotlight some of our favorites. This week we’ve chosen to spotlight Cocktail Crate: Mixers Handcrafted in Queens as our favorite Kickstarter Project. Check out his page to learn more and donate to this exciting new beverage project.

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Japan Launching “Pepsi White”, Not Getting Hopes Up

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Pepsi WhiteDon’t let the festive snowman deceive you. Foul play is at work…

Crystal Pepsi is amazing. I realize it’s not the first time I’ve made such a claim on this blog, and it certainly won’t be the last, but new evidence has surfaced that at first glance gives those of us patiently awaiting the return of clear cola some hope.

According to ABC News:

Pepsi Japan is launching a new clear cola drink just in time for the holidays. Called Pepsi White, the drink is tangerine-flavored and the packaging is designed with colorful snowmen.

Beyond the obvious, which is that colorful snowmen are awesome and obscure clear cola trends are significant enough to our culture that major news organizations track related foreign product development, I’m not sure how to feel about this given the tangerine factor. Don’t get me wrong, tangerine is a fine flavor and could actually be quite tasty in the context of a cola blend, but the legacy of Crystal Pepsi was built on the minimalism of delicious cola delivered in a clear format, and I fear that the Japanese may end up on a slippery slope of taking questionable liberties with the clear format.

Oh wait, they already did. The ABC News article continues:

Pepsi Japan first launched Pepsi White in 2008, which was a Pepsi and yogurt-flavored beverage.

NO. This is no good at all. Capturing the flavor of yogurt and adding it to clear Pepsi is a win for no one. Their treatment of the clear cola format is beyond concerning and shows a lack of respect for the whimsical Crystal Pepsi-fueled memories of my youth. I have to imagine that even yogurt cola enthusiasts feel some level of shame for what has to be the result of a lost bet or bitter vendetta…or an inception plot by the folks over at Coca Cola.

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Etsy Fine Beverage Finds: Cocktail Coaster

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Cocktail Coasters


What: Set of 6 laser inscribed wooden Cocktail Coasters

Featured Shop: digiFABfurniture

Digitally Fabricated Furniture

digiFABfurniture is run by Ryan Noone out of Boston and they specialize in these cool little cocktail coasters.

Why We Dig It: From the Old Fashioned to the Americano, each Cocktail Coaster comes complete with a classic cocktail recipe laser cut into it.

The Cost: $31.99

The Shop:

Check out the shop here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/110260751/cocktail-coaster

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Murphy-Goode Launches Search to Find a “Grill Sergeant” in Honor of Veteran’s Day


Murphy-Goode Grill Sergeant


Veteran’s Day is this Monday, and it’s a day to remember the brave men and women who have served our country and defended our freedom. And for those of us that served, it is a day to reflect on our service, where we’ve been and who we’ve met, and those close friends that we’ve lost along the way.

I proudly spent six years of service in the Army: four and a half years in the storied 82nd Airborne Division as a Paratrooper in the Airborne Infantry, and a year and half in the California Army National Guard as a reconnaissance scout. Before I was old enough to legally drink, I found myself in Iraq in the middle of a war. A planned four-month deployment quickly turned into fifteen months of ground combat.

Mutineer Brian Kropf in Iraq

Mutineer Brian Kropf in Iraq

After finishing my deployment to Iraq, I had the incredible opportunity to see the humanitarian side of military service as my unit spearheaded the relief efforts in Haiti. We arrived just days after the devastating earthquake in 2010 that killed 220,000 and displaced over a million people on the impoverished island. It was enlightening to say the least.

After experiencing so much during my military service, I am encouraged and thankful to see the philanthropic efforts by beverage companies to remember, honor and support those who have served.

One such company is Sonoma’s Murphy-Goode Winery. In honor of Veteran’s Day last year, Murphy-Goode launched “Give Goode. Do Goode.”, a holiday promotion which raised $40,000 for Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial aid and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. “The approaching holidays can be an emotional and trying time for military families,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of the Rockville, Md.-based Operation Homefront. “We’re grateful for the assistance from partners like Murphy-Goode.
Murphy-Goode Homefront Cuvée
This year, Murphy-Goode has continued their tradition of supporting Veterans with “Operation Grill Sergeant”, a project seeking a chef to be the Murphy-Goode Grill Sergeant. The Grill Sergeant will report directly to the Executive Chef and will be responsible for creating exciting recipes to pair with Murphy-Goode wines, compete in barbeque competitions, and represent the winery on national tours. Military service and culinary education (or equivalent) are a requirement. Visit the Murphy-Goode Operation Grill Sergeant website for complete information and requirements.

This is an important cause and a personal one for me,” said Dave Ready, Jr., winemaker for Murphy-Goode. “My father, both grandfathers and a great-grandfather were veterans. I think about my family’s experience, and I can’t emphasize how vital it is to support not only our soldiers, but the loved ones who stand bravely beside them.

Additionally, Murphy-Goode has collaborated with Operation Homefront on a special bottling of wine, “2006 Homefront Cuvée”, with a percentage of the proceeds from every bottle sold benefitting Operation Homefront. Homefront Cuvée will be released on Sunday, November 11 at the Murphy-Goode tasting room in downtown Healdsburg as part of a Veteran’s Day celebration from 11am to 3pm. The wine is 100% merlot made with grapes from the historic Keyes Vineyard located at an elevation of 1,600 feet on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. According to winemaker Dave Ready, Jr., “Homefront Cuvée exudes aromas of smoke, minerals, cedar and leather. Flavors of red plums and blueberries give to a rich expression of round tannins and a long and smooth finish. Homefront Cuvée is a meaningful way for Murphy-Goode to show how much we appreciate what American service members do for our nation.” Homefront Cuvée can be purchased on the Murphy-Goode website.

Well-done Murphy-Goode, your efforts are appreciated.

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Live Broadcast from Napa Valley Film Festival 3pm PST Today


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Join Mutineer Magazine President Alan Kropf LIVE today at 3PM PST as he broadcasts from Raymond Vineyards in Napa Valley with CellarPass Live TV as we go live during the Napa Valley Film Festival. He’ll be talking with Jean-Charles Boisset from Raymond Vineyards among many other esteemed wine estates, as well as Ron Lee from Mumm Napa.

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Luxardo Liqueurs: More Than Maraschino, Featuring Francesco Lafranconi and the Morlacco Julep


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 Cherry “Sangue Morlacco” Liqueur and teaches you how to make the Morlacco Julep.

In the area around Padua, Italy, where Luxardo produces its liqueurs and confectionary products, over 22,000 cherry trees line the hillsides. It is from these trees that the famous Luxardo Maraschino Cherries are harvested and the Luxardo Cherry “Sangue Morlacco” Liqueur is made.

As in all products of quality, there is a deep history behind Luxardo Liqueurs. In the case of the Cherry Morlacco Liqueur, the product takes its name from the color of the blood spilled by the famed Morlacco Troops who fought against the Turkish invasion in the late 1700s.

Not only do Luxardo Maraschino Cherries enhance any cocktail, along with their cousin, the Luxardo Cherry Morlacco Liqueur, they provide you with a great story to tell.

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