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Czech Republic Bans Alcohol Over 20%

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Czech Republic

One of my favorite places, the Czech Republic has banned the sale of alcohol over 20%. While the situation does sound quite worrisome, given the history of prohibition around the world I think another tactic may be in order or the Czech Republic may have bigger problems on their hands.

Check out this link for the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19608461



“Harvest Live” Sept 24 – 28, Mutineer Squirrel Asks All The Tough Questions

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Video caption: The Mutineer Squirrel interviews Christophe Smith and David Gowdy about Harvest Live. The wind noise goes away after the first minute!

Harvest Live is back for another week of live streaming the grape harvest & crush from five Napa Valley wineries. The broadcasts are hosted by the talented Christophe Smith along with David Gowdy of Dirt on the Vine, and produced in association with the Napa Valley Vintners and Randy Hall of VOM productions.

Anyone can watch Harvest Live on uStream, and questions can be asked in real time either on the uStream social stream or on Twitter with the hashtag #HL12.

9/24: Trinchero Napa Valley, St. Helena AVA
9/25: Newton Vineyard, Spring Mountain AVA
9/26: St. Supery Estate Vineyard & Winery, Rutherford AVA
9/27: Cuvaison Estate Wines, Carneros AVA
9/28: Palmaz Vineyards, Coombsville AVA



Napa’s Kitchen Door’s Oktoberfest Saturday 9/29

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Kitchen Door Oktoberfest Menu

Napa’s Kitchen Door is doing their monthly craft beer dinner a little different this month, in that they’re doing a lunch in celebration of Oktoberfest. Kitchen Door, recently honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious German inspired courses with six incredible German and Germany-style beers.

As always, Mutineer will be on hand for the festivities and attendees will walk away with their very of beer stein.

Tickets are very limited for this fun lunch and are $75 each, tax and gratuity included.

Mutineer will be on hand at the event and we hope to see you there.

Call or email Tim Seberson ASAP if interested in attending.
707-226-1560 // tim@kitchendoornapa.com



SF Cocktail Week: Day 5 Events

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San Francisco Cocktail Week

Day 5 of SF Cocktail Week is here, as is Friday. I don’t think things could get much better for a perfect storm of cocktail awesomeness in San Francisco. Here’s what’s on the agenda for tonight.

The Legends Awards
7:30-10:30pm
Location:
The Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., San Francisco
Tickets: $85 in advance and $95 at the door

The second annual Legends Awards will bring together a night of special table-side cocktails and punches, dinner and show for a 1960’s Vegas experience of joie de vivre and Bond-style swagger. Formal attire, gambling spirit and general Saturday night bravado will be on tap as guests recognize the true innovators, influencers, mentors and historians in the Bay Area. This fête will raise the glass to those who raise the bar for cocktails!

This year’s nominees are:

Trailblazer – Allison Evanow, CEO and Founder of Square One Organic Spirits, for her pioneering efforts in the development of high quality, organic spirits and green business practices in the industry.

Mentor – Erik Adkins, Bar Manager of the Slanted Door, for developing pace-setting beverage programs and the skilled bartenders to execute them across multiple restaurants in the Bay Area over the last decade.

Lifetime Achievement – Miles Karakasevic, 13th Generation Master Distiller, Charbay, for creating and building a family business that produces wine and spirits that attract worldwide acclaim and help to set a standard in craft production.

Renegade – Martin Cate, Owner, Smuggler’s Cove, for being the torch bearer and leader for a new generation of Tiki cocktail culture and Rum connoisseurship.

Scribe – Camper English, Journalist, Alcademics.com, for his steadfast dedication to the craft of investigative journalism in spirits and cocktail culture, and his influence on the new generations of professionals and enthusiasts alike, seeking answers and debate.

“These five individuals have been key components in the development of not only our local culture and community in the Bay Area, but in the evolution the industry as a whole,” commented BCCAC President and Co-Founder H. Joseph Ehrmann. “I’m proud that we are recognizing their efforts and hope that they continue to impact cocktail culture for years to come with their innovation, dedication, and vision.”

Bols Genever Punch Crawl & Seminar
3-5pm
Location:
Starting at the Burritt Room (417 Stockton St., San Francisco)
Tickets: $25; none sold at the door

Scavenge & Punch crawl your way through some of SF’s craftiest cocktail bars presented by Bols Genever.

Cocktail bars include Burritt Tavern, Jasper’s, COMSTOCK, 15 Romolo and Starlight Room.

Seminar by Marcos Tello (LB USA Brand Ambassador aka BAD MUTHAFUCKA) at the Burritt Room 3pm on Friday September 21st, 2012.

Discover the history of Genever, it’s origin in the bartending industry and experience the taste of Dutch Courage through a flight sampler (Genever, Barrel Aged, Genever Punch, Barrel Aged Negroni.)

Once properly educated on the Dutch culture, attendees will be given 5 drink tickets each to SCAVENGE & PUNCH through SF’s finest craft cocktail bars while sampling different style Bols cocktails representative of the bars they visit. But pay attention – there’s a Scavenger Hunt too….with yummy prizes for the winner!



SF Cocktail Week: Day 4 Events

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San Francisco Cocktail Week

As day four of SF Cocktail Week rolls in, here’s what you have to look forward to.

TOTALLY AWESOME EAST BAY to the max!
5-8pm
Location:
The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland
Tickets: $45 in advance and $55 at the door

In this all-new, costumes-encouraged (like, duh!) event to the SF Cocktail Week lineup, guests will go back to the future and celebrate the time when greed was good, the Brat Pack was king and people drank Slow Comfortable Screws, Fuzzy Navels and Slippery Nipples. Re-imagined for contemporary attendees’ pleasure, the best East Bay bartenders will create “classic” concoctions from the 80’s using today’s quality ingredients. The DJ will be spinning tunes from the decade, making each guest’s champagne wishes and caviar dreams come true.

Art in the Age Spirited Supper at Millennium
6pm
Location:
Millenium, 580 Geary St., San Francisco
Tickets: $90.00 (tax and gratuity not included)

Join Art in the Age at Millennium Restaurant for a 5-coursed seasonal dinner designed in concert with Art in the Age cocktails. With a focus on organic produce, local farms and craft libations, attendees will enjoy an avant garde dining experience forged with the best local ingredients.

Reservations Required – Call 415-345-3900.

Early Happy Hour Specials at Bottle Cap
Times:
Weekdays, 3-7pm
Location: Bottle Cap, 1707 Powell St. at Union, North Beach

Come check out some of the great happy hour specials at Bottle Cap during the weekdays in celebration of SF Cocktail Week!

Special Cocktails at WISH
5-8pm
Location:
WISH Bar & Lounge, 1539 Folsom St., San Francisco
Tickets: Free Event

Come to WISH and join in our very special and spicy Habanero Infused $8 cocktails for San Francisco Cocktail week!

Special Cocktail at La Folie
Location:
La Folie, 2316 Polk St., San Francisco
Tickets: Free Event

Enjoy a Bourbon Valkyrie at La Folie for only $8 all week in celebration of SF Cocktail Week!



Small Screen Network Introduces Luxardo Liqueurs: More Than Maraschino, Featuring Francesco Lafranconi

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As we get closer to the Luxardo Cocktail Cup which is now less than a month away, it would be only fitting to take a step back and learn just exactly what Luxardo is. 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 Maraschino and teaches you how to make the Peruvian Wish cocktail.

World renowned mixologist Francesco Lafranconi will also be on the panel of judges for the Luxardo Cocktail Cup.



SF Cocktail Week: Day 2 Events

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San Francisco Cocktail Week

After a successful opening night of SF Cocktail Week at Anchor Brewing for the Artisan Tasting, day two has some great events in store for cocktail goers as well.

Spirited Food Trucks
6-9pm
Location:
SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., San Francisco
Tickets: $45 in advance and $55 at the door (food available for purchase at trucks)

We guarantee that you will be served drinks in a way that you’ve never been served drinks before. Unique, fun and interesting – come out to enjoy the great food truck culture of San Francisco. Guests will experience bottled cocktails provided by Rye on the Road, carbonated cocktails dispensed out of soda siphons courtesy of Elixir, kegged cocktails provided by Jasper’s Corner Tap, and canned cocktails by 15 Romolo that will be canned onsite with The Can Van. Guests will be given a food voucher for tasty bite from a food truck of their choice, while mingling and stargazing during an Indian summer night in San Francisco.

25 Lusk & Hangar One present an Indian Summer Dinner
7pm
Location:
Twenty Five Lusk, 25 Lusk Street, San Francisco
Tickets: $95 (tax and gratuity not included); call 415-495-5875

Chef Matthew Dolan and Bar Manager Brian McKelvey offer three courses with Hangar One cocktail pairings and cocktail intermezzos that utilize herbs, savories, and other ingredients from the restaurant’s farm.

Intoxicating Ladies, the Women Behind the Stick and the Cocktails
8-12am
Location:
Rye, 688 Geary Street

In honor of SF Cocktail Week, LUPEC, the San Francisco’s chapter of the national cocktail society, is showcasing the city’s top female bar talent, each presenting a signature cocktail created with the innovative, high quality spirits and ingredients created or represented by fellow LUPEC members.

Smuggler’s Cove and Denizen Rum Bar La Floridita Happy Hour
5-9pm
Location:
Smuggler’s Cove, 650 Gough Street

Featuring $7 Denizen Rum cocktails that were famous in the 1920s and 30s in Bar La Floridita, Havana, Cuba.



Save The Date: Napa’s Kitchen Door’s Oktoberfest 9/29

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Kitchen Door Oktoberfest

Napa’s Kitchen Door is doing their monthly craft beer dinner a little different this month, in that they’re doing a lunch in celebration of Oktoberfest. Kitchen Door, recently honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious German inspired courses with six incredible German and Germany-style beers.

As always, Mutineer will be on hand for the festivities and attendees will walk away with their very of beer stein.

Tickets are very limited for this fun lunch and are $75 each, tax and gratuity included.

Mutineer will be on hand at the event and we hope to see you there.

Call or email Tim Seberson ASAP if interested in attending.
707-226-1560 // tim@kitchendoornapa.com



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