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The Cocktail Spirit With Robert Hess: The Prohibition Cocktail


This week’s installment of The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess brought to you by the Small Screen Network brings you the Prohibition Cocktail. Robert Hess explains the cocktail: “This drink clearly comes from the era of American Prohibition. I found it in the Savoy Cocktail Book, which was published in 1933, so even if this wasn’t its first in-print appearance, it had to be pretty close. This recipe specifically called for Plymouth gin, as well as Kina Lillet. Plymouth is of course still around, but there is some debate as to if the currently available Lillet is the same as was once marketed as “Kina Lillet”. Some evidence appears to indicate that the product was reformulated sometime in the past, and its bitterness from the quinine might have been softened at that time.”

The Prohibition Cocktail

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 2 dashes Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur
  • 2 dashes orange juice


  • stir with ice
  • strain into a cocktail glass

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Less Than a Week Left to Submit Cocktail Recipes for Luxardo Cocktail Cup

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Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Are you a bartender?

Do you live and tend bar in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon), Seattle, Boston, Chicago or New York?

Can you make a tasty, creative, and original recipe using Luxardo products?

Would you like to be flown out to compete overlooking San Francisco at Anchor Distilling Company’s Penthouse Bar?

If you win, would you like to be flown to Italy to visit Luxardo?

If you just answered yes five times, what are you waiting for? Submit a recipe for the Luxardo Cocktail Cup! Less than a week is left before the submission period ends on August 14! Join us at the Anchor Distilling Company Penthouse Bar, as you battle the finalist from each market and present your original cocktail to our panel of incredible judges to include: Matteo Luxardo, 6th generation Luxardo; David King, President of Anchor Distilling Company; Francesco LaFranconi, who doesn’t need an introduction; Alan Kropf, Mutineer Magazine; and one TBD.

To enter and to view the complete rules, visit the Luxardo Cocktail Cup page.

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Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. August 20


Kitchen Door Fifty Fifty Craft Beer Dinner

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with one of Northern California’s top breweries – Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. – for a celebration of craft beer, great food and fun people. 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 courses with six incredible beers from Fifty Fifty.

Tickets are very limited for this intimate dinner and are $65 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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Buffalo Trace Distillery To Release Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Rye Recipe Whiskey


Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye WhiskeyFollowing the release of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Collection Barrel Proof Bourbon Whiskey, Buffalo Trace Distillery has just announced the release of Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Rye Recipe Whiskey. The 100 proof straight rye whiskey is fifth in the collection and joins Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon and Barrel Proof Bourbon that have all been released since early 2011.

According to the press release, the new whiskey is “An altogether different recipe and profile than Sazerac Rye, this recipe contains just rye and malted barley, no corn. The result is an aroma full of dried fruit, black pepper, and touch of fresh dill. A small sip brings an array of flavors both sweet and savory with a terrific balance of dark spices and subtle caramel overtones. The finish is especially pleasing with an oaky dryness that lingers just long enough.”

The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey will be available in late August and will be released annually each year. The suggested retail price is $69.99 for a 750ml bottle.

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Brewers Association Reports 2012 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers


Great news, as always, from the Brewers Association!

Brewers Association Reports 2012 Mid-Year Growth for U.S. Craft Brewers

Boulder, CO • August 6, 2012— The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has released strong mid-year numbers for America’s small and independent craft brewers1. Dollar sales were up 14 percent in the first half of 2012, while volume of craft brewed beer sold jumped 12 percent during that same time period.

Barrels sold by craft brewers for the first six months of 2012 are an estimated 6.0 million barrels. Despite a number of challenges, including decreased overall beer sales, the mid-year numbers show signs of continued growth for craft breweries. The industry currently provides an estimated 104,000 full-time and part-time jobs, contributing significantly to the U.S. economy.

“Generally, most craft brewers are continuing to see strong growth in production, sales, brewing capacity and employment, which is to be celebrated during challenged times for many of today’s small businesses,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “Plus it’s a fact that beer drinkers are responding to the quality and diversity created by small American brewing companies. India pale ales, seasonal beers, Belgian-inspired ales and a range of specialty beers are just a few of the beer styles that are growing rapidly.”

The U.S. now boasts 2,126 breweries—an increase of 350 additional breweries since June 2011. The BA also tracks breweries in planning as an indicator of potential new entrants into the craft category, and lists 1,252 breweries in planning today compared to 725 a year ago. Additionally, the count of craft brewers was at 2,075 as of June 30, 2012 showing that 97 percent of U.S. brewers are craft brewers.

“Beer-passionate Americans are opening breweries at a rate faster than at any time since the day Prohibition ended for the beverage of moderation,” Gatza added. “There is nearly a new brewery opening for every day of the year, benefiting beer lovers and communities in every area across the country.”

1 The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50 percent of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

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About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

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Russian River Brewing Company to Release HopTime Harvest Ale


Russian River Brewing Company

In a recent interview with Santa Rosa’s Russian River Brewing Company owner and head brewer Vinnie Cilurzo, Mutineer asked him a fairly simple question about his beer: If you could have a Russian River stemmed glass filled with any one specific batch of beer you’ve brewed, what would it be? His answer? Russian River HopTime Harvest Ale. Vinnie continued, “HopTime Harvest Ale is our 100% wet hop beer which we have not made for several years due to capacity issues.” Vinnie doesn’t stop there and breaks the good news for hop heads everywhere (well, in California anyways) saying “However, we are brewing it again this year for the first time in a while.” Vinnie warns us though that these beers don’t age well and must be consumed fresh.

What is a wet hop beer, or a fresh hop ale? Fresh Hop Ales are hopped exclusively with fresh and undried (“wet”) hops. This ale should have characters similar to the style to which it is brewed with the added nuances of green, almost chlorophyll-like character with fresh, new beers. These beers may be aged and enjoyed after the initial “fresh-hop” character diminishes. A unique character from “aged” fresh hop beers may emerge, but they have yet to be identified and discussed.

Look for it at the Russian River brew pub in Santa Rosa in the next several weeks. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview in Mutineer Magazine Issue #25 on newsstands nationwide September and October.

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Now Accepting Submissions for the Luxardo Cocktail Cup


Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Mutineer Magazine is proud to announce the Luxardo Cocktail Cup, presented by Mutineer Magazine. Bartenders from Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland will battle it out on their home turf and only one bartender from each city will be selected to fly to San Francisco to represent their city and compete against the other finalists at the Penthouse Bar at Anchor Distilling Company headquarters. What’s at stake?

Anchor Distilling Company and Mutineer Magazine are proud to present the champion of the Luxardo Cocktail Cup with the following:

  • Luxardo Cocktail Cup Trophy
  • Trip to Italy: The winning bartender will travel to Italy to visit Luxardo accompanied by the local judge that selected them.
  • Exposure in Mutineer Magazine: The winning bartender and their recipe will be featured in Mutineer Magazine, as well as on the MutineerMagazine.com “Competition Page”
  • Exposure on Small Screen Network: The winning bartender will be featured preparing their Luxardo cocktail on video to appear on SmallScreenNetwork.com and MutineerMagazine.com.

Mutineer Magazine has teamed up with a media partner in each city. Each local judge will select three local semi-finalists in their market from the submitted recipes, using the judging criteria to make their decision. They will then narrow this list to one finalist, who they will accompany to San Francisco for the finals.

The judges in each market are:

The judges for the finals are:

  • Matteo Luxardo, 6th Generation Luxardo
  • Francesco LaFranconi, Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada
  • David King, President of Anchor Distilling Company
  • Alan Kropf, Editor in Chief of Mutineer Magazine
  • TBD Judge

Submissions are now being accepted and will be open until 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on August 14, 2012. To enter and to view the complete rules, visit the Luxardo Cocktail Cup page.

Second Glass Wine Riot San Francisco This Friday & Saturday!


Wine Riot

Second Glass’s Wine Riot, the US tour of wine events dubbed as two parts education and one part revolution, is just days away from their San Francisco stop. On August 3rd and 4th, Wine Riot will take over the Concourse Exhibition Center in SF with 350 wines from around the world. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. Wine Riot is an incredible event and is a testament to the vision of the founders “to create a fun, non-intimidating place where people could learn about wine.”

    Wine Riot San Francisco

  • Opening Night: Friday, August 3, 7-11 PM – $60
  • Riot One: Saturday, August 4, 1-5 PM – $50
  • Riot Two: Saturday, August 4, 7-11 PM – $50

To purchase tickets to Wine Riot San Francisco, click here.

Where else will you see Wine Riot?

  • Wine Riot NYC September 21-22
  • Wine Riot LA November 10

Want to win a pair of tickets to Wine Riot San Francisco? Tweet to @MutineerMag AND @SecondGlass and tell us your favorite wine region! A few lucky people will be randomly selected to wine a pair of tickets!

The Mission of Second Glass
We want you to drink more wine. Sure, wine can seem complicated, but in the end it all comes down to whether you like it or not. It’s that simple. Our goal is to give you the tools to find cool wine tastings, talk to experts, explore wine regions and constantly discover new favorites. You don’t have to use dorky wine-speak or spend a lot of time learning about wine to have fun with it. And we’re here to help.

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