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Dos Equis “Feast of the Brave” Cinco De Mayo taco challenge

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Feast of the Brave

Just checking but, food trucks are still hip right? Well either way, beer definitely is. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo, Dos Equis is launching a promotion called “Feast of the Brave,” and plans to fill tortillas across the nation with rather curious ingredients for rather curious eaters. The brave will feast on curried goat, hogs ear, shark and even “spicy mystery” tacos served by six Dos Equis-branded food trucks in six U.S. cities. There are no confirmed reports yet that there will be any Pepto-Bismol tablets on hand for distribution.

Across the country in Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, local chefs have created taco recipes and are roaming their city serving them for free. A map of each food truck’s route is available on Dos Equis’ Facebook page, and you can pinpoint the location of the truck on the Dos Equis Twitter feed.



The Cocktail Spirit With Robert Hess: The Harrington Cocktail

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This week’s installment of The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess brought to you by the Small Screen Network brings you the Harrington Cocktail. According to Robert Hess, Vodka is the most popular of spirits, but “its lack of discernable flavor however, when mixed in a cocktail, makes it necessary to approach its use slightly differently than other spirits. In this episode we use the “Harrington” to illustrate how vodka can play an important role in various drinks.”

The Harrington Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 oz premium Vodka
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1/8 oz Chartreuse

Instructions

  • stir with ice
  • strain into cocktail glass
  • garnish with orange twist


Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Bear Republic Brewing May 14

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Bear Republic / Kitchen Door Beer Dinner

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with one of Northern California’s top breweries – Bear Republic 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 Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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“Hi, I’m a Millennial” > The Mutineer Magazine Marvelous Millennial Wine Marketing Circus

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A not-so-rare sighting of millennial wine drinkers in their natural habitat. #WineCircus

For all you folks in the wine business: three weeks from now, seven inspired millennial wine marketing speakers will hit the road with the Mutineer Magazine Marvelous Millennial Wine Marketing Circus with stops in five California wine regions:

May 14 – Calaveras County
May 15 – Santa Barbara
May 16 – Paso Robles
May 17 – Sonoma Valley
May 18 – Napa Valley

We couldn’t be more thrilled with our lineup of speakers, which includes:

Tyler Balliet
Sarah Elliman
Morgan First
Alan Kropf
Harry Oranges
Christophe Smith
Ashley Nicole Teplin

Best of all, IT’S FREE! Registrations are filling up quick, with Napa and Sonoma almost full. Click on the region links above to register on Eventbrite.

We filmed this video with the spectacular Chris Eldridge of CineVine at SF Vintners Market last weekend, which should be noted was FULL of enthusiastic millennial wine drinkers.

Let’s Do This!



Cherry Blossom Festival at LA’s Chaya Downtown

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Chaya Downtown Cherry Blossom Festival

Viewing the spring cherry blossoms – sakura – is a tradition with more than a thousand years of Japanese history. The hanami – blossom-viewing parties – are so ubiquitous to the culture, Americans tend to think the landscape is constantly decorated with the delicate pink blossoms…or terrorized by Godzilla. (Both?)

In 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gifted Washington DC with 3,000 cherry trees. The gift was given to celebrate the lasting friendship between the two countries. In 1941, the United States reciprocated by putting people of Japanese descent into work camps. To be fair, the countries were broken up at the time… Since then, they’ve given us cars with great gas mileage and we’ve given them Justin Bieber, so it really all comes out in the wash.

In Washington, the Centennial Celebration of the “Gift of Trees” is being celebrated with five weeks of art and events. In Los Angeles, Executive Chef de Cuisine Atsushi Kenjo at Chaya Downtown, has created a special menu of bites ($5 – $8) and beverages to honor the occasion. Kenjo has incorporated aged cherry balsamic into his beef carpaccio, cherry leaves in the Tai Sakura Sushi and the plump, red fruit into his light-and-dreamy clafoutis. For diners who are looking to drink their dinner or dessert, the Sakura Bellini is a blend of Suijin Jumai sake, Champagne, Luxardo cherry liqueur, and topped with house-made cherry sorbet.

Sakura isn’t just a celebration of aesthetics in Japan, the flowers are also symbolically significant. According to Buddhist tradition, the blossoms’ brief and beautiful bloom represent the transient nature of life. Chaya’s Cherry Blossom Festival is transient, too. The celebration runs from April 16 – April 27 (Mon – Fri, 4 PM – close). Enjoy the hanami while it’s here; after all, you could get eaten by Godzilla before the spring festival arrives again.



Wear This Watch to Change the World in an Epic Way

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Epic Watch Trio

Mutineer considers water the original fine beverage, and that everyone on this earth has the right to enjoy clean and safe water. You might be surprised to know that approximately every 19 seconds a child dies from a water-borne disease and that 1 out of 8 people in the world do not have access to clean water. But the world doesn’t have to be like this.

There are many ways to contribute to water relief, and at least one very fashionable way. Enter the The Catalyst, the first watch design from Epic. For every Epic timepiece that you purchase, Epic will provide clean water to someone in a developing country for an entire year through the distribution of water filters. It comes in a variety of color combinations and yes, even you can pull it off.

Fore more info about Epic Timepieces and the clean water crisis visit www.EpicTimepieces.com

Epic Watch bag



Cocktail Hunter: Drinks with Character

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This time on Cocktail Hunter, we bring you four inspired fine beverages that bring more to the table than just nice acidity and a good sip. Great cocktails convey a story, an element of character, and make you really feel something. Ok, so granted – all cocktails make you feel something – but the point is that the best drinks have a personality. Here are a few:

Smith Cocktail

“Lavender Moon” @ Smith | Seattle, WA

Subtlety is key, at least that’s what they tell me. I certainly have no concept of subtlety, but the best bartenders do. The Lavender Moon blends Plymouth Gin, Créme de Violette, a few dashes of Lavender bitters and a touch of cava for just the right amount of sparkle and tranquility. Serenity now.

Death in the South Pacific

“Death in the South Pacific” @ Naga Cocktail Bar | Bellevue, WA

Kittens are great. Awards are even better. This cocktail didn’t pick up any kitties, but it has taken home some Tales of the Cocktail glory. This sophisticated tiki tipple is composed of Appleton Estate Extra 12-Year-Old rum, Rhum Clement, VSOP rum, Trader Tiki’s Orgeat Syrup for sweetness, Fee Brothers Falernum and Absinthe for intrigue, fresh lime and lemon juices and topped with grenadine and Cruzan Blackstrap rum. Mee-yow!

Spanish Maiden

“Spanish Maiden” @ 5th Floor | San Francisco, CA

Check this! Spice and citrus collide with the Buddha’s Hand Infused Tequila, Vida Mezcal, St. Germain Elderflower, lemon, Rose Geranium syrup, and a habanero tincture. At this point, you might be thinking to yourself, “Ok bro, I’m into it, but what’s that little, floaty guy on the top of that tiny cake server?” Well my friend, just think of it as taking the red pill instead of the blue one, and down into the rabbit hole you go.

Order Up at BIG

“Order Up” @ BIG | San Francisco, CA

This drink doesn’t actually exist… at least, not until you order it. The bar program at BIG has firmly withheld offering a cocktail menu and instead rely on their talented and booze-savvy bartenders to create custom cocktails for each patron on the fly. Make no mistake about it, at BIG, they live up to their namesake and with this policy they identify the purest expression of the bartender/imbiber relationship. Other BIG policies include; smiling at others, keeping mobile phone usage to a minimum (sorry Instagram), and embodying the class and authority of BIG, a place where “Jollity and merriment are welcome. Horseplay and jackassery are not.” Be BIG.

Have you snapped a pic of any intriguing drinks lately? Show us your cocktail hunting skills on our Facebook page.

“Lavender Moon Cocktail Photo Credit: Phil Jimcosky



“Hangover Heaven” in Las Vegas? #iDon’tBelieveIt

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Where was this last week when my craps prowess was only matched by my ability to consume Cuba Libres at Caesars? We had to create our own hangover heaven at the shark exhibit at Mandalay Bay.

According to the website: 45 minute hangover treatment, receive IV hydration, and IV vitamins in a proprietary blend to drive the toxins out of your system and get you tuned up to enjoy your stay in Las Vegas.

Three packages are offered, including the $90 basic Redemption, $150 premium Salvation which include additional medications and vitamins being pumped directly into your veins, or the baller-status In-Room Treatment, which starts at $500 for the first person and is $375 for additional people.



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