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Beverage Marketing At Its Best: Stella Artois vs Newcastle


Marketing At Its Best

Stella Artois puts up a billboard, Newcastle Brown Ale counters it with a bigger, lit billboard.

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Hooker’s House Bourbon Brioche Bread Pudding with Sundried Cherries and Candied Pecans with Bourbon Crème Anglaise


Hookers Bourbon Brioche Bread Pudding with Sundried Cherries and Candied Pecans with Bourbon CrËme Anglaise

A few months ago Sonoma based limoncello producers Hellocello released their a Sonoma-style bourbon. Hooker’s House Bourbon is aged in pinot noir barrels and packs a delicious wallop. Sonoma-based Chef Rob Larman of the private barbecue catering company Cochon Volant has taken Hooker’s House Bourbon and made it into one decadent pan of bread pudding. Rob’s recipe is chock full of sweet dried cherries, fragrant cinnamon and candied pecans. Give it a try and see why Cochon Volant is a wine country favorite.

For more information on Chef Rob Larman go to: http://www.cochonvolantbbq.com/

For more info about Hooker’s House Bourbon check out: http://www.prohibition-spirits.com/

Hooker’s House Bourbon Brioche Bread Pudding with Sundried Cherries and Candied Pecans with Bourbon Crème Anglaise

For the Bread Pudding:
1 c. bourbon (Hookers House)
3 c. whole milk
3 c. heavy cream
1 ½ c. sugar
8 whole eggs
4 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. sundried cherries
½ c. candied pecans, chopped
4 c. stale Brioche, cut into small cubes
1 TBS. butter

In a large bowl whisk together: milk, cream, eggs and yolks, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and bourbon. Stir in bread cubes, cherries and pecans and let soak for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 325F; use convection if you have it. Butter a large loaf pan and fill with mixture bake for 1 hour or until just done (stick a knife or skewer in the pudding to see if it comes out dry). Top with the Bourbon Crème Anglais.

Bourbon Crème Anglaise Quick Cheat Method
Melt a pint of really good (Haagen-Dazs) vanilla ice cream and mix in 4 oz. of bourbon.

For more from Mutineer Food Editor Erin Jimcosky, follow her on Twitter at @HungryMutineer.

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Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Drake’s Brewing April 9


Kitchen Door / Drake's Brewing Craft Beer Dinner

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with one of Northern California’s top breweries Drake’s Brewing 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 on Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious courses with seven (yes, seven) incredible beers to include two different barrel treatments of Drake’s Drakonic Stout.

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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A Craft Beer Lover’s Haven Opens in Pasadena


Haven Pasadena

“They closed for the Super Bowl.”

“They did what?”

“They closed for the Super Bowl.”

“But they’re a gastropub!”


The Haven Boys – Chef Greg Daniels, General Manager Wil Dee and financier Ace Patel – opened the first Haven Gastropub in Orange, California in September 2009, just in time to welcome a staggering crowd of 500,000+ starving attendees to the annual Orange International Street Fair. Steered by Daniel’s love of craft beer and his desire to elevate even the upper reaches of “pub grub” to new levels, Haven soon became a popular destination behind the Orange Curtain for beer enthusiasts and food apprecianados alike. In December 2011, they opened a second location, in Pasadena. To prove their dedication to celebrating the art of good beer and fine food, they locked their doors on February 5 – Super Bowl Sunday – so no one would ever confuse them with a sports bar.

Tucked right off mobbed and gridlocked Colorado Blvd. in Old Town Pasadena, Haven is all polished wood and laid-back-upscale ambiance. It’s sleek, it’s slick and – notably for something with the word “pub” in the title – it’s also sophisticated, with an open kitchen, fireplaces and cool urban grays. At a recent media dinner, diners walked past a brand-new glassed-in fermentation room, where the team hopes to start making at least five of their own brews, in-house. In the meantime, guests will have to make do with over fifty beers on tap, 100 in bottle, a varying selection of cask ales, and ultra-allocated gems like Russian River’s Pliny the Younger, which made an appearance as recently as February 20. Non-beer drinkers can choose from a safe and steady wine list (including eight keg-drawn wines), and a full menu of cocktails.

Standard British pub fare such as Shepherd’s Pie is joined by much higher-brow offerings like pheasant pot pie with seasonal vegetables, and a duo of quail. Familiar bar bites like French fries and mac ‘n’ cheese are transformed with the addition of truffles; Haven’s Buffalo wings are made from Jidori chickens; and the lamb burger and goose pastrami sandwich give bar food at any of the upscale eateries in town a run for their money. And if none of those choices feel “manly” enough to wash down with a pint, diners can invite eight to fourteen of their best mates to tear into a whole roasted suckling pig, with a choice of three sides (with at least one week’s advance notice).

Haven Pasadena

There are a host of lighter dishes, as well, like the Hiramasa Crudo, which is worth the appetite-building drive from LA, and several vegan and vegan-optional items.

On the night of the media dinner, Pastry Chef Santanna Salas (previously with the Michael Mina Group), offered guests a red velvet beet cake; “Peanut Butter and Jelly” with blackberry sorbet, peanut brittle and thin sourdough crisps; and foie gras cheesecake with hibiscus gel and vanilla crumble. Regardless of where one might stand on the foie issue, they should be comforted that Haven boasts a commitment to sourcing sustainable and humanly raised meat and seafood whenever possible.

And if the staggering beer selection and impressive food don’t stand alone as reason enough to head to Haven, and diners find themselves disappointed in the lack of popping lights and flashing screens, take heart! Almost as American as football and apple pie, there’s an erotic superstore nearby, just a 4-minute walk down Colorado.

Goose Island Beer Co.’s En Passant a Play on the Old Fashioned


It’s no secret we love cocktails (we are sponsoring the 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Official Cocktail Contest, after all!), and it should be no surprise that we love craft beer. What if you can have the best of both world? And I’m not talking about cocktails using craft beer as an ingredient.

Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. has done this with their En Passant. Brewers Joel Becker, Keith Gabbett, and Claudia Jendron all had a love of cocktails, particularly the classic Old Fashioned. Their En Passant, a mild rye ale, was created to be similar in style with a rounded malt backbone and spice from the rye, combined with the sweetness blood orange.

En Passant clocks in at a low 4% abv and is also meant to pair with a shot of whiskey.

Will we see more cocktail themed beers from Goose Island? I hope so. Not your thing? The Small Screen Network’s Robert Hess can show you how to mix up a great Old Fashioned instead.

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Beerathon ‘hops’ from NYC to LA


LA Beerathon

The LA Beerathon is for the brave, the strong, the weak, and the meek. This year after five consecutive Beerathons in New York City the knock-down-drag-out course will be organized in Los Angeles. Do you have what it takes to conquer 26 beers at 26 different bars?

Pick up a ticket for $55 and be greeted with a map of the city identifying 26 different locations in Downtown LA that each has a 12oz pour of craft beer with your name on it. Assuming that you’ll still be able to identify your name by the end of the night. Enjoy beers from Black Sheep Brewery, Eagle Rock, and Black Market Brewing Co. to name a few.

So far the venues have been kept top secret but promise to include some of LA’s best bars, breweries and even more anticipated are the more unusual venues like a movie theater, rooftop pool and music video release party with more than one DJ along the trail. Slurry requests for “California Love” will surely ensue. If that happens be sure to pour one for Pac.

The full list of venues will be revealed in the coming weeks via twitter so while you’re in “training” for the LA Beerathon keep one hand on your pint glass and the other on your smart-phone. The event comes with a bold proclamation that “The LA Beerathon is the greatest day of your life.” This may or may not be true depending on your track record and your level of dedication to a life filled with fine beverage events of the highest order.

One thing is for certain: You’ll leave with some great memories, or none at all.

LA Beerathon – March 31, 2012

12:00 noon – 1:00 am
Tickets $55 – 26 beers at 26 venues

A Mutinous Retreat at King Estate


In mid-March, Mutineer Magazine packed up and headed to King Estate Winery in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley for a creative team retreat of the highest order. Here’s a behind the scenes look into Mutineer Magazine, as well as a look at some of the characters that make up Mutineer.

Thanks to our most gracious hosts King Estate Winery, and videographer Rachelle Hacmac for putting up with us long enough to make this video!

Red Bull Total Zero… Coming Soon

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Red Bull Total Zero

It’s no secret that Mutineer Magazine is powered by Red Bull. We’re big fans. While we don’t watch our calories, for those that do and for those who love energy drinks, there is a solution: Red Bull Total Zero. I can’t tell you too much about it at this point, minus the obvious zero calories. Stay tuned for more information.

Also worth noting, Thai billionaire and Red Bull founder Chaleo Yoovidhya died March 17 at a hospital in Bangkok.

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