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2012 Big Gay Train – March 31, Napa Valley


2012 Big Gay Train

On Saturday, March 31st join hosts, Out in the Vineyard, Wine Country’s premier LGBT travel and event company, in Napa for an evening of food, wine pairings and fun on the 2012 Big Gay Train & Winemaker Dinner. The evening will feature wines from prominent LGBT winemakers from around Napa Valley. They will also be on hand mingling and answering any questions diners may have about their wine.

Tickets are going fast and are $160 per person and can be purchased calling the Napa Valley Wine Train at 1-800-427-4124.

Check out the menu to get a sneak a peek at the delicious evening ahead.

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Mixing Jack Daniel’s and Music


Jack Dnaiels Studio No 7 2

Did you know that Jack Daniel was a musician? He didn’t either. An american figure if there ever was one “Mr. Jack” was an entrepreneur, a ladies man, a whiskey man and he even took part in one American tradition before it even was a tradition — wanting to be a rockstar.

In 1892, Jack Daniel created the Silver Cornet Band in hopes to draw crowds to his two saloons. He ordered all 13 instruments direct from the Sears and Roebuck catalog for less than $300 and had Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 painted on the side of the bass drum. The days of the town square ragers hosted by Jack Daniel’s Silver Cornet Band might be long gone but Jack Daniel’s and music still mix together very well.

Jack Daniels Studio No. 7

Today, Jack Daniel’s Studio No.7 finds talented musicians to put on exclusive shows at great venues across the country. Speaking from experience I have to say that when Jack is around, I’ve always had a good time. Who wouldn’t want to check out a semi-secret show that is unarguably guaranteed to feature a whiskey fueled crowd energy?! The line up of talent is hand picked by JD Studio No. 7 and is comprised of a varying mix of musicians that each have individual swagger and an impressive stage presence. Because of the way these shows are organized you can only score a spot on the guest list “if you know a guy” or better yet, a Mutineer.

Check out these upcoming exclusive access shows from Jack Daniel’s Studio No.7 and register for a spot on the guest list.







Don’t see a show in your area? Click HERE to stay in touch with Jack Daniel’s Studio No. 7

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California Craft Brewer Lagunitas Poised For National Presence


Lagunitas Logo

Lagunitas Brewing Co., one of the fastest-growing craft brewers in the country, will begin covering most of the U.S. market after completion of a brewery expansion in April. The increased distribution, coupled with sustained organic growth, could likely mean another year of 60% volume gains in 2012 for the Petaluma, California-based brewer.

Lagunitas beers currently are distributed in 35 states and Washington, D.C., including major beer markets like California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania. With a $14 million brewery enlargement that will more than triple annual capacity from 185,000 barrels to as much as 600,000 barrels, Lagunitas will expand into another 14 states, bringing distribution to 49 states. Tennessee will be the lone state without Lagunitas brands, due to the state’s restrictions on high-alcohol beers (Lagunitas brews range from 6%-10% abv). Among the upgrades to the Sonoma County brewery are a 250-barrel brewhouse, a doubling of fermentation space and faster bottling and kegging lines.

Lagunitas founder Tony Magee told Shanken News Daily that he initially was targeting 30% sales growth for 2012, but changed that forecast after January and February numbers came in at double that rate. Magee claimed that Lagunitas—one of the first craft brewers to popularize beer in large bottles—has “quietly been the fastest-growing craft brewer for the last two years.” Sales volume was more than 161,000 (31-gallon) barrels last year, easily placing it among the top 15 craft brewers in the country. Magee said that due to spiraling demand, the brewery is producing at full capacity for the second half of the year.

Lagunitas, like other successful craft brewers, is thus struggling to keep up with demand. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer volume jumped 14% and dollar sales rose 15% in the first half of last year. In addition to the 1,740 craft brewers tracked by the Brewers Association, a further 725 new craft breweries were in the planning stages last year. Magee said the competition doesn’t concern him. “This is the best time in the last thousand years to be opening a brewery,” he remarked.

Lagunitas India Pale Ale is the company’s top-selling and best-performing label. The Lagunitas label, at 6.2% abv, was California’s leading IPA until the introduction of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Torpedo label in 2009. Other Lagunitas year-round beers include Hop Stoopid Ale (8% abv), Maximus Ale (8.2% abv), Imperial Stout (10.1% abv), PILS (6.2% abv), Censored Ale (6.8% abv) and Dogtown Pale Ale (6.2% abv). Seasonal brews include Cappuccino Stout, Imperial Red Ale, Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale and Brown Shugga Ale, ranging in alcohol content from 7.8% to 9.9%.

Lagunitas beers are known among craft beer lovers for their irreverent names, background stories and packaging descriptions, all written by Magee. However, Magee turned serious when asked what is the biggest challenge facing craft brewers today. “Remaining genuine while becoming professional,” he replied.

For more information visit Lagunitas here or stop in and mumble hello on Facebook

C. Mondavi & Sons Whip Out Their Divining Rod On Millenials


CK Mondavi Logo

Napa Valley based wine company C. Mondavi & Sons has unveiled their plans to launch their first new brand in over 60 years. Wines rolling out under their new brand The Divining Rod will be soon be available nationwide starting with a 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay and followed by a 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. According to COO Mike Jaeger, “The Divining Rod will target the Millennials” so expect both of their first releases to be premium wines that still float under that pesky $20 price point.

CK Mondavi Logo

Historically a divining rod appears as the forked branch of a tree or shrub. The operator of this device would utilize it to miraculously discover water or other valuable resources in an otherwise barren plot of land. Irrigation techniques in the vineyard have since improved. If C. Mondavi positions it well, their Divining Rod will surely find profit in catering to the Millennial wine market. The man in the picture above can bee seen using a divining rod. He does not belong to the Millenial wine market.

C. Mondavi’s existing portfolio includes their premium label Charles Krug and the accessibly priced CK Mondavi. Charles Krug features estate grown Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals with a selection of wines ranging from $18-$29 while their Family Reserve ranges from $50-$75. The Divining Rod offers the opportunity to round out the family portfolio and add a fresh brand to the mix.

“C. Mondavi has been in business since the 1940s and has only had two brands,” says Jaeger, formerly president of Wilson Daniels and Canandaigua Wines (Constellation), who joined the group last year. “But we now want to focus on growth—more than the winery has ever done in the past.” And grow they shall!  C. Mondavi is adding The Diving Rod to the table in April, recently hired Stacy Clark as the new winemaker for Charles Krug, and renovating Redwood Cellars, a historic building that will be repurposed as the vineyard’s tasting room and visitor center.

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Fruit Drinks vs. Soda Infographic

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Soda's Evil Twin
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In one year, the average American consumes 45 pounds of sugar … enough to fill a wheelbarrow. Yikes. Most surprising to me, sodas aren’t the biggest culprit, it’s fruit drinks. As many of you may know, we at Mutineer love infographics so we had to share this.

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Mutineer Magazine Issue 22 Preview


Issue 22

We at Mutineer Magazine have boldly designated 2012 as Year of The Mutineer and though it is only March, we already know we were right on the money with that call. We couldn’t be more exited to be sharing the ride with you and with a fine beverage in hand.

The March/April 2012 Issue of Mutineer Magazine brings you:

The Bachelors of Envolve Winery

Three best friends start making wine in Sonoma then one of them becomes a reality-TV star. Meet the guys behind Envolve Winery.

Destination: Beverage

Dust off the passport; travel season has begun. Mutineer Magazine points you to some of the hottest tourism destinations.


Chris D’Amico is surprised when he unearths an up-and-coming beverage culture on a recent trip to Scandinavia.

Ribera Del Duero

Mutineer contributor, Megan Wiig, visits Ribera, a Spanish wine region steeped in tradition that also embraces cutting-edge modernity. The contrasts are startling.

Hungry Mutineer: Matcha R&D

East meets West in the Mutineer Kitchen when matcha, the powdered green tea used in Japanese tea ceremonies, meanders into a few Western-style recipes.

The March/April issue also includes:
Dan Dunn’s Civilization and Its Discontents: Man Skirts
Wine Steals: Cabernet Sauvignon
What People Drink: Leaf & Vine’s Tim Keith
What People Drink: HelloCello’s Fred & Amy Groth
Beer Styles: Fruit Beers
Classic Cocktails: The Aviation
+++ Soda Jerk: Green Soda’s Green Shoots, Camembert Cheese, Drink Night Cocktails, Mutineer Library: Chasing The White Dog and much, much, more…

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Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Lagunitas Brewing Co. March 12


Lagunitas / Kitchen Door Beer Dinner

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with one of Northern California’s top breweries Lagunitas 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 on Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious courses with five great beers from Lagunitas Brewing Co. on March 12 including their Censored, WTF, Imperial Red Ale, IPA Maximus and Hop Stoopid.

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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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s From The Barrel Event Less Than a Month Away


Firestone Walker From The Barrel

It’s already March and that means Firestone Walker’s From The Barrel event is less than a month away. Join Firestone Walker and Mutineer Magazine as we celebrate everything we love about barrels and the libations they store inside. Bourbon, port, and of course beer will all be enjoyed with great local bites and music from the Tipsy Gypsies.

We hope to see you there.

When: Friday, March 30 from 7pm-10pm

Where: Historic Santa Margarita Ranch
9000 Yuerba Buena Rd.
Santa Margarita, CA 93453

Price: Tickets are very limited and are $60 a person.

Visit FromTheBarel.net for more information and to buy tickets.

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