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Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Napa Smith Brewery. Feb 13


Kitchen Door Craft Beer Dinner with Napa Smith Brewery

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with hometown brewery Napa Smith Brewery for a celebration of Northern California craft beer, great food and San Francisco Beer Week. 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 four delicious courses with four great beers from Napa Smith on February 13 including their Pilsner, Ginger Wheat, Pale Ale, Amber Ale and Grateful Dog Barleywine.

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

Visit the SF Beer Week listing for the event here.

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SF Beer Week: The Three Ring Circus


Three Ring Circus - SF Beer Week

Sean Z. Paxton adding the dulce de leche during the brewing process. Photo courtesy of Sean Z. Paxton

Calling all Bay Area Readers!

SF Beer Week is almost here and Chef Sean Z. Paxton, most commonly known as Homebrew Chef, is getting ready once again to strut his stuff. He is collaborating with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Shmaltz Brewing Company and Ninkasi Brewing Company to orchestrate a boisterous carnival of craft beer, incredible food and a circus performance.
Sean will be pairing the meal with twelve mostly “rare and unusual beers”, one I am particularly excited about the Three Ring Circus Ale is flavored with dulce de leche and dry “peanuted.” It is a collaboration brew brought to you by the aforementioned breweries and was concocted at Speakeasy in San Francisco. Dinner will be a “whimsical, circus-inspired 9-course menu to accompany the show” and knowing what I do of Mr. Paxton it should be one hell of a show meal. 
For tickets to the Three Ring Circus Dinner go to: www.threeringcircus.eventbrite.com

For more information on SF Beer Week events check out: www.sfbeerweek.org

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You’re invited to make Encanto Pisco in Peru


Campo de Encanto Pisco is inviting every American bartender to join them in Peru this April to experience Vendimia, the harvest and fermentation of the Pisco grapes, to watch distillation and to roll up their sleeves and learn the craft of blending Campo de Encanto Pisco.

Follow the simple rules highlighted in the video and you might be on your way to Peru to join Duggan McDonnell and team make Campo de Encanto Pisco.

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Courvoisier Announces C by Courvoisier


C By CourvoisierDEERFIELD, Ill., Feb. 1, 2012 — Courvoisier, the cognac house of Beam Inc., announced today the addition of C by Courvoisier to its award-winning portfolio. A bold, revolutionary cognac, C by Courvoisier is full of attitude, boasting a daring, intense flavor profile that stands out from the crowd and showcases a new side of cognac.

C by Courvoisier offers consumers an innovative, new option in the cognac category. An intense blend of small-batch-produced cognac specially selected from 50 winegrowers in the Fin Bois Cru, C by Courvoisier is carefully crafted by the house’s master blender and goes through a double-barrel aging process to produce a smooth, full-bodied taste experience.

“The liquid is first aged in young barrels to bring out a strong, wood character and give it a full-bodied, intense flavor,” said Patrice Pinet, Master Blender for Courvoisier. “It is then aged in mature barrels to round out the taste profile and deliver a silky finish. With hints of carnation, orange peel, clove, toast and crusty bread in its flavor profile, it is best served chilled for a truly unforgettable experience.”

C by Courvoisier:

  • Is made with an intense blend of small-batch-produced cognac, specially selected from 50 winegrowers in the Fin Bois Cru.
  • Offers a bold new taste experience that is perfect for a night out with the guys.
  • Has a flavor profile boasting a rich, intense character with a good balance between floral, fruity aromas and wood, with notes of carnation, orange peel, clove, toast and crusty bread for a bold drinking experience.
  • Is double-barreled for a strong character with a smooth finish.
  • Is packaged in Courvoisier’s iconic Josephine bottle.
  • Has an ABV of 40% / 80 Proof.
  • Offers consumers a new and exciting spirit option to be enjoyed on every occasion.

C by Courvoisier joins the recently released Courvoisier Rose, a lower-ABV liquid that combines the house’s premium cognac with French Red wine grapes for a refreshing drinking experience, and the 2010 release of the Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection- the first cognacs with a declared age statement from any of the four major cognac houses. Like the Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection and Courvoisier Rose, C by Courvoisier is yet another example of the innovative and revolutionary spirit that has defined the cognac house since the time of Napoleon.

C by Courvoisier will be available nationwide beginning February, 2012. A 750ml bottle has a suggested retail price of $34.99.

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Anchor Brewing Pays Up To Settle Bi-Coastal Beer Bet


Anchor President John Dannerbeck(JAN 31, 2012)–A bi-coastal bet was made between two of the nation’s leading craft brewers before the NFL NFC Championship game, and now it’s time to pay up.

John Dannerbeck, president of Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco, and Steve Hindy, president of Brooklyn Brewery in New York, agreed to pour beer from the winning brewery and outfit their own brewery’s tour staff in jerseys from the opposing team for a week should their team lose in the battle between the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants for the NFC title.

The Giants were the winners in a tightly contested overtime game, so Anchor brewing staff will wear Giants jerseys and pour samples of Brooklyn’s Sorachi Ace beer during tours of its San Francisco brewery Monday, January 30 through Friday, February 3.

“The Niners played a great game but the Giants came out on top, so we’ll stand by our word,” said Dannerbeck. ”We’ll be pouring beer from Brooklyn Brewery and wearing the Giants’ colors this week, but don’t worry, our Niners will be back next year and we’ll be hoping for a chance to even the score.”

“We hope our friends in San Francisco enjoy the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. Let’s hope for a rematch in 2013,” said Brooklyn Brewery President Steve Hindy.

Public tastings of Brooklyn Beer will not be available during this time, as Anchor tours are available by advance reservation only. Unfortunately, all tours are full this week, but you may call the brewery directly at 415.863.8350 to inquire about any cancellations.

Want to get a look at Anchor Brewing staff wearing the “Big Blue” colors? Connect with the breweries online:

Anchor Brewing
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/anchorbrewing
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/anchorbrewing

The Brooklyn Brewery
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thebrooklynbrewery
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/brooklynbrewery

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Michel Rolland Turns Wine To Water in Africa

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NAPA, Calif. — World-famous winemaker Michel Rolland built his reputation by working wonders in the cellar. Now he’s doing miracles of a different sort by turning his South African wine into water for Ethiopians in desperate need.

A crisis of epic proportions is unfolding in Ethiopia, where every day millions struggle for their very lives due to drought and contaminated water. Recognizing this urgent need and the critical role that water plays in the production of fine wine, Michel Rolland has partnered with CNN Hero Doc Hendley, founder of Wine To Water, and Montesquieu Wines, a California winery and importer, on a special project – the Bonne Nouvelle, a wine from the land of Africa, for the people of Africa.

The 2003 Bonne Nouvelle, Michel’s signature Cabernet blend from Stellenbosch, is aptly named: it means “good news” in French. Proceeds will go directly to Wine To Water to dig deep bore wells in the Dale region of Southern Ethiopia, where 6 out of 10 people lack access to clean water, causing life-threatening diseases to run rampant. The project’s initial goal is to raise $40,000 – enough to fund four wells, providing permanent water access for over 8,000 people. The Bonne Nouvelle is available at www.winetowaterstore.com, where wine lovers can learn how they can save a life with each bottle they drink.

Montesquieu Wines’ founder Fonda Hopkins, who works separately with Michel Rolland and Doc Hendley on several other projects, brought them together to forge this partnership. “Michel and Doc come from completely different backgrounds,” observes Hopkins. “But both men are so passionate about life and committed to excellence that this project came together as a natural fit.” Montesquieu is facilitating the partnership by importing and distributing the wine at no charge.

Hendley, whose organization has provided water to approximately 100,000 people in twelve countries, says, “It’s wonderful to see some of the top players in the wine community step up to the plate to make such a difference.” In 2009, Hendley was named a CNN Top 10 Hero for his work. He is currently touring the nation discussing his new book Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World, published by Penguin.

For more details, please visit www.winetowater.org or www.montesquieu.com.

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Fine Beverage Photo Blog: Clear Creek Distillery Pear Eau de Vie


Clear Creek Pear Eau De Vie

This photo comes to us from Mutineer Photography Henchman Phil Jimcosky and features Clear Creek Distillery Pear Eau De Vie from Portland, Oregon. To get the pear inside of the bottle, the pear is actually grown inside of the bottle in their orchards, before being filled with their pear eau de vie. This practice of growing pears in the bottle is traditional in Alsace where pear brandy has been made for hundreds of years.

To view more of Phil’s photography that features food, beverage and beyond, visit his blog Food Aperture.

Do you have a photo you’d like considered for the Fine Beverage Photo Blog? Email us at brian@mutineermagazine.com!

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Event: Cochon 555 Napa Valley – Sunday January 29


Cochon 555

Cochon 555 – five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers – is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. The Napa event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu created from heritage breed pigs, nose-to-tail, for an audience of pork-loving epicureans. On Sunday January 29, Cochon 555 will invade the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA for a night of pure pig deliciousness.

2012 Napa competing chefs include Chris L’Hommedieu of Michael Mina San Francisco, Lars Kronmark of Culinary Institute of America, Michael Tuohy of Dean & Deluca, Mark Dommen of One Market Restaurant and the 2011 King and Queen of Porc – Duskie Estes + John Stewart of zazu restaurant + farm.

Guests will be treated to an epic pork feast with wines from five different small wineries, including Elk Cove Vineyards, Scholium Project, Behrens Family Winery, Wind Gap Wines and Matthiasson plus a special tasting of SALDO.

At the end of the night, attendees and local judges will select the Prince or Princess of Porc. The winning chef will compete against other regional winners at the finale Grand Cochon event at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 17, 2012.

Interested in purchasing tickets? Visit this website here.

Include the hashtag #cochonnapa on tweets about the event.

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