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Forbes 30 under 30: Alan Kropf

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Forbes 30 Under 30

Today the Mutiny took another big step forward with Forbes recognizing Mutineer Publisher Alan Kropf as a 30 under 30 honoree, saying Mutineer is “…a magazine that actually lives up to its name, causing mutiny in bev. culture.”

Kropf is in great company with other honorees including Pete Cashmore of Mashable, fashion entrepreneurs Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen, NBA star Lebron James, actor Jonah Hill, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, musician Lady Gaga, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

According to Forbes:
Who is reinventing the world? Who should you hire today? Who will you be working for in 20 years? Who, in short, under the age of 30, matters? These are the people who aren’t waiting to reinvent the world. FORBES, leaning on the wisdom of its readers and the greatest minds in business, presents the 30 disrupters under 30, in each of 12 fields, making a difference right now.

The impressive selection committee for food & beverage included chef Daniel Boulud, restauranteur Danny Meyer (Gramercy Tavern) and Lee Schrager (South Beach Wine & Food Festival / Southern Wine & Spirits). Big thanks to all that nominated Alan and have long supported this bombastic fine beverage mutiny.

This caps off a big year for Mutineer and Kropf, with other recognitions including Wine & Spirits 30 under 30 and Folio’s 13 under 30.

Craft Beer Radar: Notable Upcoming Beer Releases


Flying Dog Brewery Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Flying Dog Brewery Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

This 8.9% ABV brew is made with locally-roasted coffee from Black Dog out of Summit Point, West Virginia. Flying Dog’s Imperial Coffee Stout, which is hitting shelves and draft lines in the mid-Atlantic this week. Once an experimental release named simply Coffee Stout, the brew has now found its spot in Flying Dog’s permanent seasonal rotation, which Flying Dog plans to release Kujo each winter.

Founders Brewing Curmudgeon’s Better Half
Founders Brewing Curmudgeon’s Better Half

Founders Brewing Co.’s Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing, Dave Engbers, has announced that Curmudgeon’s Better Half would be the next release in the brewery’s 750mL Backstage Series, with availability beginning on February 13, 2012, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Curmudgeon’s Better Half is a re-branding of the beer formerly known as Kaiser’s Curmudgeon, which has only been served at Founders’ taproom and in extremely limited draft distribution. Curmudgeon is an old ale brewed with molasses and aged on oak; it becomes Better Half after aging—for 254 days—in bourbon barrels that have more recently been aging Michigan maple syrup.

Odell Brewing SaboteurOdell Brewing Saboteur

On December 14th, Odell Brewing began shipping this year’s batch of Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale, a classic brown ale aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. “Brewed on a big chocolaty brown ale base, Saboteur was aged with a clean and fruity strain of Brettanomyces in oak to give it nice vanilla and brown sugar layers,” said Zach Turner, quality assurance manager for Odell Brewing. Saboteur is offered in 750ml Belgian style cork and cage finished bottles and will be available in the brewery’s ten state distribution region beginning in late December or early January 2012.

The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown Than Black IPA

After John Kimmich lost The Alchemist Pub and Brewery in Waterbury, VT to Hurricane Irene, Stone Brewing Co. Brewmaster Mitch Steele heard of the loss and immediately sent out an email to John asking if there was anything he could do to help. Eventually, John flew to California and teamed up with Mitch and Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing Company and they collaborated to create More Brown Than Black IPA. Proceeds from the beer, released December 19, will benefit the Waterbury Good Neighbor fund.
The Alchemist / Ninkasi / Stone More Brown Than Black IPA

Goose Island and Frontera Grill XocolatlGoose Island and Frontera Grill Xocolatl

Xocolatl is a collaboration beer between Chicago’s Goose Island and Rick Bayless’ Mexican restaurant Frontera Grill. The draft only beer is a barrel aged chocolate barley wine made with chocolate beans, Mexican vanilla and ancho chili and aged for 18 months in barrels previously housing Elijah Craig 18-year-old whiskey. Xocolatl will be on tap when Frontera opens its doors next Wednesday at 5 p.m and is expected to last only a couple of days.

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Nearly 200 Dead in India After Drinking Toxic Moonshine


India Liquor Deaths

People prepare to place the body of a toxic liquor victim onto a truck outside a hospital in Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata, India, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Bootleg liquor laced with toxic methanol killed scores of people and sickened dozens more who bought the illegal brew at small shops in eastern India, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Police in India have arrested ten people on suspicion of producing and distributing illegal moonshine that is responsible for killing upwards of 200 people and injuring hundreds more. Those injured were mostly manual laborers that purchased the liquor for around 20 cents for a half liter, which is around a third of the price of state-sanctioned alcohol. The drink, which is believed to have been mixed with methanol, can induce comas, cause blindness or death if consumed in high doses and it is estimated that one or two people across India die from tainted liquor every week.

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#TEBOWMANIA Hits Beer Scene



Eagle, Colorado’s Bonfire Brewing is creating some buzz with their Tebrew – The Sunday Sipper. The barleywine, which features a likeness of Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow kneeling and praying … with a frosty mug of Bonfire Brewing beer … won’t be distributed and you have to visit the brewpub to try it. The response on their facebook is a mix of applause and accusations of blasphemy and if nothing else, it’s certainly entertaining to read.

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Grand Marnier Kicks off the Holiday Season with The Grand Giving Tree

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Grand Marnier Grand Giving Tree

Dedicated to giving back this holiday season, iconic spirit brand Grand Marnier has partnered with three charitable organizations to help raise funds for their individual causes. World Wildlife Fund, one of the world’s largest nature conservation programs; WaterAid America, dedicated to transforming lives by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world’s poorest countries; and Cool Earth, an organization that helps indigenous communities halt deforestation one village at a time, will participate in an extraordinary holiday program – The Grand Giving Tree.

Live now on Grand Marnier’s Facebook page, The Grand Giving Tree Facebook application will allow users to select a holiday ornament representing their organization of choice and place it on a virtual holiday tree. The organization with the most ornaments by December 31st will receive a $10,000 donation. The giving will not stop there. Grand Marnier acknowledges the significance of the causes featured and will award a secondary amount to each of the remaining two organizations. In addition, all users who hang an ornament on the tree can enter to win $1,000 for themselves to spread holiday cheer to their family and friends.

“We are so excited to be partnering with such amazing organizations,” said Pamela Broyles, Marketing Manager for Marnier Lapostolle Inc. “The holidays should be about giving, and we are honored to be able to contribute to these deserving causes.”

Recognizing the importance of social media in our digital world, Grand Marnier is tapping into an audience of millions and encouraging them to give back in a non-traditional way.

“By utilizing a hugely popular platform like Facebook, The Grand Giving Tree will bring people together through social networking and the power of goodwill,” concluded Broyles.

Take a moment to get involved during the holidays by visiting The Grand Giving Tree on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/grandmarnier and choose your cause’s ornament today.

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Craft Brewers Create Jobs Through Recession


Beer sales have been down during the current economic slump, but Eliane Quijano found a pair of brothers whose craft brewery has been creating jobs along with their signature beers.

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The New Vault of Coca Cola

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The Vault at Coca Cola

Credit: World of Coca-Cola

Ever wonder where Coca Cola hides their secret recipe? Since 1925 it had been stored in a vault at the SunTrust Bank in Atlanta, Georgia but it has recently moved a little closer to home where it is now hidden in plain sight. The heavily guarded recipe is now part of an exhibit entitled The Vault of The Secret Formula at the Coca Cola Museum, a grand finale of the celebration for the 125th anniversary of Coca Cola. Visitors won’t be able to see the secret recipe, but they will be put into the mystery of the recipe as they experience an interactive multimedia presentation about the vault, the recipe and the history of Coca Cola.

More than 1 million people annually visit the World of Coke, which turns 5 in May 2012.

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The Big Hurt Beer and Song

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It’s true, Frank Thomas has his own beer. The future hall of famer known as The Big Hurt has a beer called Big Hurt Beer, a “crisp, full flavored American lager.” He, apparently, also (unofficially) has a song about it.

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