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Union Wine Co., Alternative Packaging, and Canned Wine

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In the past, wine only came in glass bottles and with traditional corks. Or, rather, this is the only way they were acceptable. Wines that came in jugs or boxes with spouts on the end were looked at as inferior, with no real purpose but to put quantity over quality with cheap wine inside. Eventually, new alternative forms of packaging emerged like Tetra Paks, kegged wine, pouches, metal bottles, stelvin wine closures and synthetic corks, and more. All of these are practical in the right application and many of them offer great wines. Free Flow Wines, for instance, offers some of your favorite Napa Valley wines in kegs across the country.

Many of these alternative packaging options also offer convenience, which make these wine options popular among the younger wine drinking crowd. One alternative packaging offering was so popular for one small winery that they made it a mainstay in their production lineup. Oregon’s Union Wine Company introduced a canned wine at the Portland’s Feast 2013 Food & Wine event as a promotional idea centered around the “beerificiation of wine” trend. It was such a hit that they decided to bring it to market Spring of 2014. See the full post »


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Kickstarter Spotlight: The Apothecary Bitters Company

Beverage News

Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. The latest project to capture our attention is from The Apothecary Bitters Company out of Vancouver, Canada.

The Apothecary Bitters Company was co-founded by Cole Benoit, a brewer, chef, mixologist and an artist of various mediums, who wanted to create creative and delicious bitters that would be used to enhance cocktails. The result would be their five core bitters:

  • Spirit Fire, cherry cedar bitters
  • Mystic Caravan, smokey pear bitters
  • Tlalocan, Latin lime bitters
  • The Darkness, cacao coffee bitters
  • General Ambrose’s aromatic bitters, their unique take on a classic aromatic bitters

While they’ve already reached their goal of $4,500, they’re now working on stretch goals which will help fund a seasonal release program, a barrel aging program, and to increase their production for wider distribution.

To back this project, click here.


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Hungry Mutineer: Guinness Mac & Cheese

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I have some big news about my column Hungry Mutineer that has graced the pages of Mutineer in its current form for four years now. I am moving the column to the Mutineer website as a weekly column, while my column in the magazine undergoes a revamp. Here on the blog, I will not only share recipes with you, but talk about the booze and how to work with it, in the hope that it will inspire you to create your own boozy creations. In the coming weeks I will share with you my boozy recipes for St. Patrick’s Day and to celebrate the spring season using fine beverage from brands like Port City Brewing Company, St-Germain, and Balvenie. I hope you are as excited about this development as I am.

To kick things off I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes from the Hungry Mutineer archives, Guinness Mac & Cheese. I love the interplay between the rich stout flavors and the sharp cheddar cheese. The resulting dish is delicious, creamy, and thoroughly satisfying. The barley on top adds a crispy element that completes this dish oh so well. Give this a try for your St. Patrick’s Day meal. I promise that you won’t be disappointed! See the full post »



Napa’s Kitchen Door to Host Saké Dinner March 10

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Napa’s Kitchen Door isn’t doing a craft beer dinner this month, but a saké dinner instead. Leading the saké dinner will be famed Kikisake-Shi (a Master Sommelier for saké) Stuart Morris.

Kitchen Door, honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley, will be pairing four delicious courses with four incredible sakés, selected by Morris.

The dinner will take place Monday March 10 from 6pm to 8pm.

Tickets are very limited for this dinner and are $75 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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The Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Cocktail Competition is Now Live

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Mutineer Magazine is proud to once again be sponsoring Tales of the Cocktail’s Official Cocktail Competition.

For the 2014 Cocktail Competition, Tales of the Cocktail is getting back to its New Orleans roots by celebrating one of the city’s most renowned cocktails: The Hurricane. A legend of the French Quarter since the 1940s, the Hurricane has become a staple in bars around the world. Now we’re challenging bartenders to pay homage to this classic cocktail with their own creations.

The Hurricane hails from Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street. Whiskey was in short supply after WWII, while liquor distributors were overstocked in rum; their solution was to force bars to buy a case of rum with every Scotch purchase. Legend has it that Pat O’Brien’s head bartender, Louis Culligan, came up with the Hurricane as a way to get rid of all that rum. Culligan revealed his recipe to “Cabaret” magazine in 1956: 4 ounces of gold rum, the juice of 2 lemons, and 2 ounces of “Fassionola,” a brand of bottled red passion fruit mix.

How you reinterpret this drink for 2014 is up to you, but in order not to stray too far from the original concept, your recipe must follow these three rules:

  • Your base spirits must include (but are not limited to) at least one rum.
  • Your sweetening agents must include (but are not limited to) passion fruit.
  • It doesn’t matter how you get there, but the color of your drink should be red — or at least reddish, which is one of the hallmarks of the Hurricane. So is the Hurricane’s signature curvaceous tall glass; bonus points for crafting a drink that looks good in one.

See the full post »


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Op-ed: Community Support Needed to Make Small Businesses “Prime Time” Concern of WA’s Rep. Hurst

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Below is an op-ed by Tiffany Hereth Adamowski, co-owner of 99 Bottles in Federal Way.

Tuesday I went to Olympia to testify before the Washington State Government & Accountability Committee, of which Representative Christopher Hurst is chair. I live in Rep. Hurst’s district, and I was there in support of SB 5731, which would allow Specialty Beer/Wine Stores to sell craft distilled spirits.

I was optimistic going in, as SSB 5731 has already overwhelmingly passed the Senate (43 Yea, 4 Nay), but felt it necessary to attend and give testimony as this bill could ultimately mean life or death for Specialty Beer/Wine Stores like mine.

A little background…
Seven years ago my husband and I quit our full-time jobs and embarked on a new journey as entrepreneurs. We opened a little Specialty Beer Store just nine miles from home, over in Federal Way. It is called 99 Bottles. There we have had the joy of sharing our passion of craft beer with others, selling local, import and American beers.

Two years ago voters approved 1183 to privatize liquor sales in Washington State. Since that time, sales margins have started to go downhill…

We look at options for diversification. Our first choice would be to bring in craft spirits. Our dream was always to run a specialty alcohol store, not a tavern. But the law, as is, won’t allow us to bring in spirits. Why?

Approval of 1183 made Washington State Law state that to sell liquor a store must be 10,000-square feet or larger, be a former state store or meet another criteria which we do not.

Flash-forward two years: 60% of the former state liquor stores have gone out of business. National corporate chains BevMo and Total Wine & More are taking advantage of Washington Liquor Laws written in their favor. We fight against these billion-dollar corporate liquor chains for customers…in beer sales only. See the full post »



Premiere Napa Valley Breaks Previous Record, Raises $6 Million

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Each year, the Napa Valley Vintners–the nonprofit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation–hold two major events; Auction Napa Valley and Premiere Napa Valley. Auction Napa Valley is geared towards consumers who bid on incredible auction lots like trips around the world, private concerts from Grammy award winning artists, and more. All the money raised from this, in which an excess of $110 million has been raised since 1981, goes to local health, youth and affordable housing non-profit programs.

On the other hand, there is Premiere Napa Valley. This event is for the trade to include restaurant owners, wine buyers, beverage directors, and wine shops and these attendees are looking to buy auction lots of extremely limited Premiere Napa Valley wine that will be unique to their establishment. The money raised from this auction supports the Napa Valley Vintners and the work they do promoting and protecting Napa Valley throughout the year.

Premiere Napa Valley was this past Saturday and it was one for the record books. This year’s event was attended by 600 top trade and media guests who traveled from eight countries and 28 states. The previous record of $3.1 million dollars in 2012 was nearly doubled as the auction brought in $5.9 million with 225 auction lots ranging from 60 bottles to 240 bottles each. 90% of the lots were from the 2012 harvest and overall each bottle of wine averaged a wholesale cost of $283. These 225 auction lots went to 73 successful bidders. See the full post »


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James Beard Foundation Announces 2014 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists

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The James Beard Foundation has just released this year’s nominees, which isn’t exclusive to food and chefs, and includes beverage categories like Outstanding Wine Program, Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional, and Outstanding Bar Program. See the full post »


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