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US Army Brewmaster

Want to serve your country? Why not serve beer for the Department of the Army as a brewmaster. Yes, that’s right … the Army Installation Management Command of the Department of the Army is looking to hire a brewmaster in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. I guess when I enlisted I either missed the memo or this job wasn’t available, but one lucky person in Oklahoma will be brewing beer for the United States Army and be responsible for:

  • Planning and managing the day-to-day operation of a brewery.
  • Preparing and/or overseeing the preparation of beer following and creating recipes.
  • Developing operating budget, identifying labor, equipment and supply cost elements.
  • Controlling pricing, beer production methods and techniques. Supervises assigned staff.

And who doesn’t want to be a brewmaster? But at $22,000 a year and no benefits, it certainly isn’t as glamorous as it may sound.

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Murphys, Mutineers and Mineral


Mutineer Magazine Staff Retreat 2011

A couple of weeks ago our motley crew of Mutineers from Washington to Virginia descended upon Murphys, California for the first annual Mutineer Magazine Staff Retreat. We tasted wine, played bocce and strengthened bonds over long meals and forty-two year old Scotch. It was a great weekend and I am excited to share some of it here with you.

Mutineer Magazine Staff Retreat 2011

Raising a glass at the Tanner Vineyards Tasting Room. The Syrah and Viognier here were just lovely, though a little dangerous on my empty stomach.

Mutineer Magazine Staff Retreat 2011

The historic Murphy’s Hotel.

Mutineer Magazine Staff Retreat 2011

Mutineers Brian, Julie and Ryan getting their bocce on.

Mutineer Magazine Staff Retreat 2011

Ashley Teplin of Media-ANT doing her part to secure victory for the women’s team. She also makes a mean pan of shiitake laced breakfast potatoes.

Mutineer Magazine Staff Retreat 2011

Mutineers walking the trail to Natural Bridges just outside of Murphys, California.

Mutineer Magazine Staff Retreat 2011

Friend of Mutineer Corbie and Mutineer design wizard Julie looking for creatures.

Mineral Restaurant

The Aphrodisiac cocktail, an intoxicating blend of sparkling wine, hibiscus, coriander, anise and ginger from Mineral.

Some fellow Mutineers have been living in Murphys since last September. If I’ve heard about one thing since they arrived, it has been the vegatarian restaurant Mineral. The thing that intrigued me about this restaurant is that only one of the guys is vegetarian and yet, they all rave about it. I knew that if a group of bacon loving young men loved this place, than it must be somewhere worth checking out. On our last day in Murphys, my Editor in Chief Alan set up lunch for me, Phil our designer Julie and her boyfriend Ryan. I have to tell you, that this is one of the best meals I have ever had the pleasure to sit down to.

Also, this is not a review, simply an account of one incredible lunch.

Mineral Restaurant

The Cherry Bombs were my second favorite dish of the meal. I can’t find a proper description, but as far as I could tell it is chile and cheese that has been battered, fried, topped with a cherry and served with balsamic jam. That description seems too simple. I feel like something as vibrant and exciting as this was deserves to be written about with neon and punctuated with sparklers.

Mineral Restaurant

The cheese and cracker plate consisted of delicious thin toasts served with Bellwether Farms Crescenza, olive oil and olive dust. It was creamy with lovely bitter olive notes and the toasts had a pleasing snap.

Mineral Restaurant

This Kumquat Sparkler was just delicious. I wish I knew what was in it, because I think I’d like to make it at home.

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From The Barrel: A Firestone Walker Fairy Tale


Firestone Walker From The Barrel

Once upon a time, in a land known as Paso Robles, there was a little craft brewery called Firestone Walker. They made beer. And by making beer, they made people happy.

One day, in addition to making beer, Firestone Walker also made a decision. They decided to throw a party –  a party celebrating some of the best barrel-aged brews coming out of California. This made people really happy.

So on Friday, April 8, Ballast Point, Russian River, The Bruery, New Belgium, Stone and Lost Abbey all converged on Historic Santa Margarita Ranch, and poured their finest for the people. Rich and malty, frothy cups of barrel-aged bliss.

No one expected the 32 degree nighttime lows, so there was rejoicing throughout the land at the abundance of bourbon. Oh, the bourbon. Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Blanton’s. A delicious spread of barrel-aged, 51% corn goodness.

Party-goers were also treated to Paso port wines from Roxo Cellars, Cass Winery, Paso Port, EOS, Eberle and Le Vigne. A selection of cigars was available for purchase, to really help revelers feel like royalty.

And then there was food. Artisan, Mee Heng Low Noodle House, The Grill at Avila Beach Resort, Novo, Buona Tavola.

It was like a dream come true.

And we lived happily ever after (at least ’til the morning hangovers kicked in…).

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The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess: The Mint Julep


The Kentucky Derby is just a day away and that means it’s time to bust out some Mint Juleps. The Mint Julep has been associated with the Kentucky Derby since 1938 and now nearly 120,000 of the tasty cocktails are served over the two day race. Watch as Robert Hess, cocktail cocktail extraordinaire from Small Screen Network’s The Cocktail Spirit schools you on the drink and teaches you how to make it.

Be sure to visit The Cocktail Spirit to learn how to properly make every classic cocktail under the sun.

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Cinco de Mayo Tequila Cocktail – Taco Truck Pairings


With Cinco de Mayo coming up, what better way to celebrate it than with tacos? …. and TEQUILA! I’ll be in the heart of Tequila country on Cinco de Mayo in Guadalajara, Mexico so I’m sure I’ll have my fill of both, but I’m glad to see that the people at Espolón Tequila have their minds in the right place as well. Espolón asked three of the best mixologists from New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco to come up with a tequila-based cocktail to be paired with an offering from one of their local taco trucks. The drink and taco recipes can be found below.

Cocktail Recipes

Bebida de PueblaBebida de Puebla
Created by Eric Alperin
The Varnish, Los Angeles
2 oz. Espolón Tequila Reposado
.25 oz. Benedictine Liqueur
.25 oz. Coffee Liqueur
.5 oz. Lustau Dry Amontillado Sherry – Los Arcos
Lemon Peel

Stir all ingredients with ice in a chilled mixing glass. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Spray and garnish with a lemon peel.

Famed mixologist Eric Alperin created this cocktail to compliment a taco truck trend made famous in Los Angeles—the Korean-style BBQ taco. The subtle, smoky flavors of this cocktail pair exceedingly well with hearty pulled pork, while the mildly sweet seasoning of the meat is echoed in the additions of coffee liqueur to the cocktail.

This cocktail could also pair exceptionally well with a classic ground beef taco, seasoned with just a hint of cumin.

Sidra de la Mula (Apple Cider Mule)Sidra de la Mula (Apple Cider Mule)
Created by H. Joseph Ehrmann
Elixir, San Francisco
1.5 oz. Espolón Tequila Blanco
12 oz. Bottle of Sidral Mundet
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 squeeze of a Lemon Slice

Combine all ingredients in a 16 oz. cup of ice and stir.

H. Joseph Ehrmann set out to create a cocktail that was simple, refreshing and truly matched the look and feel of El Tonayense Taco truck—one of San Francisco’s most visited mobile hotspots. Created in the style of the “Ginger Mule,” Ehrmann has substituted Sidral Mundet, a popular apple-flavored, Mexican soft drink, for traditional ginger beer. The flavors create a light and drinkable cocktail, perfectly paired with the complex citrus notes of the Pollo Asado Tacos at El Tonayense Taco Truck.

Bucking BorrachoBucking Borracho
Created by Adam Schuman, Beverage Director
Fatty Crew, New York
2 oz. Espolón Tequila Reposado
.25 oz. Ginger Syrup
.5 oz. Lemon Juice
.5 oz. Lime Juice
2 dashes Blended Chocolate Bitters (equal parts Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate and Bitter Truth Xocolatl Bitters)
1.5 oz. Ginger Beer
Lemon Slice
Mint Sprig

In a shaker mix tequila, ginger syrup, lemon juice, lime juice and chocolate bitters with ice. Shake and strain into an iced highball, leaving enough room to top with chilled ginger beer. Garnish with lemon and mint.

Adam Schuman, beverage director for NYC’s Fatty Crew, is well versed in pairing cocktails with unusual spices and ingredients. If there was any doubt that Chocolate Bitters, tequila, ginger syrup and, yes, beef tongue go together, whip out your shaker and call up El Diablo Taco truck for an order of their signature Braised Tacos de Lengua. The rich and complex flavors of the braised lengua tacos are perfectly paired with the slightly sweet, slightly sour Bucking Borracho cocktail.

Taco Recipes

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork TacosSlow-Cooked Pulled Pork Tacos
Los Angeles, CA
Makes 6 servings

2 ½ lbs. boneless pork tenderloin
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
¼ cup brown sugar
2 jalapeños, sliced into rings
1 red onion, roughly chopped
8 small flour or corn tortillas, warmed
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 lime, cut into wedges

Heat oven to 300° F. Place the pork in the center of 2 large sheets of aluminum foil and season meat on all sides with the salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. Spoon the sugar over the pork, turning to coat. Scatter the jalapeños and onion around the pork. Fold the double layer of foil around the pork and seal edges tightly. Place in a baking dish and roast until fork-tender, about 4 hours. Let cool. Unwrap the pork, and pour juices into separate container. Use a fork to shred the pork, placing shredded pieces in a large bowl. Pour the cooking juices, onion, and jalapeños over the pork and toss. Squeeze lime over pork mixture. Spoon pork mixture onto individual tacos and wrap. Garnish with cilantro leaves and lime.

Pollo Asado TacosPollo Asado Tacos
El Tonayense Taco Truck
San Francisco, CA

2 lbs. boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
½ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 tbs. black pepper
2 tbs. garlic salt
Salt to taste
Hard taco shells
Toppings to taste

Combine chicken, orange juice, pepper, garlic salt and salt in a bowl. Refrigerate and let marinate overnight. Sauté chicken in a hot pan until cooked through. Dish into taco shells and garnish with your favorite toppings.

El Diablo Braised Tacos de LenguaEl Diablo Braised Tacos de Lengua
El Diablo Taco Truck
Brooklyn, NY
Makes roughly 7-8 tacos

½ beef tongue, cleaned
2 ½ cups water
2 cups beef stock
½ white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 jalapeño, sliced
2 tomatoes, halved and sliced
½ cup chopped cilantro
½ bottle dark Mexican beer
1 tbs. vegetable oil
Salt & pepper
Queso Fresco
Corn Tortillas

Season beef tongue generously with salt and pepper. Sauté onions, garlic, jalapeño and tomatoes in a heavy pot with vegetable oil for 5 mins. Add water, beef stock and dark beer to sautéed vegetables and bring to boil. Add beef tongue and chopped cilantro to a heavy pot and salt to taste. Simmer covered until tender, turning tongue once. Braise for about 3 hours. Cool uncovered in broth. Remove tongue and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Dress with queso fresco, onions, cilantro and a wedge of lime. Serve on a corn tortilla and top with salsa.

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Think Outside the Box With Bagged Wine


Indulge Wine

The whole Mutineer crew are pretty big advocates for sustainability and making environmentally sound choices when possible. Our Issue #16 of Mutineer is testament to this as nearly the entire issue was focused around Earth day with sustainability in mind pertaining to all aspects of the beverage industry. This brings me to bagged wine. We have seen boxed wine. We have seen wines such as FLASQ that comes in cans. We have even seen wine that comes in a keg, as seen with MAS Wine Company. We’ve even seen wine coming in small juice like boxes. Now, we have Indulge Wine which features a large Capri Sun (beverage, yeah!) type pouch that holds the equivalent of two bottles of wine. Some people might be turned off from wine not coming in a traditional bottle and they might think this is just Franzia in different packaging, but what Indulge is offering is premium world class wine in environmentally friendly packaging and that’s something we can get on board with pretty easily.

What are some of the pros of Indulge Wine? Compared to bottled and boxed wine, it has the:

  • Lowest carbon footprint
  • Highest wine to packaging ratio
  • Lowest transportation cost
  • Lowest landfill pressure by weight
  • Lowest energy input to chill

And on top of this, it stays fresh once opened for up to 30 days as air isn’t introduced to the 2009 Pinot Noir Central Coast or the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc North Coast inside.

I personally haven’t had the opportunity to try Indulge Wine, but I look forward to the opportunity and innovating ideas such as this excite me.

2 comments 05.02.2011 |

Twisted Pine Brewing Releases World’s Hottest Beer


Twisting Pine Brewing Ghost Face Killa

On May 5, Twisted Pine Brewing will release Ghost Face Killa. No, Ghost Face Killa isn’t a rapper (well, it is that too..) or the name of a gang, it’s the name of a six peppered beer dry hopped with ghost peppers, arguably the hottest pepper in the world rated at over 1 million heat units on the Scoville scale.

100 cases of the death-infused unfiltered wheat-based beer will be released. Besides ghost peppers (also known as Bhut Jolokia), a pepper so hot that it can be weaponized, the beer will include Anaheim, Fresno, Jalapeno, Serrano, Habanero peppers.

I’ve had some fairly hot chili beers in my time such as Shooting Creek Brewery’s Capsicum Stout, a stout brewed with habanero peppers rated at 100,000 scoville units. Even at just 100,000 scoville units compared to 1 million, there was a serious tingling burn in the back of the throat, not unlike pepper spray which I’ve also had the pleasure of being exposed to on more than one occasion. The correlation between pepper spray and capsicum? Capsicum comes from peppers such as the habanero, which pepper spray is derived from.

So if you’re lucky enough to snag one of these bottles, keep it outta your eyes and your pants and enjoy!

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Glenlivet Decades from Gordon & MacPhail


Glenlivet Decades Collection

Last year, Gordon Macphail stunned the world when they released the world’s oldest single malt whisky, the Scottish 70 year old Mortlach in their Generations Series. Now, they’re at it again, this time with a 70 year old Glenlivet as part of the Gordon and Macphail Glenlivet Decades collection which includes five decades worth of Glenlivet from 1954, 1963, 1974, 1980 and 1991. The collection as a whole can be purchased for $4,700 or by the bottle individually for $160-$2100 depending on the age and rarity of the particular bottle.

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