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Mutineer Magazine Issue 17 Preview


Mutineer Magzine Issue 17

Mutineer Interview: Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson

Mutineer Editor in Chief and Sommelier Alan Kropf sits down with Master Sommelier, author and James Beard Award winner Andrea Robinson to discuss wine, culinary school, popcorn wine pairings and her signature stemware line.

Moonshine: Spirit of the South

From Junior Johnson to Popcorn Sutton, Mutineer Chris D’Amico takes you deep into the world of prohibition, moonshine running and NASCAR and gives you a glimpse of the modern moonshine revival.

Doi Chaang Coffee: The Elephant in the Roast

An incredible story of northern Thailand’s Doi Chaang Coffee Company and their efforts to produce world class coffee and to more than fairly compensate the producers and workers. Meet the Akha hill tribe families and Wicha Promyong, a former entrepreneur from southern Thailand who “adopted ” the Akha hill tribe families in the Chiang Rai region and helped them organize, improve, and market their coffee.

Absinthe Visions: The Photography of Damian Hevia – Inspired by the World of Absinthe

Follow Damian Hevia, photographer extraordinaire, as he shares with you his incredible original photos of how he sees absinthe and with his gifted “through the lens” photographic style of approach. No photoshop here!

Cooking With Tequila

Mutineer Food Editor Erin Jimcosky has done it again, this time with tequila! Watermelon lime salad, tequila spiked prawn coctel, and more … all made with tequila. Perfect dishes you won’t want to miss and just in time for the start of summer.

The May/June issue also includes:
Civilization and Its Discontents: Counter Insurgency
The Plaid Avenger: Scotland
What People Drink: Geoff Tate, Frontman of Band Queensryche
What People Drink: Jeremy Cowen, Founder of Shmaltz Brewing Co.
Wine Steals: Sauvignon Blanc
Behind The Bottle: Stockholm Syndrome
Beer Styles: Trappist Beers
Classic Cocktails: The Singapore Sling
Left Coast Libations: Los Angeles
Sake Renegade, Pecorino Cheese, The Adventure of Lewis and Cork, and much, much, more…

Subscribe today for only $14.99 for a full year to make sure you don’t miss out.

Odell Brewing Announces the Return of Its Small Batch Festival


On May 28, 2011 Odell Brewing will host the Small Batch Revival. The event (formerly known as the Small Batch Beer Festival) returns after a two year hiatus during the brewery’s expansion. Odell Brewing Small Batch Festival

The inaugural event took place in 2007, when over 1000 beer enthusiasts ventured to the brewery to enjoy a variety of beers, live music, and local food. The following year, the event featured over 23 brews and drew nearly 3500 guests.

This year, the brewery will host the event in its newly finished West side parking and lawn areas, and will feature over 25 different beers. Those in attendance can enjoy live performances by Musketeer Gripweed and the Honey Gitters. Food from Nordy’s, Uncle’s Pizza, and Matador Grill will also be available for purchase.

“We are very excited to bring back the Small Batch event this year,” said Adam D’Antonio event organizer, “It’s just our way of saying ‘thanks’ to our amazing beer community.”

The Small Batch Revival will run from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28th. There is no entry fee, and beer tokens can be purchased for $4.

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King Estate Winery and Oregon Farms Need Your Support


After King Estate Winery was attacked by Goal One Coalition for the approval to operate their full-service restaurant and host special events, King Estate decided it was time to find a permanent solution to allow their restaurant and winery to co-exist. With this came the creation of House Bill 3280 and Senate Bill 829, sponsored by local representatives, Representative Paul Holvey and Senator Floyd Prozanski. Here is a letter from Mr. Ed King, founder of King Estate Winery that we would like to share with you about House Bill 3280 and Senate Bill 829. At the end, if you agree with Mr. King there is a link to a petition that you can sign to show your support.

Dear Friends,

My family’s winery has been involved in a lengthy and ongoing appeals process to maintain the special use permit that allows us to operate the restaurant on our property. With so much uncertainty, we have decided to seek a permanent solution for our winery and other landmark wineries through House Bill
3280 and Senate Bill 829, sponsored by our local representatives, Representative Paul Holvey and Senator Floyd Prozanski.

Our restaurant features organic produce grown right here on the property and also showcases the agricultural products of other local farms grown with great care right here in our community. We try our best to source as much of our meats and produce as close to our property as possible and we have developed wonderful relationships with many farms and ranches here in Lane County and around Oregon. For many of these small farms and ranches we are their largest customer and provide them with a venue to promote their products here in their own backyard.

First-class wine deserves to be paired with first-class food. I’ve always believed this and I’ve found it true the world over. Our winery is special, but its business model is similar to the other major wineries around the world. Internationally and throughout California and Washington, wineries are paired with high-end rural restaurants.

Oregon is in a global competition for wine tourism and we have a real opportunity to rise to the top. We compete for global tourists with Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Champagne, and Tuscany. We know that our wine, Oregon’s breathtaking countryside and our local foods offer an experience that few can match. We believe our winery and restaurant, are a platform and showcase for Oregon agriculture.

I am asking for your support for House Bill 3280 & Senate Bill 829 which will allow my winery and restaurant to co-exist. Please sign this petition and add your name to a list of supporters of HB 3280 and SB 829. We are not only fighting for the restaurant, but for the local farmers who supply our food and the jobs of our restaurant employees.

Thank you for your support.
Ed King

To show your support of King Estate Winery, House Bill 3280 and Senate Bill 829, and to local farmers in Lane County, Oregon, please sign this petition.

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Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Company to Release Collaboration Ale


Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Collaboration

25 April 2011 – Bend, Oregon– Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing Company today announced that they will release two versions of a new collaboration beer later this summer. The style, which is described by brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes as a White I.P.A., combines Boulevard’s expertise in making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes’ mastery in brewing hop-forward ales. The ale will be made at both breweries and released simultaneously throughout each of their distribution territories.

“To say we’re excited about working with Deschutes on this project would be an understatement,” said Pauwels. “We have a lot of respect for Larry and his team, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with them through the collaborative process.”

Pauwels and Sidor began exploring the idea of brewing together after crossing paths several times at craft beer events around the country. The brewers discovered they had much in common in their brewing philosophies, both pushing the envelope whenever possible, yet remaining dedicated to the time-honored traditions that keep them consistent and grounded.

“It will be interesting to see how similar the brews turn out despite being brewed more than 1,600 miles apart,” said Sidor. “That’s part of the fun of working together with a brewery like Boulevard. We both use the latest technologies but also stay true to traditional brewing ingredients and methods.”

Despite both beers being characterized as White I.P.A.s, there will be differences in packaging and in how they will ultimately taste. Brewed at their Bend, Oregon facility, Deschutes’ version will be the second beer in their new Conflux collaboration series and will be distributed throughout their 18-state region in kegs and 22-ounce bottles. Their first collaboration, brewed with Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, is still aging in wood barrels.

Boulevard’s version, christened Collaboration No. 2, will be distributed throughout their 20-state region as part of the Smokestack Series seasonal lineup in kegs and 750ml bottles. The brewery’s first collaboration, a partnership with distinguished Belgian brewer Jean-Marie Rock, was released in January of 2010.

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Jess Stonestreet Jackson February 18, 1930 – April 21, 2011


Jess Stonestreet Jackson

Jess Stonestreet Jackson, visionary winemaker noted for popularizing Chardonnay with his Kendall-Jackson Winery and one of the most successful independent winery owners in the world, died today at his home in Geyserville, California. He was 81.

The cause was complications from cancer said Caroline Shaw, Chief Communications Officer at Jackson’s company, Jackson Family Wines.

Known for his fearless, iconoclastic approach to business, Jackson became one of the world’s most successful self-made men by taking chances in businesses that were anything but a sure thing; first by selecting grapes from the best vineyards in California and turning them into a small bottling of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve that soon became the most popular Chardonnay in America, and later when he purchased two racehorses that are among the most lauded thoroughbreds in decades.

A one-time longshoreman and police officer who put himself through University of California Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, Jackson became one of the best-known figures in American viticulture, as Kendall-Jackson became the best-selling Chardonnay in America for over two decades. He went on to found Jackson Family Wines, a winery holding company that, in addition to Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, owns and operates more than 35 individual wineries located around the world.

Raised in San Francisco during the Great Depression, Jackson worked as a farmer, policeman, and later as a land-use attorney. The law firm he founded went on to argue several cases before the Supreme Court. He started the Kendall-Jackson wine business with the family’s 1974 purchase of an 80-acre pear and walnut orchard in Lakeport, California that he converted to a vineyard. In 1982, he produced his first bottle of wine under the Kendall-Jackson label. This decidedly unique Chardonnay was an instant hit with consumers. In 1983 the wine won the first double Platinum Award ever presented by the American Wine Competition.

Jackson’s vision and outspoken manner often ran counter to conventional industry practices. When he realized that the quality of the French oak barrels used to age his wine was inconsistent, he invested in his own mill in France to provide barrel staves, and became a partner in a cooperage located in Missouri. He created his own California distribution company to remain free of industry consolidation there. He was a leader in the sustainable farming movement within the wine industry, implementing dozens of environmentally-friendly farming innovations throughout the vineyards of Jackson Family Wines. As a philanthropist, he and his wife Barbara Banke quietly donated millions of dollars in support of local and national charitable organizations. Jackson was a founding member of Family Winemakers of California.

In 2009, Jackson was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. At that time he remarked, “Wine is entirely different from liquor and beer, and I’d like to see our industry free itself from the images that are used to sell those products. Wine is a part of our cultural heritage. It has always been the traditional partner with food. Wine celebrates friends, family, and love — all of the best things in life.

“When my family and I founded Kendall-Jackson in 1982, we simply wanted to create extraordinary wine from California’s best vineyards,” Jackson wrote in his biographical notes. “We grow grapes on our own 14,000 acres of California coastal vineyards. We take the no-compromise, high road approach to quality required to grow our world-class grapes and produce acclaimed award-winning wines.

“From day one we have been a family-owned and family-run business. It is a distinction that is rapidly becoming a rarity in our industry. Our family culture is built on the time-honored principles of hard work, integrity, and uncompromising desire for quality and the long-term stewardship of the land.”

Among the wines made in the Jackson Family collection are Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, Cambria, Stonestreet, Edmeades, La Crema, Cardinale, Lokoya, Hartford Family Winery, Vérité, Atalon, Carmel Road, Murphy-Goode, La Jota, Freemark Abbey, Bryon Estates, Arrowood in the United States; Chateau Lassegue in France; Tenuta di Arceno in Italy; Yangarra in Australia; and Calina in Chile. Jackson Family Wines is one of California’s few remaining family-owned winery groups, with family members working full-time in a variety of positions.

In recent years, Jackson’s passion for farming and horses led him into horse breeding and racing. In 2007, he became majority stakeholder in the racehorse Curlin who then won Horse of the Year for two consecutive years. The following year, Jackson’s filly, Rachel Alexandra was the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in 85 years. Rachel Alexandra also won 2009 Horse of the Year. An outspoken leader in the reform of racing, Jackson won the Sportsman of the Year 2008 Insider Award.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Banke; five children, Jennifer Hartford, Laura Giron, Katie Jackson, Julia Jackson and Christopher Jackson; and two grandchildren Hailey Hartford and MacLean Hartford.

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Viagra Beer!


Those guys in Scotland from BrewDog are at it again. They’ve already done a 32% abv beer, a 41% abv beer, and a 55% beer stuffed in the body of a taxidermied squirrel. What possibly more could they do. Whatever it is, they’ve done it. If it’s actually true or not, I can’t tell but they are definitely for sale on their website and I’m sure this will receive stiff opposition. They have created a beer to commemorate the royal wedding of Price William and Kate Middleton and is quite unlike the last ceremonial beer we shared with you that was being brewed in honor of them. How they can get away with lacing a beer with a prescription drug is a bit farfetched, but I’m not one to spoil the fun.Brewdog Royal Virality Performance

A limited-edition beer containing Viagra to mark the forthcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29th. Brewed using various well known aphrodisiacs, the limited edition artisanal beer will only be available to buy from the BrewDog.com website.

According to the specially commissioned label, the Royal Virility Performance contains Viagra, chocolate, Horny Goat Weed and ‘a healthy dose of sarcasm’. The beer is a 7.5% ABV India Pale Ale and has been brewed at BrewDog’s brewery in Fraserburgh.

With this beer we want to take the wheels off the royal wedding bandwagon being jumped on by dozens of breweries; The Royal Virility Performance is the perfect antidote to all the hype. A beer should be brewed with a purpose, not just because some toffs are getting married, so we created something at our brewery that will undermine those special edition beers and other assorted seaside tat, whilst at the same time actually give the happy couple something extra on their big day.

James Watt, Head of Stuff at BrewDog commented:

“We put a bottle in a jiffy bag marked ‘Prince Willy, Buckingham Palace’. We sent it by Royal Mail as we presume they are most likely to know where he lives. As the bottle says, this is about consummation, not commemoration, so we hope he gets it.”

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Woodford Reserve Bourbon Releases 2011 Kentucky Derby Bottle


Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby 2011

Louisville, KY – Woodford Reserve, the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby is honoring the country’s favorite horse race with the release of the 2011 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. The limited-edition bottle features the artwork of award-winning artist and Virginia native Brett Amory.

Amory showcases two horses racing in those final moments towards the finish line with the only splash of color on the bottle. One can feel the intensity of the race shown by the two horses digging into the ground while dirt is tossed up in the air. The two colored horses along with their jockeys are the main feature on the bottle, standing out against a silhouette of muted browns and grays of the historic spires and fans in the background. The bottle also features Amory’s signature prominently at the bottom of the label as well as a neck-tag bearing information about him.

“The build up to the Derby is unlike any other sporting event,” says Amory. “Louisville is absolutely transformed, and people from all over the world come to join the excitement. I wanted to capture on canvas that one key moment they all came to see.”

The limited edition liter-size bottle will be available in early April in 42 US states at a suggested retail price of $42.99.

“The horses–what the Derby is all about–grab you on the bottle,” says Laura Petry, Woodford Reserve brand manager. “So it is very fitting as a proud supporter of horseracing and the ‘official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby’ for the past 13 years, that Woodford Reserve is honored to be a part of the greatest two minutes in sports that takes our breath away every year.”

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Avery Brewing to Withdraw from Eight States and Seven Partial States. A Trend?


craft beer

Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2010 was 11% by volume and 12% by dollars compared to growth in 2009 of 7.2% by volume and 10.3% by dollars. – Brewers Association

Craft beer has been exploding in recent years, showing incredible growth from quarter to quarter and year to year. With this incredible and rapid growth that the breweries have been experiencing, many breweries have been maxing out their production capacity even after expanding their production facilities and adding additional fermenters with some breweries at a rate of ten 200 barrel tanks within an eight month period as seen with Oskar Blues.

It’s unfortunate, but with the fast growth that these breweries have been experiencing it’s necessary to keep up with demand. Great Divide, for instance, who is pulling out of 12 markets is one of a handful of breweries that saw a growth of 60% in 2010. Allagash who is pulling out of 20 markets saw a growth of 40% in 2010 and ended the year at 24,000 barrels. Dogfish Head and Left Hand Brewing have pulled from four and five markets respectively.

I find it bittersweet. Bitter in that people will not be able to try these incredible brews, but sweet in that our amazing craft beer scene is not only thriving, but growing at an astronomical rate and there are now more options of craft beer available for us to enjoy. According to Sam Calagione, Founder and President of Dogfish Head, pulling out of certain markets is part of their philosophy to “grow strong and smart instead of just growing fast” and I agree that it’s a smart move.


Boulder, CO – Avery Brewing Company plans to withdraw from eight states and seven other partial-state markets beginning in April. Faced with skyrocketing demand–first quarter 2011 production growth for their home state of Colorado is 81% and overall production growth is 75%–the brewery has been forced to make the tough decision or lose the ability to support all markets with a steady supply of fresh beer.

Beginning in April 2011 beer shipments will be ceased to Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Avery Brewing Company hopes to re-enter these eight states at some point in the future once production capacity can catch up with demand. The brewery is also leaving several partial state markets, including: Northern California (Bay Area and Sacramento), Eastern Arkansas, Upstate New York (outside of New York City), Central Florida (Orlando area) and Wisconsin.

Avery Brewing Company would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to those who have supported us–and our beers–in these markets over the past years. To our distributors and their hard working sales staff, to our retailers in on-premise and off-premise channels who have promoted our products with zeal and passion, and to our loyal customers and fans who have challenged their palates and enjoyed our beers over the years: thank you, thank you, thank you!! Our apologies for any frustrations this change brings your way. According to Avery Brewing President/Founder Adam Avery, “We all feel terrible about having to pull out of these markets. No matter how you cut it, it is disappointing that we’ll no longer be able to serve our loyal fans in these areas. ” Ted Whitney, National Sales Director at Avery Brewing Company, added “This is certainly unfortunate, but it was done with the best intentions. It’s about getting fresher beer and better experiences for our customers.”

Avery Brewing Company is one of several craft breweries to announce such cuts in 2011, but these disappointing changes are actually the sign of a very positive trend in the industry. Exponential sales growth for craft brewers can only mean one thing: the craft beer movement is on fire, attracting more followers and gaining mindshare with people of all demographics across the country. More fans means more market potential for all of the craft industry, and that’s a very good thing that will bring more great beer into the lives of Americans everywhere. Here’s to American craft beer in 2011 and beyond!!

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