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Kickstarter Spotlight: Workhorse Rye Whiskey


Workhorse Rye

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 Workhorse Rye out of San Francisco, CA.

Founded by Rob Easter and David Gordon in 2011, they are considered a gypsy distillery, meaning they don’t own their own distillery. Instead, they create the recipe and produce the product themselves, but on the equipment of other facilities that have the time and space to allow them to do so. The result? Workhorse Rye and its two expressions–Darkhorse and Palehorse, both with malted rye comprising 70% of their mash bills.

Darkhorse is aged in used French Oak red wine barrels from a number of wineries inside the city of San Francisco and in Napa. Each release of Darkhorse will have a hand-written notation of which winery the barrels came from. This type of batch-to-batch distinction lends a sort of fleeting nature to each release, and we think that makes each barrel rather special.

Palehorse is aged in used whiskey barrels (like Scotch and Tequila are aged) which in the end makes a Frankenstein whiskey of sorts. A Frankenstein whiskey in that the recipe is very American (rye) but the aging style lands somewhere in between Scotch and Japanese whisky (used American oak barrels).

Coffee Rye Bitters? Yeah, they’re making those too.

With 31 days left to go, they are nearly at the half way mark for funds needing to be raised. Want to help them out? Check out their Kickstarter project here.

The Spirit of Italy West Coast Tour 2013


The Spirit of Italy

The Spirit of Italy, a group of eight iconic Italian distilleries with the common goal of promoting Italy’s premium spirits, will begin a short West Coast tour on December 4. With stops in San Francisco and Las Vegas, The Spirit of Italy will host bartenders for an in-depth class on the spirits and liqueurs held in the portfolio and will be led by world renowned Mixologist Francesco Lafranconi and alongside the owners of the brands themselves.

The Spirit of Italy SF Event: Quick Details
WHAT: West Coast Tour 2013, The Spirit of Italy
WHEN: December 4, 2013 // 12 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: RN74 – 301 Mission St, San Francisco

The Spirit of Italy Las Vegas Event: Quick Details
WHAT: West Coast Tour 2013, The Spirit of Italy
WHEN: December 6, 2013 // 12 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada – 8400 South Jones Blvd, Las Vegas

This event is full.

The Spirit of Italy is also participating at La Cucina italiana Food & Wine Festival at the Venetian Hotel. During the four day festival, The Spirit of Italy will be found at: See the full post »

2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Seattle and SF Semi-Finalist Recipes


2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Below are the cocktail recipes of San Francisco’s and Seattle’s semi-finalists for the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup. See the full post »

2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Semi-Finalists Announced


2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Below are the Semi-Finalists of the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup. Over the next two and a half weeks our local market judges will travel to each Semi-Finalist’s bar to try their original Luxardo creation. They will ultimately decide on one cocktail to represent each market in San Francisco at the finals this October. It was painfully difficult reducing the many entries we received to what you see below and it will be even more difficult narrowing these down to just seven cocktails.

In the coming days we will post all of their recipes.

On behalf of Luxardo, Anchor Distilling, and Mutineer Magazine, thank you to all that entered and congrats to those mentioned below.

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Now Accepting Submissions for the Luxardo Cocktail Cup


2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup

Mutineer Magazine is proud to announce the Luxardo Cocktail Cup, presented by Mutineer Magazine. Bartenders from Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle will battle it out on their home turf and only one bartender from each city will be selected to fly to San Francisco to represent their city and compete against the other finalists at the Penthouse Bar at Anchor Distilling Company headquarters. Chicago’s Clint Rogers is the reigning Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion. What’s at stake?

Anchor Distilling Company and Mutineer Magazine are proud to present the champion of the Luxardo Cocktail Cup with the following:

  • Luxardo Cocktail Cup Trophy
  • Trip to Italy: The winning bartender will travel to Italy to visit Luxardo.
  • Exposure in Mutineer Magazine: The winning bartender and their recipe will be featured in Mutineer Magazine, as well as on the MutineerMagazine.com “Competition Page”
  • Exposure on Small Screen Network: The winning bartender will be featured preparing their Luxardo cocktail on video to appear on SmallScreenNetwork.com and MutineerMagazine.com.

Mutineer Magazine has teamed up with a local judge in each city. Each local judge will select three local semi-finalists in their market from the submitted recipes, using the judging criteria to make their decision. They will then narrow this list to one finalist, who will compete in San Francisco for the finals.

The judges in each market are:

  • Austin: Russell Davis, Bar/Spirits/Mixology Consultant
  • Boston: Frederic Yarm, Russell House Tavern
  • Chicago: Brad Bolt, Bar Deville
  • Los Angeles: Jason Bran, The Roger Room
  • New York: Eryn Reece, Death + Co.
  • San Francisco: Brian Kropf, Editor-in-Chief of Mutineer Magazine
  • Seattle: Brian Kropf, Editor-in-Chief of Mutineer Magazine

The judges for the finals are:

  • Matteo Luxardo, 6th Generation Luxardo
  • Francesco Lafranconi, Executive Director of Mixology and Spirits Educator for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada
  • David King, President of Anchor Distilling Company
  • Brian Kropf, Editor-in-Chief of Mutineer Magazine
  • Clint Rogers, 2012 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Champion

Submissions are now being accepted and will be open until 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on August 20, 2013. To enter and to view the complete rules, visit the Luxardo Cocktail Cup page.

Wine Riot Touches Down in SF June 7-8


Wine Riot

Second Glass’s Wine Riot, the US tour of wine events dubbed as two parts education and one part revolution, is is happening in San Francisco tonight! Wine Riot will take over the Concourse Exhibition Center in SF with 250 wines from around the world. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. Wine Riot is an incredible event and is a testament to the vision of the founders “to create a fun, non-intimidating place where people could learn about wine.”

New to this Wine Riot is a Bubbly Bar and Wine 101 table.

    Wine Riot San Francisco

  • Opening Night: Friday, June 7, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Riot One: Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Riot Two: Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

To purchase tickets to Wine Riot San Francisco, click here.

Where else will you see Wine Riot?

  • Wine Riot NYC September 20-21
  • Wine Riot Washington D.C. TBD
  • Wine Riot Boston October 25-26
  • Wine Riot LA November 9

The Mission of Second Glass
We want you to drink more wine. Sure, wine can seem complicated, but in the end it all comes down to whether you like it or not. It’s that simple. Our goal is to give you the tools to find cool wine tastings, talk to experts, explore wine regions and constantly discover new favorites. You don’t have to use dorky wine-speak or spend a lot of time learning about wine to have fun with it. And we’re here to help.

SF Beer Week Kicks Off Tonight


SF Beer Week

Tonight kicks off the beginning of the 2013 SF Beer Week with a few thousand of your closest craft beer loving friends and 78 of your favorite breweries at the SF Beer Week Opening Celebration. San Francisco craft beer, along with four special guest breweries, food, music, and more, collide in a celebration of all things San Francisco craft beer. From there, the celebration will be unleashed upon The City by the Bay with hundreds of craft beer-fueled events happening at every corner of the greater Bay Area.

For more information on tonight’s events, and events happening throughout SF Beer Week, visit the SF Beer Week website.

SF Beer Week Returns February 8 – 17


SF Beer Week

The annual celebration of all things San Francisco craft beer–SF Beer Week–is right around the corner, and Mutineer Magazine is proud to be a media sponsor of this year’s festivities. With events happening all over the Bay Area, craft beer lovers will be able to find something they love that is near them. After the SF Beer Week Opening Celebration at the Concourse Exhibition Center on February 8, it’s a week straight of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers, pint nights, beer releases, competitions, festivals, parties, and more. Come on out, meet your favorite craft brewers, and raise a pint to SF beer culture.

If you’re like me and terrible at navigating San Francisco’s complex public transit system, here are some tips on navigating SF Beer Week without driving.

For more information on this year’s events and to find events near you, visit the SF Beer Week website.

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