A true story of "local boy done good," Alan Kropf is making waves in the realm of beverages. Kropf is the founder of Mutineer Magazine, and has been nationally recognized by Forbes, Zagat and Wine & Spirits Magazine as one to watch under the age of 30 in the world of wine, spirits and coffee. A graduate of Rogers High School and Pierce College, he is being recognized this week as one of Pierce College's 2013 Distinguished Alumni.
Kropf created Mutineer Magazine, a publication geared toward making fine beverages approachable to adults in their 20s and 30s, after working as sommelier of the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel. "After gaining experience on the service side of beverage, Mutineer Magazine was my way of combining my passion for art with my passion for beverages," he said.
Kropf credits his success to naive optimism and his experience at Pierce College as a part of the student leadership program. "The experience helped me understand team dynamics, organizational leadership and bringing a vision and mission to life. Something as ambitious as Mutineer requires the ability to look beyond the constraints of reasonable reality, or in my case, ignore it altogether."
When asked about what he thinks of the explosion of distilleries, breweries and craft coffee roasters in the South Puget Sound, Kropf, who now lives in Napa Valley, Calif., believes the area can definitely hang with the rest of the country. "I highly suggest supporting your local beverage producers with great enthusiasm. Washington has long been a touchstone for beverage in the United States, particularly in regards to beer, and I get giggly inside trying to comprehend the amazingness of the beverage renaissance taking place."
What's a 20 or 30-something to do when choosing a wine or spirit, according to Kropf? "Drink local and watch your beverage karma soar. Beyond that, I suggest seeking as much diversity in your drinking as possible. Try everything once, and before you know it you'll have an enviable palate that will earn you the honors of selecting the next bottle from the wine list with dinner."