In a ceremony at San Francisco’s Ferry Building hosted by Alice Waters, famed chef of Chez Panisse and pioneer of the American slow food movement, North Coast Brewing Co. was recognized as a Good Food Awards Winner. The Good Food Awards honor companies producing tasty, authentic foods in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
“We couldn’t be more pleased,” said Mark Ruedrich, President and Brewmaster of the Fort Bragg, California-based brewery. “The craft brewing movement has been one of the most vital elements on the American food scene for the past several years. Exceptional beers from small producers are leading the way in expanding the country’s tastes and creating a place for themselves at the dining table.”
North Coast Brewing PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale, the Good Food Awards winner, is brewed with unique Belgian yeast strains that result in a fruity, floral character particularly well-suited to complement a wide variety of foods. While PranQster has been honored with awards from national and international beer tasting competitions, and North Coast has been named as “One of the 10 Best Breweries in the World” by Chicago’s Beverage Testing Institute, this Good Food Award marks the first time the brewery has been recognized by the larger, all-encompassing food community.
“The North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock Cellar Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged edition is a winner! It pours as a full-bodied tawny ale, with a lightly rocky, but more creamy of a tan head. Your initial notes are of cider, but not a spiced cider more of that ripe apple scent you get standing under an apple tree in late October. Your first sip engulfs your pallet in a warm toffee apple with very slight hints of the ale’s fresh form (that Toffee/Vanilla/Coffee vibe) but this early in the aging process you can already see how the ale has matured. The toasty marshmallow has rounded off into the toffee and the initial booziness has turned into that of ripe harvest fruits. It ends with a pleasant if noticeable warmth reminiscent of a bourbon spiked coffee on a foggy Mendocino morning.
“This is a masterpiece of brewing perfection. I have always been a huge fan of Old Stock Ale (personally having been collecting the regular releases of it since 2003). While it tastes beautiful right now I will suggest hanging on to it for another 5 years. I intend to hold on to mine 2 years till I open another one (perhaps with the 2011 special edition?) Open another again in 5 years and then 10. Patience is a virtue and definitely not for the weak so if you plan to age this baby remember out of sight, out of mind. This is a gem, an investment, a beer for when your children graduate.
“This beer is truly the milk bath Cleopatra bathed in regularly—pure, decadent, luxury.
“What would I pair this with? A cold winter evening with rain tapping on the roof and a good book (perhaps a cigar? but nothing too heavy). This is definitely a beer that can be considered a philosophy beer. Sit. Sip. Contemplate.” Read the whole review on FugglyBrew.com
“Trading 4s is a jazz term used to describe when two soloists play alternating four-bar phrases, as though they were having a lively conversation with chords.
“In North Coast Brewing’s tribute beer to Jazz legend Thelonious Monk the brewery trades 4s not with musical instruments but with yeast and malt. The result is a playful duet in the chord of B (B standing of course for Belgium).” Read the whole review on the BeerSweden website.
North Coast Brewing Co. has just released a special batch of its award-winning Old Stock Ale. The vintage 2009 brew has been aged for 18 months in oak Bourbon barrels and has been called by Brewmaster, Mark Ruedrich, “One of the most exciting beers we’ve produced since we began our barrel aging program back in 1998.” Old Stock Cellar Reserve is bottled in a distinctively decorated 500 ml bottle with a cork and wire finish and has gone to a limited number of distributors in select markets.
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Anchorage Press Review: “I was totally unprepared for the onslaught of rich complexity, intense flavor and stellar balance coming out of my brandy snifter of this incredible stuff.”
BeerGeekNation Review (including video!): “The aging process gives this world-class beer an added layer of complexity.”
North Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout was named by RateBeer as one of America’s Best Beers for 2011 and given a Gold Award. The brew received an overall score of 100 and a style rating of 97 and was called a “perfect balance” with “coffee, chocolate and dark fruit” flavors.
“One of the all-time classics.”
SFWeekly‘s Blind Tasting for Best Barleywine:
North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock Ale (Fort Bragg, Calif.): 9 points. Honey- and rose-colored and with minimal head, this was the panel’s uncontested favorite. Nothing about the beer screamed “barleywine,” but the marked aromas of applejack, cherry, oak, bourbon, and bread, along with hot flavors of boozy fruit, caramel, and very faint smoke, earned it the warmest reception.