Monthly Archives: March 2011

Old Stock Cellar Reserve: YouTube Review

Review of the 2009 Old Stock Cellar Reserve by Chris Steltz of BeerGeekNation:

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Wall Street Journal Picks Old No. 38 Stout as Their Top Alternative to Guinness

North Coast Brewing Old No. 38 Stout“The dark stuff from Ireland is a fine beer—smooth, satisfying and surprisingly low-carb. But when it comes to pure flavor, Guinness cedes its foamy crown to American-brewed Irish-style stouts…As demonstrated in our picks here, the results are uncommonly good…

North Coast is probably more famous for their intense Russian stout, Old Rasputin, but save that one for dessert. For day-long drinking, go with Old No. 38, a smooth, rounded beer with a bit more chocolate and fruit sweetness than a typical Irish dry stout. Soft edges and a mellow, woody finish make it wonderfully complex. 5.5% ABV”

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One for the Cellar: Anchorage Press reviews Old Stock Reserve

Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve 2009“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. Why am I telling you this now? After a number of delays, a scant fourteen cases of this heady stuff has been bestowed upon Anchorage, and if you want to go on a beery scavenger hunt, you might be lucky enough to score one or two bottles for yourself. I’ve already got my share so I’ll watch the fray from the sidelines. The word’s on the street and this is some truly sought after stuff both for immediate consumption and vintage collecting.

If you’re lucky enough to score some you’ll find that the beer decants a slightly opaque brown in the glass. Minimal head forms and quickly races to the edge of the glass to leave just a tan ring around the sides. I’d suggest using brandy snifters or even wine glasses to showcase this beer. The shape of the glass helps concentrate and feature the aroma of the beer. And this is a beer that should definitely be shared in small doses with your closest of friends….The aroma is about as perfect as it gets for this big style of beer.”

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Fort Bragg's Popular Whale Run

Fort Bragg Whale Run and WalkDon’t miss out on one of the Coast’s most fun events! The 27th Annual Whale Run/Walk Race sponsored by Soroptimist International of Fort Bragg will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011, and there’s something for everybody: 5K and 10K competitive runs, a 5K competitive walk, a 5K fun walk. Even kids 4 and up can get in on the action with short distance races especially arranged for them. The race route is spectacular—paralleling one of the most dramatic beaches in the country just north of our Taproom and Grill. So if you’re planning on visiting the brewery during Whale Festival weekend, bring your running shoes!

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