Monthly Archives: December 2012

More Compliments on Old Rasputin

We sent out an email the other day to let people know Old Rasputin had received a gold medal at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. We were delighted to receive this email back:

“Best in the world…in my eyes.”
– Bill Owens, President, American Distilling Institute

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Old Rasputin Wins Gold at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival

North Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout won Gold at the 2012 Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. The international event, in its 21st year, took place over two weekends in September and October, and saw a record number of more than 1,500 beer entries, from which Rasputin stood out, placing at the top of the Porter/Stout 6% och över category.
Rasputin Bottle with Stockholm Beer Fest Logo
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. This ground-breaking beer seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish. We’re gratified that the judges in Stockholm agree.

Visit our Rasputin Distributor in Sweden: Great Brands AB

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Neon Signs Now Available!

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Neon SignJust in time for holiday celebrations, we have added nine neon signs to our store! Pick them up at our store in Fort Bragg, or find them in our online store here.

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North Coast Brewing on the News in New Hampshire

Some friends in New Hampshire sent us a clip from a radio show where they mentioned our Red Seal Ale and Brother Thelonious. Enjoy!

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We're Proud to Announce the Release of Baritone Monk: The Claire Daly Quartet, A CD Benefitting Jazz Education

Baritone Monk CD Front

We’re proud to announce the release of our new CD, Baritone Monk: The Claire Daly Quartet performing the music of Thelonious Monk, featuring Claire Daly on baritone saxophone, flute, and vocals; Steve Hudson on piano; Peter Grant on drums; and Mary Ann McSweeney on bass. 100% of sales proceeds from the CD are donated to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to further international Jazz education programs.

Click here to listen to music clips from the CD
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“Claire Daly’s marvelous tribute to Monk’s music reminds us of that special affinity, of Monk’s penchant for the lower frequencies and the big, full sound he expected from his ensemble. Monk’s music is notoriously difficult, though you wouldn’t know it from this recording. Daly’s superb quartet combines a mastery of Monk’s less-recorded repertoire with the casual joy of a jam session. Pianist Steve Hudson avoids Monkish clichés, displaying his own unique style to great effect. Bassist Mary Ann McSweeney plays with a profound sense of melody, swing, and harmonic imagination, and unlike so many young bass players she is not afraid to explore the instrument’s lower register. Peter Grant, a long-time Daly collaborator, gives the band its driving pulse but with a subtlety that allows all voices to be heard. Finally, there is Claire Daly, whose breadth of styles, enormous tone, and distinctive phrasing place her among the very best of contemporary baritone players.”
—from the liner notes by Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009)

Your support of this CD supports Jazz education. Click here for a printable version of this flyer.

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Audio Interview with Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich on Beer Obsessed

Thanks to BeerObsessed for posting his great interview with Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich! Here’s an excerpt from his blog post.

Thanks to Mark Ruedrich and North Coast Brewing Co. for taking the time to do the interview and for his hospitality in general.

We talk about why he came to Fort Bragg (mainly due to his love of Steinbeck and tidepools).  We talk distribution: how far and wide North Coast beers are (45 states and 7 countries). Also plenty of great info on his beers, how he formulated Old Rasputin, other beers, etc.  The last third of the interview is a tour on the production floor including: the brew system, fermentation tanks, bottling, and his cold storage area. Mark talks about future expansion and also a bit about his barrel program (yes, more good things to come in barrels).

Navigate over to BeerObsessed to hear the interview.

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Old Rasputin is Beer of the Month in LA Times

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin pourOld Rasputin is featured as the Beer of the Month in the LA Times! Here’s what they said about it:

Old Rasputin is a Russian imperial stout, meaning that it’s very dark (it pours nearly black with a very high tan head) and alcoholic (9% by volume), but you taste very little sweetness. That’s because of a bitterness level toward the top of the IPA range, though it doesn’t register in the palate as bitter, rather as a dryness cleaning up after all the malt.

Don’t think of it as you would a sweet stout; its overwhelming taste impression resembles dark coffee. Like coffee, Old Rasputin could be comfortable with most traditional American foods, even steak and eggs with hash browns.

Style: A broad-shouldered, super-dark brew ready for anything.

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Le Merle Wins Gold at Brussels Beer Challenge

North Coast Brewing Gold Medal for Le Merle at Brussels Beer ChallengeIs the best saison in the world made in Fort Bragg, California?

A panel of international judges at the Brussels Beer Challenge awarded the Gold Medal for Belgian Style Saison to an American beer—Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.

Le Merle bested all the competitive beers, including those brewed in Belgium, for the honor. “We see this as a landmark endorsement for the American Craft Brewing industry,” said Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich. “Our Belgian brothers have had a 600 year head start on us. Looks like we’ve made up for that.”

Luc De Raedemaeker, co-founder and tasting director of the Brussels Beer Challenge wrote to us, “Congratulations, your beer is really amazing and you deserve your gold medal in a truly classic Belgian style.”

Also honored at the Brussels Beer Challenge: North Coast Brewing’s Grand Cru: Bronze, Brut des Flanders

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