Monthly Archives: January 2013

Super Bowl Sunday at North Coast Brewing

North Coast Brewing TaproomThey did it! The San Francisco 49ers made it to the Super Bowl! The next best thing to having tickets to the game at the Superdome in New Orleans is to watch the action on the big screen at North Coast Brewing’s Taproom & Grill in Fort Bragg, California.

Doors open at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 3rd. Catch the 3:30 kickoff, drink North Coast’s great beers and enjoy the special Super Bowl appetizers prepared exclusively for this game, including

•    Kaepernick’s Buffalo Wings
•    Vernon Davis’ Sausage Bites
•    Sourdough Sam’s Garlic Waffle Fries
•    Frank Gore’s Fried Mushrooms
•    David Akers’ Killer Nachos
•    Randy Moss’ Shrimp Ceviche
•    A.J. Jenkins’ Fried Ravioli
•    Demarcus Dobbs’ Chicken Chimis
•    Mario Manningham’s Clam Chowder
•    Crabtree’s Pepperoni Pizza

You can follow up on those appetizers with complete dinners and specials of the evening beginning at 5:00 pm.

If you are one of those fortunate football fans who live on California’s Mendocino Coast, join us at North Coast Brewing’s Taproom & Grill at 3 pm this Sunday, February 3 and watch the San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in the 47th Super Bowl game. You can find us at the corner of Main and Pine Streets in Fort Bragg.

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Reviewers on Old Rasputin

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout“It’s just a flavor explosion…
big…bold…amazingly delicious.”
Brew Chief

“91 Points. Exceptional.”
Beverage Testing Institute, Chicago

Rate Beer score: A perfect 100

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

“Very big, very bold, and downright kick-ass.”
The Brew Guide

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Reviewers on Le Merle

“More than a serious beer, it is outstanding….
North Coast Brewing Le MerleDizzying, appetizing, refreshing.”
–The Beer Hunter, Michael Jackson

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

“A heavenly American Saison—Highly Recommended”
Celebrator Beer News

“Best Cult Brew”
SF Weekly

RateBeer Score: 96

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Food Pairing: Le Merle and Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula and Fresh Goat Cheese

Mushroom season still reigns on the northern coast of California. We offer some suggestions on food pairings that we like, based on a sold-out dinner this past November. North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food. Just don’t blame us if you keep coming back for more!

Appetizer: North Coast Brewing Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale and Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula and Fresh Goat Cheese

Let’s make this simple. You can use your favorite mushroom pizza recipe with the addition of fresh arugula, which has a peppery, mustard-like flavor, and a reputable 100% goat cheese. At the November dinner party we used fresh goat cheese from Navarro Vineyards, but we think Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale pairs especially well with Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog.

North Coast Brewing Le Merle cheese pairingLooking for a good recipe? Here are a couple of suggestions:

Pizza With Mushrooms, Goat Cheese, Arugula and Walnuts (New York Times)

Arugula Mushroom Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Pizza

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Food Pairing: Red Seal Ale and Grilled Mushroom Polenta, with Wild Mushroom Hash and a Fried Quail Egg

North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food.

Light Course: North Coast Brewing Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale and Grilled Mushroom Polenta, with Wild Mushroom Hash and a Fried Quail Egg

Grilled Mushroom Polenta
North Coast Brewing Red Seal AleIngredients:
1 cup polenta
½ oz. dried porcini mushrooms
1 lb. crimini mushrooms
¼ cup olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
½ teaspoon minced fresh oregano
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
Kosher salt and white pepper
½ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup grated Asiago cheese

Rinse the dried porcini mushrooms. Place in a small bowl and cover with warm water. Let stand 1 hour. Drain and reserve.

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and sauté the onions until lightly colored; add fresh mushrooms, garlic and rehydrated porcini and sauté until these additions are very lightly colored. Add the basil, oregano, and stock, and bring to a boil.

Slowly add the polenta, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent lumps. Reduce heat to simmer very slowly for 30 minutes, stirring regularly. The polenta will be thick and creamy. Add more stock if necessary. Add the cream and cheese, stirring vigorously. Spread polenta out on a buttered baking sheet and chill until ready to grill. Cut into rectangular portions and grill.

Wild Mushroom Hash
Ingredients
:
4 red potatoes
1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. fresh chanterelle mushrooms diced
½ lb. crimini mushrooms diced
½ bunch fresh basil torn
1 tablespoon butter
1 quail egg (or fresh, organic chicken egg)

Dice potatoes and onions; sauté in a pan with olive oil until lightly browned. Add the chanterelles, crimini mushrooms and butter, and sauté until tender. Turn off the heat, add the torn basil, and toss. Serve over the Grilled Mushroom Polenta and top with a fried quail egg.

Serve with a glass of Red Seal Ale.

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Food Pairing: Brother Thelonious with Beef Tenderloin and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce

North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food.

Main Course: North Coast Brewing Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale and Beef Tenderloin with Sauteed Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce

Brother Thelonious Bottles and PourOld Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce (make in advance)
Huckleberries grow wild in great abundance on the Mendocino Coast. Locals often harvest them in late summer or early fall, freeze them in pint containers, and enjoy them year round. You can use fresh or dehydrated blueberries or wild Maine blueberries as a substitute.

Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh huckleberries
40 oz. Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout
10 oz. beef stock
10 whole black peppercorns
5 fresh sage leaves

Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 2 hours. Strain and return sauce to pan on low heat. Continue to reduce until sauce is desired thickness, about another two hours.

Sautéed Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms
Ingredients:
1 lb. Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms (also known as maitake mushrooms)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

Heat oil and butter in a pan; add mushrooms and sauté until tender.

Beef Tenderloin
Use your favorite beef tenderloin recipe (here’s an easy one). Slice and top with sautéed mushrooms and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce.

Serve with a glass of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

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Food Pairing: Old Stock Ale with Candy Cap Mushroom Bread Pudding

North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food.

Dessert: North Coast Brewing Old Stock Ale and Candy Cap Mushroom Bread Pudding with Old Stock Reduction Sauce

North Coast Brewing Old Stock pourOld Stock Reduction Sauce (make in advance)
Ingredients:
40 oz. Old Stock Ale
1½ cups granulated sugar
4 whole cloves
2 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole black peppercorns

Put all ingredients in a heavy bottom sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Strain sauce to remove spices, put back in pan, keep heat low and reduce to syrup. This takes about 3 hours and will last up to a month in the refrigerator.

Candy Cap Mushroom Pudding
Candy cap mushrooms are the dessert mushroom. They are sweet and smell like maple syrup. You can purchase dried candy caps online. This recipe serves 4.

Ingredients:
1 loaf brioche (found at quality bakeries) – here’s a link to a recipe if you want to bake your own
6 oz. white sugar
½ cup dried candy cap mushrooms
8 oz. heavy cream
2 oz. dark brown sugar
9 oz. + 2 oz. milk
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
¼ cup turbinado sugar

Cut brioche into cubes and place in a buttered casserole dish or a 13” x 9” enamel or glass pan. Grind white sugar and dried mushrooms together in a food processor and set aside.

Candy Cap Bread Pudding with Old Stock Ale ReductionIn a heavy saucepan, combine cream, the mixture of white sugar and mushrooms, the dark brown sugar, and 9 oz. of milk and bring to a boil. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and remaining 2 oz. of milk. Slowly pour the cream mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly. Strain the egg/cream mixture through a fine mesh screen over the brioche. Let the bread absorb the mixture. Sprinkle the top with the turbinado sugar and bake in a 300° oven for 1 hour 10 minutes.

Serve on dessert plates swirled with Old Stock Ale reduction sauce and a glass of Old Stock Ale.

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NCBC Sponsors SFJAZZ Opening Night Concert

SFJAZZ’s Grand Opening Night on Wednesday, January 23rd was sold out, but there will be many more concerts this season. Check out the concert line up at http://www.sfjazz.org/events/season1/opening-night.

The opening night performance was the first to take place in the new SFJAZZ Center’s Robert N. Miner Auditorium, the first concert hall of its type in the U.S. built specifically for the performance of jazz music and audiences. Click here to read a great article about the opening night in the New York Times.

North Coast Brewing, a strong supporter of the arts, and jazz music in particular, is an Official Sponsor of the SFJAZZ. Local Public Radio station KZYX & Z broadcast the opening night concert on January 23.

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Old Stock Ale 2013 Release

North Coast Brewing Old Stock Ale 2013We’re excited to announce the much anticipated release of our 2013 vintage Old Stock Ale. Since it sprang onto the beer scene in 2000 with the award of a Platinum medal at the World Beer Championships, Old Stock has won two Great American Beer Fest medals as well as additional WBC medals.

Brewed in the classic English old ale tradition, the Old Stock recipe includes Maris-Otter malts, Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops and delivers a very friendly 11.9% ABV. The brew’s loyal fan base has learned that the beer cellars beautifully and can be laid down, literally for years, with the rich, winey flavors becoming softer and even more seductive with age.

“I think this is one of the finest beers we produce,” says Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich. “It has an elegance that transcends the usual expectations of beer. We’re quite proud of it.”

Use our Find Our Beers link to locate Old Stock Ale 2013 in
your neighborhood.

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The Jazz Kitchen to Host Dinner Featuring North Coast Brewing Company Craft Beers

The Jazz Kitchen, located at 5377 N College Ave, Indianapolis IN, will host a dinner on Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm featuring the brews of North Coast Brewing paired with unique food offerings prepared by Chef/Owner David Allee. Tickets are $35, including tax and gratuity and can be purchased online at thejazzkitchen.com or by phone at 317 253-4900.

Four course North Coast Brewing Dinner Menu:
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner paired with Shrimp Etoufee
Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale paired with Red Seal marinated Flat Iron Steak
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale paired with Roasted Root Vegetable Stack Andouille Mashed Potato
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Float + Chocolate Truffles

North Coast Brewing’s John Bisson will lead the educational part of the event to help prepare guests for the Brewers Guild of Indiana Winterfest 2013 beer tasting festival on Saturday, January 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.

THE JAZZ KITCHEN
The Jazz Kitchen is a prominent jazz club and restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana. The club showcases local, regional and national jazz acts. Opening in 1994, The Jazz Kitchen was voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world in 2009 by Down Beat magazine. In 2009, a year of significant changes for the jazz club, a “smoke-free” policy was adopted and the corporate partnership of The Jazz Kitchen, Owl Studios and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation took over production of the Indy Jazz Fest, an annual festival held in September.  Facebook.com/indyjazzkitchen or @thejazzkitchen

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