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Cow Bop Performs on Wednesday March 12 in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom

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What happens when you mix western swing, blues, honky tonk, bebop and flat out jazz with sultry vocals, thrilling riffs, sassy delivery and gutsy irreverence? Well, pardner…you get Cow Bop, the genre bending cowboy jazz band that’s coming to North Coast Brewing Company’s Sequoia Room on Wednesday, March 12 for two rollickin’ and swingin’ performances.

Led by internationally acclaimed guitarist Bruce Forman, the five piece band features the smoky, barroom vocals of Pinto Pammy, multi-instrumentalist, David Wise on sax and trumpet, and a rhythm section of Alex Frank on bass and Jake Reed on drums that is “as swingin’ and rockin’ as a rodeo bronc but as sure-footed as a prized pack mule.”

Bruce Forman has been an important part of the international jazz scene for more than three decades. Featured as a leader and a sideman at festivals and concert venues throughout the world, his numerous recording and performing credits include the likes of Bobby Hutcherson, Ray Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Richie Cole and countless others. His guitar work is featured throughout Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award winning film, Million Dollar Baby. He is a faculty member at USC’s Thorton School of Music and a long standing member of the Monterey Jazz Festival educational programs.

The Cow Bop evening on March 12 will include two dinner performances in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom. Pre-paid reservations are required and can be made at 707 964-1286 between 10 am and 5 pm seven days a week. The first dinner seating is at 5:30 with the music beginning at 6:30 pm. The second dinner seating is at 8:00 with the performance at 9 pm. A special Jazz Club Prix-Fixe Dinner with dinner salad and a choice of entrees** will be offered to guests; dessert, beverage and tip are not included.

Cow Bop’s performance promises to bring joy, frolic and excitement to the waning days of winter. The band’s accolades reflect its impact: “It’s hot, jazzy and has a drawl!” said the SF Chronicle. “They put some scoobie-doo in their wahoo!” said Wylie Gustafson of Wylie & The Wild West.

Get in on the fun. North Coast’s Brewery Taproom is located at 444 N Main, on the corner of Main and Pine Streets in Fort Bragg. “Cow Bop’s stagecoach is a leavin’! Be under it!” Gabby Hayes. Pre-paid reservations at 707 964-1286 between 10 am and 5 pm seven days a week – ages 21 and up only

  • ** Jazz Club Prix-Fixe Dinner Entrees
    North Coast Classic Fish & Chips
    Carolina BBQ – Country Style Pit Cooked Pulled Pork
    BBQ Chicken Breast with Jambalaya & coleslaw- Cajun Style
    Lasagna Florentine – Vegetarian
    Seafood Gumbo – New Orleans Style
    Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Redeye Gravy

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Craft Beer Replaces Wine as Young Women’s Drink of Choice

 

Detroit Free Press
By Kathy Flanigan
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Photo of Melissa Modlinski of Paramount Merchants and a Rep for North Coast Brewing in Chicago.

Meagan O’Brien sipped her beer and bit her tongue as the man next to her tried to describe to his date some of the 60 craft beers at a Milwaukee bar. Turns out, he didn’t know his ales from his hefeweizens. “She kept asking questions, and this guy just kept making up stuff,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien, 31, could have set him straight easily. A sales representative for Tallgrass, a craft beer brewed in Kansas, she’s also a certified cicerone – kind of a sudsy version of a sommelier.

Although O’Brien didn’t correct the man at the bar, she had the satisfaction of knowing that the men-know-beer/women-prefer-wine cliche could be on its way out, thanks to a growing wave of interest in craft beer among women.

Groups for beer-drinking women are springing up nationwide, including an international club called Barley’s Angels. Craft beer sales in general have doubled in the past six years and are set to triple by 2017, according to BeerPulse.com. Many of those customers are women between 25 and 34 who appreciate the nuanced flavors of small-batch beers. According to a 2012 Gallup poll, beer has been the favorite beverage among drinkers since 1985. It typically held second place as the adult beverage of choice for females, but recently, beer has edged out wine among women ages 18 to 34. “I like craft beer a lot, and this seemed like a good opportunity to meet with other people who like beer,” said Sarah Booth, 29, during a Barley’s Angels class about pairing beers with food. “It’s just what I like to drink. It feels more personal drinking something that’s brewed in a small batch.”

Julia Herz, the craft beer program director for the Craft Brewers Association in Colorado, has her own theories about why women are moving toward craft beer, defined as the product of a brewery with annual output of 6 million barrels of beer or fewer. Women in their 20s and 30s are in “the sweet spot” for craft beer consumption, Herz said. “They’re the same quality-minded people who are buying artisanal cheeses and fair trade coffees and who don’t mind waiting for a bartender to shake a craft cocktail. Craft beer is an affordable way to buy artisanal. The cost of a bottle of beer, usually less than a bottle wine, affords aficionados a chance to sample several craft beer flavors for a simple trade up in price compared to wine,” Herz said.

Image also factors into the reason that woman are gravitating to beer. “This is bold for me to say, but beer in the past has been marketed as a gender-specific beverage to men,” Herz said. While some macro beer producers use women in tank tops to sell beer, the 2,300 craft brewers in the U.S. generally market in a way that’s not gender specific.

If craft beer producers have learned to make beer a genderless beverage, bartenders are still on a learning curve. Beer expert O’Brien recalls the time she ordered a $12 glass of Angry Monk. The bartender asked what she thought of it, and she mentioned that it seemed a little sour – a term meaning that the beer would benefit from more time in the bottle to mature the taste. He offered to add soda water.

Lucy Saunders, author of The Best of American Beer and Food: Pairing & Cooking with Craft Beer and beercook.com says those bartenders are missing the boat by underestimating a woman’s palate and knowledge of beer.

Still, beer “is a little bit of a boys’ club” Rachel Reiman said during a Barley’s Angels home brewing session in Milwaukee. She notices that whenever she and her husband tour a brewery and mention that they’re home brewers, “they immediately start talking to my husband.”

 

 

 

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Barrel-Aged Rasputin Review

From There Will Be Bourbon:

“We’re familiar with the high quality deliciousness of North Coast Brewing Company’s Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, but we didn’t know they decided to put Rasputin in a bourbon barrel until we stumbled across it last weekend.  When you lock Rasputin away like that, it only comes out stronger and better.”

Read the whole review here.

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Four “Best of 2011” Lists for North Coast Brewing

North Coast Brewing Best of 2011 Awards#1 Craft Beer for 2011: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Beer Appétit

Best of 2011: Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin (Platinum Medal, “Superlative”)
BTI: World Beer Championships

Brewer of the Year, 2011: North Coast Brewing
Beer Journal, December 31, 2011

Top 11 Beers for 2011: Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XIV
“…World class, the best of the best.…
This is beer at its highest level of sophistication….”
Modern Brewery Age Weekly E-Newsletter • Volume 63, No. 1 • January 5, 2012

Click here for a printable PDF.

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Twisted Snifter Reviews Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XIV

Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin“From the kettles and brite tanks of North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg, California comes one of our favorite Russian Imperial Stouts, Old Rasputin. A staple in snifters across the country, this big, bold and robust stout really defines the RIS style for us. It’s widely available, fairly affordable, intensely complex and ages wonderfully. A serious winner in our books. This, you probably know.

“What you might not know however, is that North Coast produces a rare and limited barrel aged version of this fine elixir. Released annually, this special offering was first produced in 2006 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Old Rasputin. After a short hiatus (there was never a XIII vintage), fans are excited to hear that the beer has returned. Initially a very limited release, North Coast has expanded production of Barrel Aged Old Rasputin and it’s now popping up on shelves in various markets around the country.”

Read the Complete Blog Review at Twisted Snifter

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North Coast Brewing Releases Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XIV

North Coast Brewing Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XIVAfter a two year wait, we are proud to introduce Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XIV. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.

Read the full press release here.

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North Coast Brewing Announces Release of Barrel-Aged Old Stock Cellar Reserve

North Coast Brewing Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve 2009North 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.

See the complete press release.

Stellar Reviews

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.”

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Barrel-Aged Beers

North Coast has an active program of developing even more amazing beers than are in the regular portfolio. Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich has created some small batch, barrel-aged beers that are truly remarkable.

Aging high gravity beers in oak barrels adds a whole new level of complexity and enjoyment to the flavor profile, and our experience with the technique has been stunning.  Coming in the wake of the spectacular Old Rasputin X which was aged in whiskey barrels, Mark has had great success with some ’05 Old Stock Ale aged in Bourbon barrels and some in brandy barrels.  It’s exquisite, but there’s not much of it.  It’s available only at the brewery retail store or through mail order in California.

And, there’s yet another batch of Old Rasputin that’s been aging for several months in whiskey barrels.  Stay tuned and keep an eye on the website for details.

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