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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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Mendocino County Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival Brewmaster Dinner—SOLD OUT!

North Coast Brewing Old Stock pourJoin Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich for an exceptional Brewmaster Dinner at the North Coast Brewing Company’s Taproom & Grill. This five-course dinner will feature award-winning beers paired with a selection of wild mushroom dishes designed by North Coast’s culinary wizard Loretta Evans. This not-to-be-missed event is one of the highlights of the Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival!

November 7, 2012, 6 PM

$50 per person plus tax (includes gratuity)

As of November 5, all seats are now SOLD OUT. For more information, please call Terrie at (707) 964-2739, ext. 117.

1st Course
Wild Mushroom Pizza with Arugula and Fresh Goat Cheese
Le Merle

2nd Course
Wild Mushrooms/ Heirloom Tomato Salad with Barrata and Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
North Coast Grand Cru

3rd Course
Grilled Mushroom Polenta, with Wild Mushroom Hash and a Fried Quail Egg
Red Seal Ale

4th Course
Beef Tenderloin with Sautéed Hen-of-the-Woods and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce Brother Thelonious

Dessert
Candy Cap Bread Pudding with an Old Stock Reduction
Old Stock Ale

Click here for more info on the Mendocino County Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival

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Everything's Big in Texas

North-Coast-Dinner-JazzNorth Coast Brewing at Coco BarNorth Coast Brewing has just completed a couple of high-profile, sellout beer dinners at some of the most-happening spots in Texas. Coco Bar in El Paso was the site of a great food/beer/music evening co-hosted by Audrey Kiefer, North Coast’s Texas Sales Manager, and Chef Julio. One of the favorite pairings of the evening was savory lamb sliders which were a great match for Red Seal Ale. Marty Olivas and his jazz group, Case Closed, provided some first-rate sounds including some Thelonious Monk tunes in tribute to, guess what, our Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

North Coast Beers with Chocolate CakeThat was followed by a memorable evening at Rudyard’s British Pub in Houston. Audrey Kiefer teamed with co-founder, Tom Allen to represent the brewery while Chef Joe Apa and his crew handled the food duties. The menu was a Texas tour-de-force with each dish incorporating a beer ingredient to match the accompanying ale. A smoked trout pate with Scrimshaw Pilsner started the meal followed by Venison sliders with Red Seal Ale and Texas wild boar cassoulet with Brother Thelonious. A chocolate flan made with Old Rasputin rounded out the dinner. It was a landmark event capped off by a round of standing applause from the well-fed and  thirst-slaked capacity crowd.

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North Coast Brewing Extends Its Long-Term Partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival

Terence Blanchard at the Monterey Jazz FestivalSupport Jazz with us at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Sept. 21–23, 2012!

North Coast Brewing will be the Official Beer of the Monterey Jazz Festival through 2014. Now in our seventh year of partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival, we are the longest continuous financial supporter of the Festival. A strong supporter of Jazz education, we have also been a longtime contributor to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, making donations for every case of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold.

“The guys on the management team here at North Coast have been hardcore Jazz fans for decades, and traveling to Monterey to take part in the Jazz Festival has been a much-anticipated annual highlight for us for the past seven years,” said Doug Moody, Senior VP and Director of Sales. “It’s been a privilege for us to be associated with both the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and to be able to contribute in some measure to this American art form.”

“Monterey Jazz Festival is honored to extend our long-standing partnership with North Coast Brewing, whose commitment to the art of Jazz is admirable. Our organizations share similar values and we are proud to exclusively offer their award-winning craft beers to our patrons,” said Chris Doss, Managing Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of Jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience Jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. The Festival, now in its 55th year, is the world’s longest continuously running Jazz festival.

In addition to partnering with the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, North Coast Brewing is also a supporter of other Jazz organizations, including the Redwood Jazz Alliance, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the American Jazz Museum, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, and We Always Swing.

Click here to view a printable PDF of this press release.

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John Ash Benefit for Mendocino Music Festival

John Ash with North Coast Brewing's Mark Ruedrich and Doug MoodyRenowned California wine country chef John Ash dazzled a sold-out crowd of Mendocino Music Festival supporters at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Wednesday night, April 25. The James Beard Award-winning chef created a spectacular menu, collaborating with North Coast Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich. Each course was paired with a North Coast Brewing beer so successfully it was generally agreed that it was difficult to determine where the food ended and the drink began.

The evening represented a continuation of North Coast’s support of the arts with 100% of the proceeds going to the Mendocino Music Festival, for which the brewery is a sponsor. Among North Coast Brewing’s other music sponsorships are the Monterey, San Francisco, and Healdsburg Jazz festivals, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the Redwood Coast Jazz Alliance, the American Jazz Museum, and Ensemble VIII, a Texas-based early music group.

Menu from John Ash dinner at North Coast Brewing, 2012Ash is a well-established culinary figure and educator who first came into national prominence in 1985 when he was named as one of the “hot new chefs” by Food and Wine. Since then, among other accomplishments, he has opened John Ash & Co. restaurant; taught regularly at the Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) Greystone facility; been the Culinary Director at Fetzer Vineyards; served as dean of the Brown-Forman Center for Global Wine Education; written three books; received both the James Beard and Julia Child awards; contributed to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as well as numerous other publications; and taught, lectured, and consulted on culinary matters for decades. He is truly one of the community’s living treasures.

Ruedrich is well known throughout the Craft brewing community as a brewer who consistently produces exceptional beers garnering critical recognition. His beers have received Gold Medal awards at the Great American Beer Fest, the World Beer Championships, the World Beer Cup, the Stockholm Beer Fest, and the Hong Kong Beer Fest, among many others. This marks the third occasion that Ash and Ruedrich have collaborated on food/beer pairings, and each one has been grander than the last. There already have been requests for a repeat performance by the duo. Stay tuned.

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Artist Eduardo Smissen and the Brother Thelonious Packaging

Artist Eduardo Smissen painting the Brother Thelonious brand image

The Artist: Eduardo Smissen in his studio working on the Brother Thelonious painting; Photo by Joelle Signorelli

Brother Thelonious Brand Image

The Result: Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

North Coast Brewing Company has always supported regional creative talent in the distinctive beer imagery that goes with each of their brews. When it came to the creation of the Brother Thelonious beer, we sought out the talent of local Mendocino artist Eduardo Smissen. The resulting packaging design by Colored Horse Studios featuring his spirited painting of Thelonious Monk as a Belgian Abbey Monk highlighted one of the most successful beer launches for North Coast Brewing, and won a Gold Medal in the Creativity Category from the Beverage Testing Institute’s World Beer Championships Packaging Competition. More of Smissen’s work can be seen on his website at http://eduardosmissen.com/

Why is a skull on the Brother Thelonious label?
From Eduardo: It’s a “memento mori,” a Latin phrase that may be freely translated as “Remember that you are mortal,” “Remember you will die,” or “Remember your death.” It names a genre of artistic creations that vary widely from one another, but which all share the same purpose, which is to remind people of their own mortality. The chief thrust of “memento mori” was the theme of “carpe diem,” “seize the day,” which  entailed the advice to “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” And as the motto for North Coast Brewing is “Carpe Diem Vita Brevis”—”Life is short, seize the day”—I thought it an appropriate Style for the Brother Thelonious label.

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Swedish paper praises Brother Thelonious

Brother Thelonious in DNBrother Thelonius (# 1588, 24.95 Swedish kronas, 355 ml) is made by North Coast Brewing Company, located just north of San Francisco.  This ale plays on the brewery’s finer taste bud harmonies, and pays tribute to the jazz musician Thelonius Monk.  It displays a reddish-brown teak-color and a heavy foam crown.  The well-balanced aroma hints at rye bread and flowery chamomile.  The flavor is sweeter than the scent and doesn’t deliver the same knock-out punch that Mark Ruedrich often prefers. Article here.

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NBC New York: Brother Thelonious featured on John Holl's Beer & Cheese Pairings

North Coast Brewing Brother Thelonious featured on NBC Beer Cheese Pairing

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North Coast Brewing Goes to Sweden

Here’s a flash slideshow from our trip to meet the people who are making North Coast Brewing happen in Sweden!

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