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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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Oregon Coast Jazz Party Celebrates Ten Years of Jazz

John-Clayton-(w)2World class jazz musicians will perform at the 10th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6. Concerts take place at the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel in Newport. The Jazz Party features visiting musicians playing sets in a variety of groups – duos, trios, quartets and larger jam sessions – over the three day event.

This tenth season celebration has a great line up, including bassist John Clayton, trumpeter Terell Stafford, vocalist Jackie Ryan, tenor sax-man Rickey Woodward and guitarist Bruce Forman. A highlight of this year’s Party is the New York based Bill Charlap Trio, featuring pianist Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, recognized as one of the top trios in today’s jazz scene. Picante, one of Portland’s finest Afro-Cuban groups, will be a featured band at the Party.

Terell-Stafford-(w)1The full schedule and lineup are on the Jazz Party’s website, as is all information about tickets, educational clinics, a “Meet, Greet & Sign” socializer and an interactive jazz panel.

North Coast Brewing is the exclusive provider of beer for the Oregon Coast Jazz Party. Proceeds from sales support the educational jazz programs of the festival.

To launch the Party, North Coast will host a Brewmaster Dinner on Thursday, October 3 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport to benefit the Oregon Coast Jazz Party.

North Coast’s President and Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich and Senior Vice President/Director of Sales Doug Moody will be at the dinner to talk about the beer, the pairings, and to answer questions. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with beer and cheese pairings and the five course dinner prepared by Chef Mike Downing begins at 7:00 pm.

Cheese Pairings:
Scrimshaw Pilsner paired with Anton’s Red Hot Love and savory scones
Le Merle Belgian Style Saison paired with Humboldt Fog and savory scones
Acme IPA paired with Mt Tam Triple Cream and savory scones

First Course:
PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale paired with Chef’s Ahi Poke

Second Course:
Le Merle Belgian Style Saison paired with fired seared white Mexican jumbo prawns, served over wilted arugula with warm roasted mango & candied ginger vinaigrette

Third Course:
Reduced North Coast Grand Cru sorbet

Fourth Course:
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale paired with braised ancho chili short ribs with wild mushroom polenta and white truffle oil finish

Fifth Course:
Old Stock Ale paired with spicy caramelized pineapple bread pudding, served with ancho chili white chocolate cream sauce and Old Stock Ale infused Chantilly cream

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What a grand beginning for what promises to be an extraordinary Jazz Party! Tickets for the Brewmaster Dinner are $61.62. The price includes the online transaction.

 

 

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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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It’s the Grand Cru: the Champagne of Beers!

Although Miller High Life has “Champagne of Beers” printed on the cans, the title truly belongs to North Coast Brewing Company’s Grand Cru. At almost $15 per bomber, a limited release, and 12.9% ABV (alcohol by volume), you really will be living the “High Life.”

The Grand Cru is one of many examples of a forward-looking brewery blurring the lines between traditional brewing styles. The Cru makes use of the widely available, yet typically uninspiring, pilsner malt, common in pale lagers and generally sold with 29 other companions. However, North Coast dresses up the modest malt by finishing the beer with agave nectar prior to aging it in bourbon barrels. The brewery then ferments the Cru with the same Belgian yeast strain used for their tart, fruity Saison. The combination of fruit/tart from the yeast and the muted sweetness of the agave gives the Cru its crisp, champagne-like flavor.

The beer pours a beautiful, slightly hazy gold color so perfect it made my mouth water. The head is a true-white and well-structured one, but it dissipates quickly, leaving a little white halo atop the glass. If you haven’t already noticed, this beer is quite aesthetically appealing.

Leaning in for the smell, I immediately notice cinnamon apples. Every whiff I took smelled like Mott’s applesauce dusted with cinnamon sugar. This was by no means a bad thing; cinnamon sugar apple sauce is a staple of any solid childhood (or mine at least).

The taste is crisp and dry, fruity and slightly tart with many small bubbles. The mouth feel is quite light and slightly sticky as a result of the agave nectar added near the end of the boil. Surprisingly, I failed to notice any bourbon or oak attributes throughout my tasting. Perhaps it served to mute the sweetness of the agave nectar, but otherwise I cannot find its fingerprints anywhere in the Grand Cru.

In all, the Grand Cru is a wonderful beer, but without its appearance, you might not even be sure it’s a beer. It could just as well pass itself off as a hearty cider or some strange champagne.

I shared the beer with several friends and roommates, and asked them to tell me what style of beer they tasted. I received a few tentative replies, but most people said they were unsure. The high alcohol content and light color suggest it may be some sort of Belgian quadruple ale but bourbon barrel aging is more common in heavier, maltier beers. This beer defies traditional brewing styles and can only be understood by a personal taste test. It’s not a quadruple, it’s not a Pilsner; it’s the Grand Cru: the champagne of beers.

from The Catalyst, the independent student newspaper of Colorado College

by staff writer Nate Childs

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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

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

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North Coast Grand Cru and Le Merle Win Awards at Brussels Beer Challenge

Le Merle Wins Gold Medal at Brussels Beer ChallengeJudges awarded a gold medal in the “Pale & Amber Ale: Saison” category to Le Merle Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale in the Brussels Beer Challenge this past weekend, ahead of Belgian brewers!

Judges also awarded the North Coast Grand Cru a bronze medal in the “Specialty Beer: Brut” category.

Click here to view some truly delightful images of the judging process by photojournalist Olivier Vin.

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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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Review of Grand Cru

North Coast Brewing Grand CruFrom Suburban Cowgirl:

So, I tried a glass. And this beer? This beer is different. They weren’t kidding when they said it had a champagne-like taste, except this is less dry and easier to drink in my opinion than champagne….

Couple the sweet, easy taste and light hops with the bubbly drinkability of this brew and I must hereby declare: this is the best beer I’ve ever tried.

I’m not sure if that’s a compliment to the brewer or not, but I’m most definitely having a second glass.

Read the whole review here.

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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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