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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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Celebrate Grigori Rasputin’s Birthday on January 22nd with Fans of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

This is the blog dedicated to the 2014 celebration of Grigori Rasputin’s Birthday.

Old Rasputin Questions & Answers

What was the first year the North Coast Brewing made Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout?
1995

Why did the Russian aristocrats hate Rasputin?
He was born a peasant which was unacceptable to them.

What were the two contradictory sides of Rasputin?
Pious and holy versus alcoholic and licentious

How many times has Old Rasputin won Gold at the World Beer Championships?
Seven

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How many men did it take to assassinate Rasputin?
Five

In whose court was Rasputin an advisor?
Tsar Nicholas II

What is the meaning of the Russian words on the Old Rasputin label?
One does not become an intimate friend quickly.

Tsarina Alexandra thought Rasputin saved her son from dying of what disease?
Hemophilia

 

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Indiana Beer Group Tests Five Top Rated Russian Imperial Stouts: And the Winner is…Old Rasputin

We don’t mean to brag…well, maybe we do. So we’re sharing a recent blog from the Indiana Beer group. You are welcome to read the entire article, but what follows is a summary, paraphrase and direct quotes of some of the text. You can also read about this particular tasting panel on the Indiana Beer Group.

Old-Rasputin-Brand-Image-(w)2012We didn’t mess around with the lineup for this tasting – each of these beers rates at least a 92 on Beer Advocate and they come from highly respected breweries: Bell’s Expedition Stout, North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, Sierra Nevada Narwhal, and Three Floyds Dark Lord. With this lineup of heavy hitters, a blind tasting was administered by our lovely hostess Poppi Rocketts. The beers were served in a random order to our tasting panel, and the identity of each was not revealed until after the panelists had finalized their individual rankings. Joining me, Nathan Compton, on the panel were IndianaBeer reporters Dave Allen and Jason Wilkerson and guest reviewer Tim Palmer.

And the results are in…….To determine the overall results, we used a model where the lowest number of points would win (a 1st place vote = 1 point, a 2nd place vote = 2 points, etc.). After tallying up the scores, our collective rankings determined the final order:

Fifth Place: Three Floyds Dark Lord (19 points)
Fourth Place: Sierra Nevada Narwhal (16 points)
Third Place: Bell’s Expedition Stout (11 points)
Second Place: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (10 points)
First Place: North Coast Old Rasputin (4 points)

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What follows are direct quotes from the Tasting Panel about Old Rasputin:

Dave: “Our tasting panel all came to the same conclusion that this one was, hands down, the best beer on the table. To my palate it was complex, balanced, with flavors of both chocolate and roasted malt, hints of coffee and apparent (but not dominating) alcohol. When I conjure up what RIS should be in my imagination: this is it – delicious without being overpowering in any of the handful of typical flavor profiles one might expect. Great beer. And readily available locally all year round at a competitive price point. What’s not to like? Would I Drink Another: Absolutely.”
Dave’s Rank: 1st

Jason: “The aroma of chocolate was a welcome sign as it reminds me of this category of beer. Thicker than Beer #1 (Narwhal) but still not the texture I’ve come to expect, which is not a bad thing. Great flavor. This beer throws a knockout punch on your tongue from the start to announce its presence. Rich in color, flavor and texture, the bold taste follows from the front of your mouth to the back. A great Russian Imperial with good balance of bitter and sweet.”
Jason’s Rank: 1st

Nathan: “Less head retention than the first beer (Narwhal), but the level of roasted malt character has increased and nicely balances the chocolate notes. Wonderful flavor complexity: chocolate, coffee, raisins, figs, and hints of citrus hop character. Thick mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish and lingering bitterness the complements the intense malt character. Moderate alcohol warming in the aftertaste, but never harsh or distracting from the other flavors. This beer almost perfectly embodies the best qualities I associate with Russian Imperial Stouts. Outstanding!”
Nathan’s Rank: 1st

Tim: “Let’s just say that I can’t see through the beer as it is dark as night with a small dark tan head. The first hints of the aroma immediately hit me as this wonderful blend of rich malt (bready, hint of fruit), roast and chocolate character followed by a low earthy hop nose. The first taste filled my mouth with this full bodied, rich, more roast (not acrid) than chocolate, complex delicious beer that finished dry leaving me asking for more. Even with the low head, it had plenty of carbonation to support this big beer. The alcohol was pleasantly warming and not hot at all. This was solid all the way through! Can I have another? This is what I was expecting from a Russian Imperial Stout.”
Tim’s Rank: 1st

Near the end of the blog, Nathan wrote about rediscovering Old Rasputin:
“There was a stage in my craft beer drinking evolution where Old Rasputin was a beer I commonly sought out, and an Old Rasputin sign proudly hangs next to the pool table in our basement. But as the number of craft beer options has exploded, it’s very easy to get caught up in constantly trying new things and taking some of these old favorites for granted. I can’t remember the last time I purchased this beer off the shelf, but it certainly won’t take that long again. Along with the straight tasting results we always try to include cost analysis at the end of these because the highest ranking beers are often the most expensive. But at the relatively low price (for a Russian Imperial Stout anyway) of $10.99 for a 4-pack, this aspect only bolsters the case for Old Rasputin in this lineup…But if you’re looking for a great Russian Imperial Stout to enjoy in the near future, we can’t recommend Old Rasputin strongly enough. Buy up a good portion of that beer and horde it for yourself.”

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Craft Beer Seminar on November 1st at the Fruit Center Marketplace in Milton Massachusetts

  • Le-Merle-Brand-Image(w)-2012The Fruit Center Marketplace will host its first beer education event on Friday, November 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm featuring Matthew Webster, New England Sales Manager for North Coast Brewing Company. Matt will discuss the history of North Coast Brewing, explain the process of brewing beer, and pour tastings from the company’s iconic portfolio.

The Fruit Center’s Wine Director and CIA trained Chef Tim Paulus will make light appetizers to compliment the beers. The $25 registration fee includes a $10.00 Fruit Center gift card, light appetizers, tasting notes and samples of each featured beer.

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Cancellation Policy: Please be aware that these events sell out and preparations are made in advance. Because of this the host asks that registered participants do not cancel less than 48 hours in advance of the event. Cancellation less than 48 hours in advance will result in the full event cost being charged.

The Fruit Center Marketplace
10 Bassett St
Milton MA 02186
617 696-5274

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North Coast Brewing Plays a Major Role in the 2013 Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

MJF-Next-Generation-Performers(w)The 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival will take place Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22 at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. Founded in 1958 by legendary jazz alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons and Ralph Gleason, music critic, San Francisco Chronicle writer and founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine, the MJF presents three days of concerts by some of the best jazz performers in the world. The MJF has the distinction of being the longest running jazz festival in the world.

North Coast Brewing, in its eighth season as the brewery partner to the Monterey Jazz Festival, is the current longest running sustaining partner. This year NCBC is presenting four special beers – Le Merle, PranQster, Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale - in tastings hosted by the MJF. As usual, Red Seal Ale, Brother Thelonious and Scrimshaw will be served through the Fairgrounds. The tastings are $5 per person. All proceeds go the MJF Education Programs.

NCBC’s Senior Vice President/Director of Sales Doug Moody and Northern California Sales Manager Josh Charlton will be at the tastings to talk about beer and answer questions. The tastings will be in the Festival’s Education Pavilion and are scheduled as follows:

Friday, September 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Saturday, September 21 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm

Claire-Daly-Quartet-in-Central-Park.(w)jpgThe Claire Daly Quartet will perform on Saturday, September 21 at 2:30 at the Night Club, one of the eight stages at the Festival. The concert, presented by NCBC, will be a performance of selections from Baritone Monk, a CD produced by Doug Moody and entirely underwritten by NCBC. The Quartet’s players – Claire Daly on baritone sax, Steve Hudson on piano, Mary Ann McSweeney on bass and Peter Grant on drums – swing their way through Thelonious Monk’s repertoire with “…the casual joy of a jam session.” Claire will be at the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening Beer Tastings to sign CDs and chat about her experiences as a jazz musician and making Baritone Monk.

This year’s Monterey Jazz Festival promises a great line up of artists and concerts, jazz conversations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibitions, clinics, and an international array of food, NCBC beer and beer tastings, shopping, and festivities spread throughout the 20-acre Monterey Fairgrounds. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else on the planet and North Coast Brewing is proud to be a part of this celebration of all things jazz!

Top photo: MJF Next Generation Scholarship Performers
Claire Daly Quartet photo by Marc Millman

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San Francisco’s Olympic Club Hosted a North Coast Brewing Co. Beer Dinner on June 28

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San Francisco’s historic Olympic Club, the oldest athletic club in the United States, was the site of a memorable North Coast Brewmaster Dinner on June 28. Chef Peter Harvey prepared a five-star menu that began at an informal reception in the club’s lavish Crystal Room with a charcuterie platter, oysters Rockefeller and Bienville, and wild mushroom quesadillas paired with Scrimshaw Pilsner and Red Seal Ale.

The dinner was served in the palm-accented formal dining room and started with a Brandade soufflé and a Pommery mustard reduction which was a great match with Pranqster Belgian-Style Golden Ale. A second course featured a grilled boneless quail with goat cheese polenta, grilled radicchio and aged Balsamico. The Le Merle Saison, which just won the Gold Medal at the Brussels Beer Fest, was a perfect pairing with its tropical fruit flavor note.

The entrée was a hearty braised lamb shank served with aioli and accompanied by a spring vegetable ratatouille. Brother Thelonious Belgian-Style Abbey Ale was a rich, malty complement to this entrée. Dessert was a chocolate assiette, including chocolate walnut terrine, white chocolate gelato and raw chocolate tastings. North Coast’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout with its intense chocolate and coffee flavor profile was an obvious choice for this finale.

The Olympic Club’s signature “white glove” service added to the elegance of the evening and left 100 guests very happy, well-fed, and thirst-slaked.

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Beer Dinners in Massachusetts & Vermont are part of North Coast Brewing’s 25th Anniversary Year Celebration

North Coast Brewing’s New England Sales Manager, Matthew Webster is one busy man. He is working with four chefs in four restaurants to create menus featuring delectable pairings of food and NCBC beer. These beer dinners will take place between June 18th and June 27th, just as summer begins, celebrating NCBC’s 25th anniversary year as a leader in the craft beer movement.

Brother-Thelonious(w)-Brand-ImageTuesday, June 18: Slate Bar & Grill at 6:30 pm
109 High St, Boston MA
857 269-7372
Course 1
Spring Pea Soup with Spicy Pork Rillete paired with Scrimshaw Pilsner
Course 2
Seared Scallops Habanero Mostarda & Tropical Salsa paired with Brother Thelonious
Course 3
Coarse Coffee-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Sweet Potato Hash paired with Old Rasputin
Course 4
Artisan Cheese Plate paired with Old Stock Ale

Old-Rasputin-Brand-Image-(w)2012Monday, June 24: Stone Hearth Inn & Tavern in collaboration with Meditrina Beer, Wine & Cheese
698 Route 11 West, Chester VT
802 875-9463
Beginnings
Crispy Lollipop Wings with Apricot Glaze and Steamed Mussels with Marinara Sauce paired with Scrimshaw Pilsner & Red Seal Ale
Salad
Grilled Watermelon topped with Arugula with Homemade Ginger Dressing paired with
Le Merle Saison
Entrée
Black Watch Farms Grilled Steak Tips served over Chipotle Polenta paired with Old Rasputin
Cheese
Beer Fondue with Red Hen Bakery Baguette paired with
Old Stock Ale
Dessert
Rhubarb Raspberry Tart topped with Lemon Crème Fraiche paired with Old Stock Ale

Le-Merle-Brand-Image(w)-2012Tuesday, June 25: Tres Gatos Beer Pairing Dinner
470 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain MA
Chef Marcos Sanchez and the entire Tres Gatos team are offering a special tasting menu to complement NCBC beers. Tres Gatos is a “scratch kitchen.” It uses only the freshest ingredients available. Old Rasputin, Le Merle, PranQster and Scrimshaw are available on draft. 2013 Old Stock Ale and Brother Thelonious are available in the bottle.

Old-Stock-2013(w)-Brand-ImageThursday, June 27: Park Restaurant & Bar at 7:00 pm
Four Course Menu by Chef Jesse Perrin – $40.00 per person
59 JFK St, Cambridge MA
617 491-9855
Course 1
Cool Mussel Salad with Fennel & Nasturtium Greens paired with Scrimshaw Pilsner
Course 2
“Welsh Rabbit” with Truffled Mixed Mushrooms & Vermont Shepard Cheese Sauce paired with PranQster
Course 3
Peppered Rib Eye with Creamy Farrotto & Slow Roasted Sweet Onions paired with Brother Thelonious
Course 4
House-made Stout Cheddar Beer Crisps & Pickle Slaw paired with Old Stock Ale

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Join North Coast Brewing June 6 through 8 at Houston’s Big Beer Week

NCBC-Le-Merle-375ml(w)North Coast Brewing’s Texas Sales Manager, Audrey Kiefer, has a busy week coming up in Houston! She’ll be representing NCBC at Wine & Food Week, pouring beer at the Wine Walk on Thursday, June 6 from 5 to 8:30 pm on Market Street and at Sips, Suds & Siders on Friday, June 7 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at the Woodlands Waterway Marriot.

On Saturday, June 8 she’ll head out to the Houston Beer Festival at Hermann Square Park from 1:00 to 10:00 pm to pour Brother Thelonious, Old Rasputin and Le Merle. This is a major beer event in the Lone Star State and all these events add up to a big BIG beer week in Houston!

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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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