North 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.
That 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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Gayot.com, “the guide to the good life,” just chose Old Rasputin for their guide to the Top 10 Sipping Beers. Here’s what they said:
“Considered by many to be the standard-bearer for the style, this Russian Imperial Stout from the North Coast Brewing Company is produced in the tradition of 18th-century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. Its label includes a depiction of the ‘Mad Monk,’ and like the Russian mystic it’s named for, Old Rasputin appears dark and sinister. This rich, intense brew sports big flavors and a warming finish thanks to the hefty 9 per cent ABV. Tastes of espresso, mocha, and dark chocolate are matched with a finish of fruity hoppy bitterness, making this a well-rounded and complex beer. Pairing this brew with anything chocolate is a sure thing, but fruity desserts will also work well to balance the deep roasted flavors.”
Here’s a great recipe for Old Rasputin Braised Bison Shanks from Scott at Food. Beer. Tunes.
I’m a big, big fan of North Coast Brewery’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. A year or two ago I came across a recipe for Old Rasputin braised short ribs. With that as my inspiration, I decided to use a bottle of Old Raspy as part of the braising liquid for the shanks.
Click here for the recipe.
Old Rasputin Float
1 bottle Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
1 generous dip of premium vanilla ice cream
Fill a chilled glass with Old Rasputin. Add the ice cream. Enjoy.
Old Rasputin was recently featured in Wired Magazine’s “Recommendation Engine: 5 Bold Dark Brews for Beer Geeks” by David MacNeal:
Perfect for: Proving your fortitude.
Geek factor: Russian imperial stouts had high alcohol content to survive 18th-century shipping times—and this one, with its 75 international bittering units (vs. Coors Light’s 6.8 IBU), could make a czar flip his ushanka.
9% abv, $9 (4 x 12 oz.) | North Coast Old Rasputin
Read the whole article here.
Seven North Coast beers on tap at Oliver Twist in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more on Facebook.
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.
Laurie Delk of 100 beers. 30 days. just chose Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout as one of her top ten favorite stouts from the West Coast:
“Rich, homemade molasses cookies, baking spices, clove, nutmeg, cardamon, and even pepper prickled my nose. On the palate, tobacco and dark, dark chocolate with its trademark bitterness, a wonderful complement to the sugar and spice. And this one is everything nice.”
Read the whole article in Happy Hour Magazine.
#1 Craft Beer for 2011: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
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
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YouTube review of Old Rasputin by RealAleGuide