Category Archives: Old Stock Ale

Cheese Pairing: Old Stock Ale with Bleu des Basques

Old Stock AleNorth Coast Brewing’s Old Stock Ale paired with Bleu des Basques and reviewed by Hoosier Beer Geek.

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Old Stock Ale 2011

Old Stock AleReview of Old Stock Ale 2011 by Brew Chief

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The Best Barleywine? SF Weekly's Blog, SFoodie, Picks a Winner: North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale

SFWeekly‘s Blind Tasting for Best Barleywine:
North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock Ale (Fort Bragg, Calif.): 9 points. Honey- and rose-colored and with minimal head, this was the panel’s uncontested favorite. Nothing about the beer screamed “barleywine,” but the marked aromas of applejack, cherry, oak, bourbon, and bread, along Old Stock Alewith hot flavors of boozy fruit, caramel, and very faint smoke, earned it the warmest reception.

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Vertical Tasting of Old Stock Ale on BeerSweden TV

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A Love Letter From Our Friend Wade

“I wanted to tell you of an unexpected delight I had recently. I visited my sister’s house a few weeks ago, where I used to live and brew. I journeyed down to the cellar after she reminded me I had some old bottles there. As I blew the dust off the bottles of old root beer and cider, I found a single bottle with an NCB Old Stock label on it—from 2001. I had laid it up 8 years ago and forgotten it. I didn’t think it would still be good. So I opened it and tasted it cautiously. WOW!, is all I could think of. It was superb! So mellow and full of flavor. Thank you. I need to procure a few more and forget them again.”
– Wade

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North Coast Releases Old Stock Ale 2009

NCBC Old Stock Ale 2009North Coast Brewing has announced the much anticipated release of its 2009 vintage Old Stock Ale.  Since it sprang onto the beer scene in 2000 with the award of a Platinum medal at the World Beer Championships, Old Stock has won two Great American Beer Fest medals as well as additional WBC medals.

Brewed in the classic English old ale tradition, the Old Stock recipe includes Maris-Otter malts, Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops and delivers a very friendly 11.5% ABV.  The brew’s loyal fan base has learned that the beer cellars beautifully and can be laid down, literally for years, with the rich, winey flavors becoming softer and even more seductive with age.

“I think this is one of the finest beers we produce.” said Mark Ruedrich, North Coast’s brewmaster.  “It has an elegance that transcends the usual expectations of beer.  We’re quite proud of it.”

Look for Old Stock wherever fine beers are sold.

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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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Interview with Mark Ruedrich in All About Beer Magazine

In this interview with Julie Johnson of All About Beer Magazine, Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich tells the story of how North Coast Brewing Company came to be.


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