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North Coast Brewing Sponsors the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet Workshop & Performance at 2013 Mendocino Music Festival on Saturday, July 20

LOOK WHO’S COMING TO TOWN!

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Clockwise from left: Miles Berry (18), tenor sax, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; James Francies (17), piano, High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston; Michael Mitchell (18), drums, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Dallas; Jose Albizu (17), bass, New World School of the Arts, Miami; Joel Ross (17), vibes, Chicago High School for the Arts; Nick Saia (17), guitar, LaGuardia High School of Music & Art, New York

How do you get to be one of the best young jazz musicians in the country? It doesn’t just happen. It takes dedication to the art form, discipline to practice for countless hours, focus during lessons, concentration during rehearsals, respect for colleagues and the creativity and chops to improvise. It also helps to have talent and some great teachers for role models, instruction and inspiration.

The six young musicians who comprise the 2013 Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet are among the best young jazz musicians in the country. They attend high schools that participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School Program. Of all the musicians in this nation-wide program they have been selected as the best of the best.

The Program is designed to support the education of gifted musicians who are attending public performing arts high schools across the nation, offering these students a high-level, musically sophisticated, performance-based jazz curriculum. Participants have the opportunity to study with some of the best jazz artists and educators in the world, perform in jazz combos with their peers, and learn, absorb and integrate what they need to gain entry into esteemed music conservatories and university music schools.

The Institute works with each school to develop a course of study that includes classes in theory, composition, improvisation, history, styles and analysis. It also provides ongoing private and group instruction with Institute educators and visiting artists. The students have opportunities to work with jazz masters and perform in high-profile student ensembles.

Over the last six years North Coast Brewing has contributed more than $500,000 to the Monk Institute in support of jazz education through contributions from the sale of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale. In its role as Presenting Sponsor of the Mendocino Music Festival, North Coast Brewing is delighted to bring the Monk Institute’s National High School All-Star Sextet to perform in the 2013 season. This is an opportunity for North Coast Brewing to dovetail two organizations it supports and bring an outstanding group of young jazz players to the Mendocino Coast. The concert will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 3:00 pm at Preston Hall on Main Street in the town of Mendocino. Tickets are on sale at the Mendocino Music Festival website or 707 937-4041 and are $25, non-reserved and limited seating. In other words, get your tickets now before they sell out.

In addition to the performance, the members of the Sextet will conduct a Peer-to-Peer Jazz Workshop, a special event free to students, on Saturday, July 20 at 10:00 am at the Matheson Theater on Ford Street in Mendocino. The workshop will be a micro version of the Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Initiative, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Through this national initiative, jazz combos in the performing arts high school programs together with established jazz artists, participate in week long performance and information workshops called “informance tours.” Members of the combos perform for and play alongside high school musicians whose schools they are visiting, acting as ambassadors of jazz. They teach their peers about the rich history of jazz and about the deeply held American values it represents: teamwork, collaboration, unity with ethnic diversity, and the vital importance of really listening to one another.

The setting on July 20 will give music students from Northern California the opportunity to work with the exceptionally gifted and motivated members of the All-Star Sextet who are eager to share their skills and knowledge and encourage their peers. High school students interested in participating should contact the Mendocino Music Festival at 707 937-4041.

Eminent jazz educator and professional bassist, Dr. J.B. Dyas, Vice President for Education and Curriculum Development at the Monk Institute, will accompany the All-Star Sextet on this visit to the Mendocino Coast. Formerly Executive Director of the Brubeck Institute, Dyas has performed across the country, taught students at every level, directed large and small ensembles, developed and implemented new jazz curricula and written for national publications. His dynamic and innovative teaching style engages and inspires. Among the many projects he works on, Dyas visits the eleven performing arts public high schools in the program two to three times a year, works with the students, mentors their teachers in how to better teach jazz and goes on the road with the groups selected for the Peer-to-Peer Informance Tours.

So, will the young musicians in the All-Star Sextet go on to become professional jazz musicians and educators? There’s a very good chance they will. These youngsters have a distinct sense of who they are. They are creative, goal oriented, focused and able to concentrate and build on their skills as individuals and in a group. The have developed self-esteem and confidence. They have high expectations for themselves. They have a passion that inspires and guides them. Whatever they decide to do, they have developed the skills to succeed and to create fulfilling lives for themselves.

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We’re Showing Off the Three New Fermentation Tanks at the Brewery

 

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The crane operators are positioning the first tank while the second tank is sitting on the truck, awaiting its turn.

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The NCBC crew helps guide the tank to the correct position for its descent to the four foot deep concrete base.

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The third tank on its way up to the brewery roof.

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Here’s a view of the roof top action from inside the brewery.

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The first two tanks are in place as the NCBC crew guides the third tank to the correct position for its descent into the brewery.

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The three new fermenters are in place inside the brewery.

All photos by Karen Wineland except last photo by Nancy Harris

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Three New Fermentation Tanks Expand Brewing Capacity

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On the evening of May 13, excited spectators watched a calm and competent crew from North Coast Brewing Company direct the placement of three brand new stainless steel fermenting tanks into the southwest side of the Brewery. Two heavy-duty cranes lifted the 22,000 pound tanks above the roof and lowered them onto the floor. This event was the culmination of over two years of planning, permitting, designing, engineering and construction. Under the direction of NCBC President and Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, team leaders Chuck Martins, Head Brewer and Plant Engineer, and Mike Wineland, Project Manager, masterminded and implemented this expansion.

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In preparation for the installation, three twelve foot diameter holes were cut into the Brewery roof and the existing eight inch concrete floor was excavated and replaced by a four foot thick concrete base laced with rebar and topped with steel anchor bolts to hold the fermenters in place. Each tank holds 16,275 gallons, roughly enough to fill 171,500 twelve ounce bottles. When full, each tank will weigh 152,000 pounds. Once the tanks are plumbed and the electrical work is completed, the fermenters will be fully operational. NCBC projects the addition of the tanks will boost production 40% over last year and add about a dozen additional people to the workforce.

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The tanks were manufactured by the Paul Mueller Company in Springfield, MO., and transported 2100 miles to Fort Bragg, CA in three Mueller flatbed trucks. According to one of the drivers, the toughest part of the route was the last 30 miles between Willits and Fort Bragg. If you live on the Mendocino Coast, you can easily see the three new fermenters from the Brewery Taproom across the street from the Brewery on Main Street in downtown Fort Bragg. Check out the NCBC blog to see more photos of the three new tanks.

Truck photo: Bob Swatzell
Roof top photos: Jason Ross

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Mendocino Coast Jazz Society 2013 High School Scholarship Winners Will Perform at the Brewery Taproom on Friday, May 31 at 6 PM

Marianna-Cooper-(w)North Coast Brewing Company, an ardent supporter of jazz and jazz education, will host the 2013 winners of the Mendocino Coast Jazz Society’s annual scholarships in a first act performance. The two high school seniors, pianist Marianna Cooper from Mendocino and bassist Spencer Crowell from Fort Bragg, will open for regular Dinner Jazz performers Richard Cooper and Francis Vanek in the Sequoia Room at the Brewery Taproom on Friday, May 31 at 6 pm.

Spencer-Crowell-(w)Marianna and Spencer are both outstanding students academically, active in sports, extra-curricular activities and community service. Marianna has been studying and playing piano since the age of five, first with her father, Richard, and then with Paula Butler for the last twelve years. She has performed at events and recitals and even accompanied her high school choir. Spencer became actively involved in music in his fifth grade band program. He plays bass and percussion and sings in the high school concert choir and advanced vocal ensemble. Music has played an important role in both their lives, expanding their skills, experiences and horizons. In the essays they wrote as part of the scholarship application, both stated that music is a constant source of inspiration and will be an integral part of their adult lives. Both plan to continue their music studies.

At the performance, Marianna will play the 1877 Weber square grand piano in an excerpt from Debussy’s Clair de Lune. Then the two musicians will play several duets, with Marianna on piano and Spencer on bass. Their performance is an opportunity for leaders and members of the coastal community, educators, family and friends to celebrate Marianna and Spencer’s achievements.

The Mendocino Coast Jazz Society has produced jazz events and sponsored educational programs and scholarships for high school seniors since 1984. North Coast Brewing has been a supporter of the Jazz Society’s scholarship and mentor programs for many years.

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Sheila Martins Promoted to Assistant Vice President of Sales & Administration at North Coast Brewing Company

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In 1995 Sheila Martins began working at North Coast Brewing Company as a substitute for the receptionist who was on a two week vacation. When the receptionist decided not to return, Sheila was hired for the position. Over the last 19 years Sheila’s work has evolved and changed, and this past April she was promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President of Sales & Administration.

Sheila attended Santa Clara University as an undergraduate, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she earned a teaching credential. She was a substitute teacher in the Fort Bragg Schools when the opportunity to work at North Coast Brewing came along. Sheila’s innate intelligence and her interest in the business led to more and more responsibilities. She began handling state and federal registrations, compliance issues and label approval, taking orders, arranging freight and managing inventory. As her competence and expertise grew, she became an integral part of the business.

Commenting on her promotion, Sheila said “I think I have the best job at the brewery!” Working with NCBC President Mark Ruedrich and Vice President Doug Moody, Sheila is the bridge between production and sales. She manages supply and demand. She knows when, where and how much beer is produced, the timeline of the brewing, bottling and shipping, the orders that need to be filled and how to keep the process moving along in as seamless a way as possible.

She always has a cheerful smile and a friendly greeting even in the midst of dealing with the unexpected. “I put out fires,” she says in her understated way, although she does not hesitate to say what’s on her mind, and when she does, those around her listen. After all, she is deservedly at the center of the action.

Sheila and her husband, NCBC Head Brewer and Plant Engineer Chuck Martins, have a home in Fort Bragg and are the proud parents of two children, 12 year old Joey and 11 year old Maddy. Sheila’s family life is of the utmost importance to her, as is her work life. “Not only do I feel lucky to be where I am with the business today, I feel fortunate to work with the people I do and to work for a business with such great products and high standards. It’s wonderful to feel proud of what we make and what we stand for and to contribute to the quality of life of our community.”

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North Coast Brewing Names Sam Kraynek Controller

Sam-Kraynek(w)Sam Kraynek brings over 40 years of managerial experience to North Coast Brewing Company’s new position of Controller. Sam will be responsible for the financial reporting of the company and establishing policies and internal controls that protect the organization’s assets. NCBC’s President Mark Ruedrich said he is pleased to bring Sam into the business because “We’ve been looking for the right person to be our company controller for some time now. Sam’s leadership skills and his history of innovative management, strategic planning, marketing, sales, manufacturing and finance will strengthen and benefit North Coast Brewing Company.”

Sam’s easy-going, friendly personality belies his hard-driving work ethic. Born, raised and educated in Pennsylvania, his first professional position was an In-Charge Auditor with Ernst & Ernst in Cleveland Ohio. He moved on to work as an Auditor Supervisor for Beatrice Companies and within a decade became President and General Manager of Rosarita Mexican Foods where he developed the idea of manufacturing vegetarian refried beans, now the best-selling refried beans on the market.

After his tenure at Rosarita, Sam held various management positions with a number of companies including Vice President and General Manager of the $70 million Bakery Distribution Division of International Multifoods and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bay State Milling, a $200 million flour milling operation. In 1997 Sam answered an ad that led him to the Mendocino Coast. He became CEO of Thanksgiving Coffee Company where he worked for the last 15 years.

Sam began working at North Coast Brewing on April 1, 2013 and he says he’s delighted to be a part of a business that makes quality products, encourages clear communication and ongoing collaboration among its staff and employees and values and respects its workers. In addition, Sam said, “It’s not just about dollars and cents. North Coast Brewing is about community and people and making our coast (and our world) a better place to live, and I like that!”

Sam is an active participate and volunteer in the community. He is past chair and director of the Executive Committee of the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as a director of the Mendocino City Community Services District. He also serves on the Wine and Mushroom and Finance committees of Saint Anthony’s. When he’s not working or volunteering, Sam likes to garden, enjoy the ocean, and travel with his wife, Ginger to visit their children and four grandchildren. In addition, and of course, Sam likes to relax after work with one of North Coast Brewing’s fine craft beers.

Photo by Deborah Moody

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Class of '88 Barleywine Hits the Shelves!

Barleywine-Bottle-Shot-4(w)Take a look at our Class of ’88 Barleywine in the 750 ml bottle with a cork and wire cap.
We think it looks quite handsome. The Brewery Taproom will have this barleywine on tap and it’s available in limited distribution for a short time in the 750 ml bottles. On Thursday, April 11, the barleywines from Rogue Ales and Deschutes Brewery, Class of ’88 members hailing from Oregon, will be available for a horizontal or “trifecta” tasting at the pub. These three ales have been developed from the same guidelines, but differences in kinds and amounts of malted barley and hops and differences in water will yield three different brews. Curious? Come on over and try all three.

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North Coast Brewing Announces the Release of Class of ’88 Barleywine Style Ale

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1988 was a pivotal year for the emerging craft brewing industry on the west coast, marking the founding of some of America’s most influential breweries, North Coast Brewing Co. among them. It was also the year Fred Eckhardt published The Essentials of Beer Style—a book that quickly became an indispensable reference for aspiring brewers and critics.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of this milestone year, North Coast Brewing and two other west coast members of the pioneering “Class of ’88,”—Rogue Ales and Deschutes Brewery—have collaborated on a trio of commemorative beers evolving from Fred’s style guidelines.

Each of the breweries has created its own distinctive interpretation of a barleywine. Brewers traveled to each other’s locations and teamed up to brew all three ales. Their common heritage, joint efforts and inherent camaraderie resulted in a cohesive set that allows beer aficionados to enjoy three examples of the style.

These exceptional barleywines are being released in late March of 2013 and are available around the country for a limited time, distinctively packaged in either 22 oz. or 750 ml bottles, or on draft. The breweries are planning Class of ’88 celebrations in Bend and Portland, Oregon and San Francisco and Fort Bragg, California. Read more to find out about these events.

 

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Celebrate the Class of ’88 and the Brewers of the Barleywine

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Photo (left to right) of Ken Kelley, Assistant Head Brewer at NCBC, Pat Broderick, Head Brewer at NCBC, John C. Maier, Brewmaster at Rogue Ales and Cam O’Connor, Brewmaster at Deschutes Brewery

The Class of ’88 breweries have planned four celebratory events around the release of their barleywine ales. All of these celebrations offer horizontal tastings of the three variations. The entire collaboration is a rare event, and the opportunity to taste the three versions will be for a very limited time. So if you’re in the vicinity of Bend or Portland Oregon or San Francisco or Fort Bragg California, join the party, sip some ale and have a good time.

Class of ’88 Celebration Events:
Monday April 8
– Collaboration Dinner at Deschutes Tap Room
Upstairs at the Bend Public House, 1044 NW Bond St., Bend OR
541 382-9242 – Tickets are $38 per person –
All three beers paired with rustic, old-world fare:
Terrine & Charcuterie
Local & Imported Artisan Cheeses
Roasted Leg of Lamb
Braised Rabbit
http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/event/class-88-barley-wine-beer-event

Tuesday April 9 – Collaboration Celebration at Rogue Distillery & Public House
1339 NW Flanders St., Portland OR  (Historic Pearl District)
503 222-5910
All three beers available and Fred Eckhart will join the party

Thursday April 11 – Collaboration Celebration at North Coast’s Brewery Taproom
444 N Main St., Fort Bragg CA – 707 964-3600
All three beers available  4 – 7 pm

Tuesday April 16 – Collaboration Celebration at Eugene City Brewery
844 Olive St, Eugene
541 345-4155
All three beers available

 

 

 

 

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Super Bowl Sunday at North Coast Brewing

North Coast Brewing TaproomThey did it! The San Francisco 49ers made it to the Super Bowl! The next best thing to having tickets to the game at the Superdome in New Orleans is to watch the action on the big screen at North Coast Brewing’s Taproom & Grill in Fort Bragg, California.

Doors open at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 3rd. Catch the 3:30 kickoff, drink North Coast’s great beers and enjoy the special Super Bowl appetizers prepared exclusively for this game, including

•    Kaepernick’s Buffalo Wings
•    Vernon Davis’ Sausage Bites
•    Sourdough Sam’s Garlic Waffle Fries
•    Frank Gore’s Fried Mushrooms
•    David Akers’ Killer Nachos
•    Randy Moss’ Shrimp Ceviche
•    A.J. Jenkins’ Fried Ravioli
•    Demarcus Dobbs’ Chicken Chimis
•    Mario Manningham’s Clam Chowder
•    Crabtree’s Pepperoni Pizza

You can follow up on those appetizers with complete dinners and specials of the evening beginning at 5:00 pm.

If you are one of those fortunate football fans who live on California’s Mendocino Coast, join us at North Coast Brewing’s Taproom & Grill at 3 pm this Sunday, February 3 and watch the San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in the 47th Super Bowl game. You can find us at the corner of Main and Pine Streets in Fort Bragg.

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