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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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North Coast Brewing Participates in Mendocino County Crab, Wine & Beer Fest 2013

North Coast Brewing Scrimshaw PilsnerNorth Coast Brewing is pleased to participate in this annual festival that celebrates local breweries, wineries, and Pacific Ocean Dungeness Crab, while raising funds for local non-profit organizations.

We are donating Scrimshaw Pilsner, Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale, and Acme Pale Ale to the Cioppino Dinner on Friday, January 25 that benefits Mendocino Coast Clinics. This family-style dinner has three seatings: 4:30, 6:00 & 8:00 pm.

Loretta Evans, North Coast Brewery’s Food & Beverage Manager, is participating in the Professional Judges and the People’s Choice Crab Cake Cook-Off Competitions.

On Friday, January 24, she’ll make her specialty crab cakes for six celebrity judges and the next day, between 12 noon and 3:00 pm, Loretta and her team will make 500 crab cakes for the People’s Choice Cook-Off that also benefits Mendocino Coast Clinics. North Coast Brewing will pour Le Merle Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale to pair with the crab cakes.

Click here to purchase dinner tickets and People’s Choice Crab Cake Cook-Off tickets and get directions to the venues.

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Join Us at the Taproom for the Playoff

If you’re fortunate enough to live on the Mendocino Coast, you can watch the playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers this Saturday night, January 12th, at North Coast Brewing’s Taproom or on the big screen in the Sequoia Room.

Enjoy North Coast’s great brews and the special football appetizers created exclusively for this playoff by Loretta Evans, North Coast Brewing’s Food & Beverage Manager:

  • Kaepernick’s Buffalo Wings with house made blue cheese dressing and dipping veggies
  • Vernon Davis Sausage Bites
  • Sourdough Sam’s Garlic Waffle Fries
  • Cheese Head Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza
  • Alex Smith’s Eggs from Hell (spicy pickled eggs)
  • Frank Gore’s Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Cream Cheese

You can follow up on those appetizers with complete dinners and specials of the evening. The Taproom opens at 4:00 and the Sequoia room at 5:00.

Don’t miss the big playoff game at North Coast Brewing’s Taproom and Grill, located on the big corner of Main and Pine Streets in Fort Bragg.

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Audio Interview with Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich on Beer Obsessed

Thanks to BeerObsessed for posting his great interview with Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich! Here’s an excerpt from his blog post.

Thanks to Mark Ruedrich and North Coast Brewing Co. for taking the time to do the interview and for his hospitality in general.

We talk about why he came to Fort Bragg (mainly due to his love of Steinbeck and tidepools).  We talk distribution: how far and wide North Coast beers are (45 states and 7 countries). Also plenty of great info on his beers, how he formulated Old Rasputin, other beers, etc.  The last third of the interview is a tour on the production floor including: the brew system, fermentation tanks, bottling, and his cold storage area. Mark talks about future expansion and also a bit about his barrel program (yes, more good things to come in barrels).

Navigate over to BeerObsessed to hear the interview.

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Old Rasputin is Beer of the Month in LA Times

North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin pourOld Rasputin is featured as the Beer of the Month in the LA Times! Here’s what they said about it:

Old Rasputin is a Russian imperial stout, meaning that it’s very dark (it pours nearly black with a very high tan head) and alcoholic (9% by volume), but you taste very little sweetness. That’s because of a bitterness level toward the top of the IPA range, though it doesn’t register in the palate as bitter, rather as a dryness cleaning up after all the malt.

Don’t think of it as you would a sweet stout; its overwhelming taste impression resembles dark coffee. Like coffee, Old Rasputin could be comfortable with most traditional American foods, even steak and eggs with hash browns.

Style: A broad-shouldered, super-dark brew ready for anything.

Click here to read the whole review | Download this as a printable PDF

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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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