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.
Posted in Acme Ale, Blue Star, Brother Thelonious, California, Le Merle, Old No. 38 Stout, Old Rasputin, Old Stock Ale, PranQster, Red Seal Ale, Reviews, Scrimshaw
Tagged Beer aged in Bourbon Barrels, Brewmaster, Mark Ruedrich, Mendocino coast, North Coast Brewing Co.
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.
As Reviewed in Ale Evangelism:
“Old Stock Ale by North Coast Brewing is one of life’s great pleasures. I know, I know, BEER is one of life’s great pleasures, but among those pleasures, Old Stock Ale ought to be placed on a high pedestal and enjoyed slowly and thoroughly. But the Cellar Reserve variety? Well, it truly ought to be on a pedestal on top of a pedestal. Why does it deserve this precarious perch? Read on, my ale-loving reader…read on…”
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.