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John Ash Benefit for Mendocino Music Festival

John Ash with North Coast Brewing's Mark Ruedrich and Doug MoodyRenowned California wine country chef John Ash dazzled a sold-out crowd of Mendocino Music Festival supporters at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Wednesday night, April 25. The James Beard Award-winning chef created a spectacular menu, collaborating with North Coast Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich. Each course was paired with a North Coast Brewing beer so successfully it was generally agreed that it was difficult to determine where the food ended and the drink began.

The evening represented a continuation of North Coast’s support of the arts with 100% of the proceeds going to the Mendocino Music Festival, for which the brewery is a sponsor. Among North Coast Brewing’s other music sponsorships are the Monterey, San Francisco, and Healdsburg Jazz festivals, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the Redwood Coast Jazz Alliance, the American Jazz Museum, and Ensemble VIII, a Texas-based early music group.

Menu from John Ash dinner at North Coast Brewing, 2012Ash is a well-established culinary figure and educator who first came into national prominence in 1985 when he was named as one of the “hot new chefs” by Food and Wine. Since then, among other accomplishments, he has opened John Ash & Co. restaurant; taught regularly at the Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) Greystone facility; been the Culinary Director at Fetzer Vineyards; served as dean of the Brown-Forman Center for Global Wine Education; written three books; received both the James Beard and Julia Child awards; contributed to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as well as numerous other publications; and taught, lectured, and consulted on culinary matters for decades. He is truly one of the community’s living treasures.

Ruedrich is well known throughout the Craft brewing community as a brewer who consistently produces exceptional beers garnering critical recognition. His beers have received Gold Medal awards at the Great American Beer Fest, the World Beer Championships, the World Beer Cup, the Stockholm Beer Fest, and the Hong Kong Beer Fest, among many others. This marks the third occasion that Ash and Ruedrich have collaborated on food/beer pairings, and each one has been grander than the last. There already have been requests for a repeat performance by the duo. Stay tuned.

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Save the Date: Chef John Ash Returns to North Coast Brewing April 25, 2012

Brewmaster Dinner with John Ash
6 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | Fort Bragg, California
Sequoia Room, North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill
SOLD OUT

Pears Poached in North Coast Brewing Old Stock AleCelebrity chef John Ash is returning to North Coast Brewing for another memorable dinner benefiting the Mendocino Music Festival. Ash, a well-known restaurateur and educator, will once again work with Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich to prepare a menu demonstrating the delicious synergy between North Coast Brewing beers and Ash’s exquisite offerings. In a continuation of its long-term support of the arts, North Coast Brewing will again be the presenting sponsor of the Mendocino Music Festival, now in its 26th year.

All proceeds benefit the Mendocino Music Festival, www.mendocinomusic.com

Click here for a printable PDF of the press release.
Click here for a PDF of the menu.

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Lemon Pilsner Cake Recipe Featuring Scrimshaw

North Coast Brewing Scrimshaw PilsnerThanks to Jackie Dodd for sending us her recipe for Lemon Pilsner Cake using Scrimshaw. Jackie says:

“If you have ever had the opportunity to talk to a brewmaster, you have seen it. You’ve seen that look that lets you know that there is an art and a respect for what they do that goes far past what most Americans experience at their day jobs. The look that tells you that the paycheck isn’t the reason he does the job. The flavors, the journey, the solving of the problems that yield to an end result of a drinkable, shareable masterpiece. You’ve seen that look.

“It’s because of that look that I try to create recipes that respect the years of love and hard work that go into the process of making Craft Beer. I had the idea of making a lemon cake with pilsner, but the issue is always the hops. Hops are a hard ingredient to cook and bake with, given that they often reduce to a very bitter product. Scrimshaw Pilsner, while still a pilsner, has a low, and well balanced hop taste. It is also from one of my favorite breweries, North Coast, that produces an incredible variety of craft beer. And you can bet that if you are ever lucky enough to take a tour of the brewery, you will see that look I’m talking about, all over the place.”

See the recipe and full post at her blog, The Beeroness.

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Vic & Anthony's Features North Coast Brewing in Houston

North Coast Brewing's Old Stock Ale, Le Merle, and Grand CruChef Michael O’Connor of Houston’s nationally-known steakhouse collaborated with Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich to develop a menu of showcase pairings. Read the full press release here.

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Swedish paper praises Brother Thelonious

Brother Thelonious in DNBrother Thelonius (# 1588, 24.95 Swedish kronas, 355 ml) is made by North Coast Brewing Company, located just north of San Francisco.  This ale plays on the brewery’s finer taste bud harmonies, and pays tribute to the jazz musician Thelonius Monk.  It displays a reddish-brown teak-color and a heavy foam crown.  The well-balanced aroma hints at rye bread and flowery chamomile.  The flavor is sweeter than the scent and doesn’t deliver the same knock-out punch that Mark Ruedrich often prefers. Article here.

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North Coast Brewing Teams with Whole Foods and Haddington's for Beer Dinner

New restaurant Haddington’s in Austin, Texas recently featured North Coast Brewing in a Beer Dinner pairing craft brews with artisanal cheeses. Read more….North Coast Brewing Le Merle cheese pairing

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Brewmaster Dinner And Conversations with Mark and John

Chef John Ash, Mendocino Music FestivalCome join us on April 27th for an exceptional dining experience featuring the beers of North Coast Brewing and the culinary creations of Chef John Ash.

Over the past 23 years, under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the North Coast Brewing Company has developed a worldwide reputation for quality, having won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions.

John Ash, one of America’s best known chefs, is an author, educator and restaurateur.   He is an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in the Napa Valley, and has also hosted his own TV show on the Food Network.

For this special dinner in the Sequoia Room at the North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill, Chef Ash has collaborated with Brewmaster Ruedrich to create a menu designed to demonstrate the synergy between great food and the world’s most food-friendly beverage—beer.

North Coast Brewing, presenting sponsor of the twenty-fifth season of the Mendocino Music Festival, is donating 100% of the dinner proceeds to the Mendocino Music Festival.  This Brewmaster dinner is a wonderful example of NCBC’s support of the music arts, and charitable giving in our community. We hope to see you April 27th.

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North Coast Brewing Announces Release of Barrel-Aged Old Stock Cellar Reserve

North Coast Brewing Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve 2009North Coast Brewing Co. has just released a special batch of its award-winning Old Stock Ale. The vintage 2009 brew has been aged for 18 months in oak Bourbon barrels and has been called by Brewmaster, Mark Ruedrich, “One of the most exciting beers we’ve produced since we began our barrel aging program back in 1998.” Old Stock Cellar Reserve is bottled in a distinctively decorated 500 ml bottle with a cork and wire finish and has gone to a limited number of distributors in select markets.

See the complete press release.

Stellar Reviews

Anchorage Press Review: “I was totally unprepared for the onslaught of rich complexity, intense flavor and stellar balance coming out of my brandy snifter of this incredible stuff.”

BeerGeekNation Review (including video!): “The aging process gives this world-class beer an added layer of complexity.”

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North Coast, Truffles, and the Publican (Chicago)

The PublicanNorth Coast brewmaster Mark Ruedrich recently teamed-up with James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan to stage an amazing dinner at Chicago’s Publican restaurant. The restaurant, which is the go-to spot in the city’s trendy Fulton Market district, features pork and seafood dishes that are pristine and simply prepared. The bar offerings are “beer-centric,” among the best to be found anywhere and are served in an environment with communal tables reminiscent of a European beer hall. There was a truffle focus to the evening’s menu and each of Chef Kahan’s dishes was paired with a different North Coast beer:

• Kushi oysters and Nantucket scallops with Bergamot oil and white Alba truffles. Le Merle Belgian-style Saison Ale

• Buckwheat capellini alla chittara with brown butter, pine nuts, Parmesan vechi rosa and white Alba truffles. PranQster Belgian-style Golden Ale

• Smoked Pekin duck breast and sausage with rutabaga, dried apricots, and black Perigord truffles. Brother Thelonious Belgian-style Abbey Ale

• Braised beef tongue with candied niçoise olives and black Perigord truffles. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

• Dark chocolate financier with sour cherries, cherry pit ice cream and black Perigord truffles. 2010 Old Stock Ale

At $125 per ticket, over 200 appreciative folks agreed that it was a bargain!!!

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North Coast Brewing Collaborates in DC Fundraiser

Moody, Monk, and Eubanks

North Coast Senior VP Doug Moody (right) with T.S. Monk III (left) and Kevin Eubanks (center), at Brasserie Beck in Washington D.C., a Brewmaster Dinner fundraiser for Monk Institute that preceded the annual scholarship competition.

Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Brasserie Beck is well known in the Washington DC area both for its selection of over 100 Belgian beers and its award-winning kitchen. On October 3, 2010, the Brasserie collaborated with North Coast Brewing Co., pairing our American-brewed Belgian-style beers with an exciting menu. The dinner was a fundraiser for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The sold-out event was attended by the Institute’s Chairman, T.S. Monk III, and Kevin Eubanks, former musical director of The Tonight Show, now director of the Institute’s Jazz in the Classroom program, as well as NCBC founders, President Mark Ruedrich, Executive VP Tom Allen and Senior VP Doug Moody. Read more.

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