Mark Ruedrich, brewmaster, with Monterey Jazz Fest boardmember, Clint Eastwood
We travelled to Monterey in September to take part in the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running Jazz event in the world. For the fifth straight year, North Coast was the sponsoring brewery for the Jazz festival (having replaced Anheuser-Busch). The brewery first came to the attention to the festival organizers upon the release of our “Brother Thelonious,” the beer honoring Jazz icon Thelonious Monk, in April of 2006. Read More
“It’s loaded with chocolate and coffee aromas, some roasty notes and bready yeast. It’s a rich mouthful, sweet, even luscious, but nicely balanced by the hops.” Read the whole review by Tom Bedell here.
“With beers I typically burn out on favorites in a year or less and may gradually come back to them. Well, the Scrimshaw Pilsner-style brew from North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg, NorCal has been my favorite beer for over two years now. It’s solid, does not pop our taste buds like a Belgium. In short, it’s not a distraction from the game and it’s pure quality. A perfect brew, and not only for your run-of-the-mill friendly.” Read the whole article at The Shin Guardian.
North 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.
North Coast Brewing completed the celebration of its 20th anniversary on Sunday, September 7. The festivities began on Friday evening with a banquet honoring many of those in the industry who had contributed to the brewery’s success. That was followed by a beer and cheese tasting on Saturday as a benefit for the Coast Humane Society. The event featured artisan cheeses paired with North Coast brews including Brother Thelonious, Old Stock Ale, Le Merle and others.
The weekend culminated on Sunday with a sell-out concert by the New Orleans group, the subdudes, that was attended by over 900 very enthusiastic fans. North Coast Brewing sponsored the concert as a fund raiser for the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and the North Coast Salmon Fisheries.
The brewery is proud to have been an important part of the Mendocino Coast community for twenty years as an employer, a social hub and a contributor to making life here even more idyllic.
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.
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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