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North Coast Beers & Claire Daly Quartet Share the Stage at D.C.’s Blues Alley

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March 26 – 29 is an exciting time for NCBC. Our sales reps, along with President Mark Ruedrich and Vice President Doug Moody, will attend the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo, along with 6,000 other craft brewing professionals, to share information, attend a wide range of seminars and immerse themselves in the world of breweries and brew pubs.

While in the nation’s capital, North Coast will present the Claire Daly Quartet at Blues Alley on Tuesday, March 26. Called the nation’s finest jazz and supper club by the New York Times, it’ll be a swingin’ night at Blues Alley with the Claire Daly Quartet performing selections from their latest CD “Baritone Monk” and five North Coast beers – Brother Thelonious, Old Rasputin, PranQster, Le Merle and Scrimshaw – sharing the spotlight. Fifty percent of beer sales from this evening will be donated to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

 

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Food Pairing: Brother Thelonious with Beef Tenderloin and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce

North Coast Brewing’s Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich joined Loretta Evans, Food & Beverage Manager, to create a five-course meal featuring North Coast Brewing’s award-winning ales paired with wild mushroom dishes. You can re-create parts of the the meal or glean ideas for your own feast. In most of the recipes you can substitute mushrooms you find in your local market. We think you’ll enjoy the synergy of our hand-crafted ales paired with food.

Main Course: North Coast Brewing Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale and Beef Tenderloin with Sauteed Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce

Brother Thelonious Bottles and PourOld Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce (make in advance)
Huckleberries grow wild in great abundance on the Mendocino Coast. Locals often harvest them in late summer or early fall, freeze them in pint containers, and enjoy them year round. You can use fresh or dehydrated blueberries or wild Maine blueberries as a substitute.

Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh huckleberries
40 oz. Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout
10 oz. beef stock
10 whole black peppercorns
5 fresh sage leaves

Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 2 hours. Strain and return sauce to pan on low heat. Continue to reduce until sauce is desired thickness, about another two hours.

Sautéed Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms
Ingredients:
1 lb. Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms (also known as maitake mushrooms)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

Heat oil and butter in a pan; add mushrooms and sauté until tender.

Beef Tenderloin
Use your favorite beef tenderloin recipe (here’s an easy one). Slice and top with sautéed mushrooms and Old Rasputin Huckleberry Sauce.

Serve with a glass of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

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The Jazz Kitchen to Host Dinner Featuring North Coast Brewing Company Craft Beers

The Jazz Kitchen, located at 5377 N College Ave, Indianapolis IN, will host a dinner on Thursday, January 24 at 7 pm featuring the brews of North Coast Brewing paired with unique food offerings prepared by Chef/Owner David Allee. Tickets are $35, including tax and gratuity and can be purchased online at thejazzkitchen.com or by phone at 317 253-4900.

Four course North Coast Brewing Dinner Menu:
North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner paired with Shrimp Etoufee
Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale paired with Red Seal marinated Flat Iron Steak
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale paired with Roasted Root Vegetable Stack Andouille Mashed Potato
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout Float + Chocolate Truffles

North Coast Brewing’s John Bisson will lead the educational part of the event to help prepare guests for the Brewers Guild of Indiana Winterfest 2013 beer tasting festival on Saturday, January 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.

THE JAZZ KITCHEN
The Jazz Kitchen is a prominent jazz club and restaurant in Indianapolis, Indiana. The club showcases local, regional and national jazz acts. Opening in 1994, The Jazz Kitchen was voted one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world in 2009 by Down Beat magazine. In 2009, a year of significant changes for the jazz club, a “smoke-free” policy was adopted and the corporate partnership of The Jazz Kitchen, Owl Studios and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation took over production of the Indy Jazz Fest, an annual festival held in September.  Facebook.com/indyjazzkitchen or @thejazzkitchen

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Beer Review: Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

From a wonderful review of Brother Thelonious on Black Metals and Brews:

Brother Thelonious Brand Image“Much like the remarkable pianist this beer shares a name with, Brother Thelonious is more complex than any easy description will permit. To call Monk’s music “jazz” is to sell him short, packaging him besides easy listening artists and not the kinetic and soulful madness that jazz once represented. To give this beer a simple title is also inappropriate. While the beer pours a dark amber with a nice thick head, and has an absolutely captivating scent, it’s not an experience that can be understood with one or two sips and a glance at the glass. This beer is something you understand more deeply as you near the bottle’s end. Crisp flavors of caramel and raisin play on my tongue, while the liquid itself slides across my palate more smoothly than a beer this rich normally would. Drinking Brother Thelonious is like a slow and playful seduction, with each sip lingering just enough to create a tense anticipation for the next.  An experiment I recommend (and how I first was introduced to this beer) is to try drinking this at room temperature. I first learned of this beer at a traditional pub, where none of the beers were served at the icy temperatures many of us Americans are accustomed to. While I was initially confused, I still was blown away by how incredible this beer tasted. That was four years ago. I’m still finding new excuses to lose myself in Brother Thelonious, and I hope this review will encourage you to do the same.”

Read the whole review here.

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North Coast Brewing on the News in New Hampshire

Some friends in New Hampshire sent us a clip from a radio show where they mentioned our Red Seal Ale and Brother Thelonious. Enjoy!

Click here to download the mp3.

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We're Proud to Announce the Release of Baritone Monk: The Claire Daly Quartet, A CD Benefitting Jazz Education

Baritone Monk CD Front

We’re proud to announce the release of our new CD, Baritone Monk: The Claire Daly Quartet performing the music of Thelonious Monk, featuring Claire Daly on baritone saxophone, flute, and vocals; Steve Hudson on piano; Peter Grant on drums; and Mary Ann McSweeney on bass. 100% of sales proceeds from the CD are donated to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to further international Jazz education programs.

Click here to listen to music clips from the CD
Click here to purchase online

“Claire Daly’s marvelous tribute to Monk’s music reminds us of that special affinity, of Monk’s penchant for the lower frequencies and the big, full sound he expected from his ensemble. Monk’s music is notoriously difficult, though you wouldn’t know it from this recording. Daly’s superb quartet combines a mastery of Monk’s less-recorded repertoire with the casual joy of a jam session. Pianist Steve Hudson avoids Monkish clichés, displaying his own unique style to great effect. Bassist Mary Ann McSweeney plays with a profound sense of melody, swing, and harmonic imagination, and unlike so many young bass players she is not afraid to explore the instrument’s lower register. Peter Grant, a long-time Daly collaborator, gives the band its driving pulse but with a subtlety that allows all voices to be heard. Finally, there is Claire Daly, whose breadth of styles, enormous tone, and distinctive phrasing place her among the very best of contemporary baritone players.”
—from the liner notes by Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (2009)

Your support of this CD supports Jazz education. Click here for a printable version of this flyer.

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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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Everything's Big in Texas

North-Coast-Dinner-JazzNorth Coast Brewing at Coco BarNorth Coast Brewing has just completed a couple of high-profile, sellout beer dinners at some of the most-happening spots in Texas. Coco Bar in El Paso was the site of a great food/beer/music evening co-hosted by Audrey Kiefer, North Coast’s Texas Sales Manager, and Chef Julio. One of the favorite pairings of the evening was savory lamb sliders which were a great match for Red Seal Ale. Marty Olivas and his jazz group, Case Closed, provided some first-rate sounds including some Thelonious Monk tunes in tribute to, guess what, our Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

North Coast Beers with Chocolate CakeThat was followed by a memorable evening at Rudyard’s British Pub in Houston. Audrey Kiefer teamed with co-founder, Tom Allen to represent the brewery while Chef Joe Apa and his crew handled the food duties. The menu was a Texas tour-de-force with each dish incorporating a beer ingredient to match the accompanying ale. A smoked trout pate with Scrimshaw Pilsner started the meal followed by Venison sliders with Red Seal Ale and Texas wild boar cassoulet with Brother Thelonious. A chocolate flan made with Old Rasputin rounded out the dinner. It was a landmark event capped off by a round of standing applause from the well-fed and  thirst-slaked capacity crowd.

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North Coast Brewing Extends Its Long-Term Partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival

Terence Blanchard at the Monterey Jazz FestivalSupport Jazz with us at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Sept. 21–23, 2012!

North Coast Brewing will be the Official Beer of the Monterey Jazz Festival through 2014. Now in our seventh year of partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival, we are the longest continuous financial supporter of the Festival. A strong supporter of Jazz education, we have also been a longtime contributor to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, making donations for every case of Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale sold.

“The guys on the management team here at North Coast have been hardcore Jazz fans for decades, and traveling to Monterey to take part in the Jazz Festival has been a much-anticipated annual highlight for us for the past seven years,” said Doug Moody, Senior VP and Director of Sales. “It’s been a privilege for us to be associated with both the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and to be able to contribute in some measure to this American art form.”

“Monterey Jazz Festival is honored to extend our long-standing partnership with North Coast Brewing, whose commitment to the art of Jazz is admirable. Our organizations share similar values and we are proud to exclusively offer their award-winning craft beers to our patrons,” said Chris Doss, Managing Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of Jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience Jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. The Festival, now in its 55th year, is the world’s longest continuously running Jazz festival.

In addition to partnering with the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, North Coast Brewing is also a supporter of other Jazz organizations, including the Redwood Jazz Alliance, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the American Jazz Museum, the Oregon Coast Jazz Party, and We Always Swing.

Click here to view a printable PDF of this press release.

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Artist Eduardo Smissen and the Brother Thelonious Packaging

Artist Eduardo Smissen painting the Brother Thelonious brand image

The Artist: Eduardo Smissen in his studio working on the Brother Thelonious painting; Photo by Joelle Signorelli

Brother Thelonious Brand Image

The Result: Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

North Coast Brewing Company has always supported regional creative talent in the distinctive beer imagery that goes with each of their brews. When it came to the creation of the Brother Thelonious beer, we sought out the talent of local Mendocino artist Eduardo Smissen. The resulting packaging design by Colored Horse Studios featuring his spirited painting of Thelonious Monk as a Belgian Abbey Monk highlighted one of the most successful beer launches for North Coast Brewing, and won a Gold Medal in the Creativity Category from the Beverage Testing Institute’s World Beer Championships Packaging Competition. More of Smissen’s work can be seen on his website at http://eduardosmissen.com/

Why is a skull on the Brother Thelonious label?
From Eduardo: It’s a “memento mori,” a Latin phrase that may be freely translated as “Remember that you are mortal,” “Remember you will die,” or “Remember your death.” It names a genre of artistic creations that vary widely from one another, but which all share the same purpose, which is to remind people of their own mortality. The chief thrust of “memento mori” was the theme of “carpe diem,” “seize the day,” which  entailed the advice to “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” And as the motto for North Coast Brewing is “Carpe Diem Vita Brevis”—”Life is short, seize the day”—I thought it an appropriate Style for the Brother Thelonious label.

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