Join us Monday, April 2, 2012 at 24 Diner in Austin, Texas, for a North Coast Brewing Beer Dinner.
Open 24/7 with a great menu, they’re devoting the entire restaurant for the evening to the North Coast Brewing event. North Coast Brewing co-founder Tom Allen will present the beers and give some historic background on the brewery; Chef Andrew Curran’s menu includes five courses, each paired with a North Coast beer. If you’ve ever been curious to try Chocolate-Rubbed South Texas Antelope with Creamed Leeks and Cherry Lime Jam, paired with Old Rasputin, this is your chance! Read the full menu here.
24 Diner | 600 North Lamar Blvd. | Austin, Texas
Monday, April 2, 2012 | 7 pm
Brother 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.
“Beer and Jazz are seldom mentioned in the same circles, however craft beer and jazz are increasingly finding the same home. The North Coast Brewing Co. has celebrated this fact with their Belgian Dark Strong Ale called Brother Thelonious. Anyone passionate about jazz music should instantly pair the name to Thelonious Monk, a marvel jazz pianist who is known as one of the giants of American music. The name pairs so well with this beer because it is a style traditionally brewed by monks. So there you have it, the Brother Thelonious is a Belgian Abbey Style beer brewed in a style made famous by monks, and to honor Thelonious Monk.
“What we have here then is one of America’s most masterful breweries brining to us a historic beer style mastered by Belgian Monks, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Brother Thelonious goes to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which allows the world’s most promising young musicians the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of America’s jazz masters. I’m impressed. Not to mention that the beer is 9.4% abv, and claims a classic mahogany red color – I’d say that so far Brother Thelonious has hit all the right notes.
“The mouthfeel is soft and easy with a light silky character and moderate carbonation. It will finish clean and lightly crisp at first when it is colder, but eventually becomes a warming and more soothing drink as the ambient room temperature gets to it. I would enjoy this beer with just about anyone, and with a wide variety of foods. Creamy and old cheeses will work very well here, so will roasted meats, anything from the grill, or chocolate or fruit based desserts.”
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
North Coast Brewing was well received at the recent BTI World Beer Championships in Chicago scoring three medals (2 Golds and a Silver). The Brewery’s 20th Anniversary Ale, an amazing beer brewed with agave nectar, scored a 93 in the professional blind tasting and was awarded a Gold Medal as was Le Merle Belgian Style Saison with a score of 90. Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale was close behind with a rating of 89. This recognition solidifies North Coast’s preeminence as a brewer of Belgian style ales and teams these beers with their Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale which has won four Gold Medals at the World Beer Championships as well as medals at the Great American Beer Fest and the World Beer Cup.
Nobody can deny the distinctive signature of Thelonious Monk‘s music. Written for simple piano, bass, and drums, it is a remarkable blending of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Now, expand his conception into a quintet setting and the challenge as Monk would say, to “lift the bandstand,” presents itself to the musicians and arrangers.
Assigning such a task to six distinguished graduates of The Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz finds the music in great hands. Featuring a core quintet of Helen Sung (piano), Alan Hampton (bass), James Alsenders (drums), Wayne Escoffery (tenor saxophone), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) and adding vocalist Gretchen Parlato on one track, the group recorded six Monk classic compositions and four original tracks. The music was produced by North Coast Brewing Company, maker of a very nice dark Belgian-style ale called Brother Thelonious, with a painting of Monk on the label, piously dressed as a monk.
All the proceeds of the sale of this fabulous disc go The Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz, as if we need another reason to pour a cold one when listening to Brother Thelonious.