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Oregon Coast Jazz Party Celebrates Ten Years of Jazz

John-Clayton-(w)2World class jazz musicians will perform at the 10th annual Oregon Coast Jazz Party Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6. Concerts take place at the Newport Performing Arts Center and the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel in Newport. The Jazz Party features visiting musicians playing sets in a variety of groups – duos, trios, quartets and larger jam sessions – over the three day event.

This tenth season celebration has a great line up, including bassist John Clayton, trumpeter Terell Stafford, vocalist Jackie Ryan, tenor sax-man Rickey Woodward and guitarist Bruce Forman. A highlight of this year’s Party is the New York based Bill Charlap Trio, featuring pianist Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, recognized as one of the top trios in today’s jazz scene. Picante, one of Portland’s finest Afro-Cuban groups, will be a featured band at the Party.

Terell-Stafford-(w)1The full schedule and lineup are on the Jazz Party’s website, as is all information about tickets, educational clinics, a “Meet, Greet & Sign” socializer and an interactive jazz panel.

North Coast Brewing is the exclusive provider of beer for the Oregon Coast Jazz Party. Proceeds from sales support the educational jazz programs of the festival.

To launch the Party, North Coast will host a Brewmaster Dinner on Thursday, October 3 at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport to benefit the Oregon Coast Jazz Party.

North Coast’s President and Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich and Senior Vice President/Director of Sales Doug Moody will be at the dinner to talk about the beer, the pairings, and to answer questions. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with beer and cheese pairings and the five course dinner prepared by Chef Mike Downing begins at 7:00 pm.

Cheese Pairings:
Scrimshaw Pilsner paired with Anton’s Red Hot Love and savory scones
Le Merle Belgian Style Saison paired with Humboldt Fog and savory scones
Acme IPA paired with Mt Tam Triple Cream and savory scones

First Course:
PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale paired with Chef’s Ahi Poke

Second Course:
Le Merle Belgian Style Saison paired with fired seared white Mexican jumbo prawns, served over wilted arugula with warm roasted mango & candied ginger vinaigrette

Third Course:
Reduced North Coast Grand Cru sorbet

Fourth Course:
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale paired with braised ancho chili short ribs with wild mushroom polenta and white truffle oil finish

Fifth Course:
Old Stock Ale paired with spicy caramelized pineapple bread pudding, served with ancho chili white chocolate cream sauce and Old Stock Ale infused Chantilly cream

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What a grand beginning for what promises to be an extraordinary Jazz Party! Tickets for the Brewmaster Dinner are $61.62. The price includes the online transaction.

 

 

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It’s the Grand Cru: the Champagne of Beers!

Although Miller High Life has “Champagne of Beers” printed on the cans, the title truly belongs to North Coast Brewing Company’s Grand Cru. At almost $15 per bomber, a limited release, and 12.9% ABV (alcohol by volume), you really will be living the “High Life.”

The Grand Cru is one of many examples of a forward-looking brewery blurring the lines between traditional brewing styles. The Cru makes use of the widely available, yet typically uninspiring, pilsner malt, common in pale lagers and generally sold with 29 other companions. However, North Coast dresses up the modest malt by finishing the beer with agave nectar prior to aging it in bourbon barrels. The brewery then ferments the Cru with the same Belgian yeast strain used for their tart, fruity Saison. The combination of fruit/tart from the yeast and the muted sweetness of the agave gives the Cru its crisp, champagne-like flavor.

The beer pours a beautiful, slightly hazy gold color so perfect it made my mouth water. The head is a true-white and well-structured one, but it dissipates quickly, leaving a little white halo atop the glass. If you haven’t already noticed, this beer is quite aesthetically appealing.

Leaning in for the smell, I immediately notice cinnamon apples. Every whiff I took smelled like Mott’s applesauce dusted with cinnamon sugar. This was by no means a bad thing; cinnamon sugar apple sauce is a staple of any solid childhood (or mine at least).

The taste is crisp and dry, fruity and slightly tart with many small bubbles. The mouth feel is quite light and slightly sticky as a result of the agave nectar added near the end of the boil. Surprisingly, I failed to notice any bourbon or oak attributes throughout my tasting. Perhaps it served to mute the sweetness of the agave nectar, but otherwise I cannot find its fingerprints anywhere in the Grand Cru.

In all, the Grand Cru is a wonderful beer, but without its appearance, you might not even be sure it’s a beer. It could just as well pass itself off as a hearty cider or some strange champagne.

I shared the beer with several friends and roommates, and asked them to tell me what style of beer they tasted. I received a few tentative replies, but most people said they were unsure. The high alcohol content and light color suggest it may be some sort of Belgian quadruple ale but bourbon barrel aging is more common in heavier, maltier beers. This beer defies traditional brewing styles and can only be understood by a personal taste test. It’s not a quadruple, it’s not a Pilsner; it’s the Grand Cru: the champagne of beers.

from The Catalyst, the independent student newspaper of Colorado College

by staff writer Nate Childs

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Le Merle Wins Gold at Brussels Beer Challenge

North Coast Brewing Gold Medal for Le Merle at Brussels Beer ChallengeIs the best saison in the world made in Fort Bragg, California?

A panel of international judges at the Brussels Beer Challenge awarded the Gold Medal for Belgian Style Saison to an American beer—Le Merle from North Coast Brewing Co.

Le Merle bested all the competitive beers, including those brewed in Belgium, for the honor. “We see this as a landmark endorsement for the American Craft Brewing industry,” said Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich. “Our Belgian brothers have had a 600 year head start on us. Looks like we’ve made up for that.”

Luc De Raedemaeker, co-founder and tasting director of the Brussels Beer Challenge wrote to us, “Congratulations, your beer is really amazing and you deserve your gold medal in a truly classic Belgian style.”

Also honored at the Brussels Beer Challenge: North Coast Brewing’s Grand Cru: Bronze, Brut des Flanders

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

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North Coast Grand Cru and Le Merle Win Awards at Brussels Beer Challenge

Le Merle Wins Gold Medal at Brussels Beer ChallengeJudges awarded a gold medal in the “Pale & Amber Ale: Saison” category to Le Merle Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale in the Brussels Beer Challenge this past weekend, ahead of Belgian brewers!

Judges also awarded the North Coast Grand Cru a bronze medal in the “Specialty Beer: Brut” category.

Click here to view some truly delightful images of the judging process by photojournalist Olivier Vin.

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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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Review of Grand Cru

North Coast Brewing Grand CruFrom Suburban Cowgirl:

So, I tried a glass. And this beer? This beer is different. They weren’t kidding when they said it had a champagne-like taste, except this is less dry and easier to drink in my opinion than champagne….

Couple the sweet, easy taste and light hops with the bubbly drinkability of this brew and I must hereby declare: this is the best beer I’ve ever tried.

I’m not sure if that’s a compliment to the brewer or not, but I’m most definitely having a second glass.

Read the whole review here.

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Beer Dinner at 24 Diner in Austin

24 Diner, Austin Texas, Beer GlassesJoin 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

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Valentine's Day at the North Coast Brewing Taproom & Grill: Paired Oysters and Brews

Oysters and lemon wedgesAre Oysters the Perfect Love Food?

De Maupassant described them as “…small and rich, looking like little ears enfolded in shells, and melting between the palate and the tongue like salted sweets.”

Paired with our dizzying, appetizing, and refreshing Le Merle Saison, the champagne-like Grand Cru, and the dark, rich Old No. 38 Stout, it sounds like Valentine perfection to us.

Join us at the North Coast Brewing Taproom & Grill for Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, February 14, 2012; 444 North Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA), where we will be featuring the clean, mildly salty Drake’s Bays; the sweet, buttery, melon-flavored Kumamotos; and the clean, briny Barron Points. North Coast Brewing Le Merle, Old No. 38 Stout, and Grand Cru

Our Favorite West Coast Oysters:
Barron Point* (Puget Sound, WA): soft-textured, sweet, and musky

Blue Pool (Pacific variety, Hood Canal, WA): crunchy texture with a pronounced vegetable finish

Drake’s Estero* (Drake’s Bay, CA): tender and briny, with a touch of bitter herb

Hog Island Sweetwater (Pacific variety, Tomales Bay, CA): salty with crisp, grassy flavors and a sweet finish

Hog Island Atlantics (Atlantic variety, Tomales Bay, CA): intensely briny with a fruitiness

Kumamoto* (Tomales Bay, CA): small and mild with a creamy watermelon finish

Penn Cove Selects (Pacific variety, Samish Bay, WA): firm meats with a bright brininess and cucumber finish

*Oysters featured at our Taproom and Grill on Valentine’s Day

Try our favorite mignonette recipe with chopped fine fresh mint, fresh cilantro, and red jalapeno; diced fine shallots; rice vinegar; fresh lime juice; and black cracked pepper.

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North Coast Grand Cru

“[Like] VincNorth Coast Brewing Grand Cruent Price reading you a bedtime story.”

From Richard Bolster at Private Tap: “This ale is truly the champagne of bottle beers (Miller take note).” “[An] exquisite creation.”

Brewer Cameron: “North Coast does it again! …This beer floored me. …Everything about this beer is strong in a sophisticated way.”

Read the full reviews here:
Private Tap
| Brewer Cameron

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