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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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Le Merle featured in Bon Appetit

NCBC Le Merle 375 ml“What begins as floral and effervescent, like a chilly white wine, finishes with a fruity fullness.”

Read the whole article from Bon Appetit here. | See our print PDF press release here.

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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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Le Merle Review

NCBC Le Merle 375 mlLe Merle: a blackbird that has you singing, a review on Billy’s Beer Blog

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The Thanksgiving Beer List: Le Merle & Brother Thelonious  – a review from CraftBeer.com

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Le Merle Named Best Cult Brew by SF Weekly

NCBC Le MerleSF Weekly has named Le Merle
Best Cult Brew:

“…North Coast’s Le Merle…is the perfect fusion between American and Belgian brewing traditions.”

Read more here

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Introducing Le Merle

NCBC Le MerleOur new Belgian Farmhouse Style Ale

(Saison) called Le Merle—The Blackbird— is now widely available at retail outlets in 750ml corked and wired bottles. This subtle, sophisticated beer has already gotten some critical endorsement. It’s lovely stuff traditionally brewed using a unique Belgian yeast strain.

Le Merle clothing now available, see our online store!

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