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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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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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Old Stock Ale Vertical Tasting in Smithsonian Mag

Old Stock Vertical Pairing in Smithsonian photo by Alastair BlandFrom a great article by Alastair Bland in Smithsonian:

“In a dark cellar at North Coast Brewing Company, the beer bottles endured the slow crawl of time. Years plodded by, the Chinook salmon industry crashed, whales migrated past going north, then south, then north again, and one American president replaced the next—until finally, on a recent afternoon in August, five aged bottles of Old Stock Ale saw daylight. I was lucky enough to be there, along with the brewery’s owner, Mark Ruedrich, and the company’s two brewers, Patrick Broderick and Ken Kelley, for a very special event: a vertical tasting. In a vertical, the drinkers taste multiple bottles of progressively older vintages of the same beer (or wine) in order to observe how the beverage grows and matures (or, if it happens to be the case, deteriorates) through the years. We started with the 2012 Old Stock Ale, and we noted the 12-percent alcohol beer’s bright and fresh youth, with its sharp and brassy scents of prunes and sherry. Then we stepped back three years and found in the 2009 bottle a fudgier, thicker version of the last. Next, we re-entered the George W. Bush era and tasted the 2007. The sharp, vibrant esters of the beer’s younger days had softened into something bittersweet, with distinct notes of marmalade. We dug deeper still into the strata of the years, back to 2005. The beer was a shade darker now and with a slight tartness of acidity in the rich layers of flavor. Now, think back: Where were you in 2003? I was just entering a long and homeless stint of trekking through Baja California, when I could live on a dollar a day but didn’t know a pilsner from a porter—and when Ruedrich and his brewers were just putting caps on the fourth vintage of Old Stock Ale. Opened nine years later, the beer gave off a heavy, bready smell thickened with notes of molasses and whiskey. In the mouth, it was soft and creamy. And we went back further still, into another era of modern society—when the Fort Bragg salmon industry was still afloat, and when people everywhere could still walk through airport security with their shoes on and, no doubt, with a bottle of wine in their carry-on. And with just the slightest hiss of escaping gas, the 2001 Old Stock came open—a creamy, thick, velvety beer of time-reduced carbonation but still delicious and alive. “Is there a point where this beer peaks?” I asked. “We haven’t seen it yet,” Ruedrich said of the Old Stock, which was first released in 2000. Want to have your own private vertical tasting of Old Stock Ale? Aged cases of this remarkable beer will soon be for sale, Ruedrich promises. Watch the North Coast Brewing Company’s website.”

Read the whole article here.

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John Ash Benefit for Mendocino Music Festival

John Ash with North Coast Brewing's Mark Ruedrich and Doug MoodyRenowned California wine country chef John Ash dazzled a sold-out crowd of Mendocino Music Festival supporters at North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room on Wednesday night, April 25. The James Beard Award-winning chef created a spectacular menu, collaborating with North Coast Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich. Each course was paired with a North Coast Brewing beer so successfully it was generally agreed that it was difficult to determine where the food ended and the drink began.

The evening represented a continuation of North Coast’s support of the arts with 100% of the proceeds going to the Mendocino Music Festival, for which the brewery is a sponsor. Among North Coast Brewing’s other music sponsorships are the Monterey, San Francisco, and Healdsburg Jazz festivals, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the Redwood Coast Jazz Alliance, the American Jazz Museum, and Ensemble VIII, a Texas-based early music group.

Menu from John Ash dinner at North Coast Brewing, 2012Ash is a well-established culinary figure and educator who first came into national prominence in 1985 when he was named as one of the “hot new chefs” by Food and Wine. Since then, among other accomplishments, he has opened John Ash & Co. restaurant; taught regularly at the Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) Greystone facility; been the Culinary Director at Fetzer Vineyards; served as dean of the Brown-Forman Center for Global Wine Education; written three books; received both the James Beard and Julia Child awards; contributed to the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as well as numerous other publications; and taught, lectured, and consulted on culinary matters for decades. He is truly one of the community’s living treasures.

Ruedrich is well known throughout the Craft brewing community as a brewer who consistently produces exceptional beers garnering critical recognition. His beers have received Gold Medal awards at the Great American Beer Fest, the World Beer Championships, the World Beer Cup, the Stockholm Beer Fest, and the Hong Kong Beer Fest, among many others. This marks the third occasion that Ash and Ruedrich have collaborated on food/beer pairings, and each one has been grander than the last. There already have been requests for a repeat performance by the duo. Stay tuned.

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Vic & Anthony's Features North Coast Brewing in Houston

North Coast Brewing's Old Stock Ale, Le Merle, and Grand CruChef Michael O’Connor of Houston’s nationally-known steakhouse collaborated with Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich to develop a menu of showcase pairings. Read the full press release here.

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Swedish paper praises Brother Thelonious

Brother Thelonious in DNBrother 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.

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North Coast Brewing Announces Release of Barrel-Aged Old Stock Cellar Reserve

North Coast Brewing Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve 2009North Coast Brewing Co. has just released a special batch of its award-winning Old Stock Ale. The vintage 2009 brew has been aged for 18 months in oak Bourbon barrels and has been called by Brewmaster, Mark Ruedrich, “One of the most exciting beers we’ve produced since we began our barrel aging program back in 1998.” Old Stock Cellar Reserve is bottled in a distinctively decorated 500 ml bottle with a cork and wire finish and has gone to a limited number of distributors in select markets.

See the complete press release.

Stellar Reviews

Anchorage Press Review: “I was totally unprepared for the onslaught of rich complexity, intense flavor and stellar balance coming out of my brandy snifter of this incredible stuff.”

BeerGeekNation Review (including video!): “The aging process gives this world-class beer an added layer of complexity.”

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Supporting America's Art Form

 

Monterey Jazz Festival boardmember Client Eastwood with Mark Ruedrich

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

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TAP Beer of the Week 11: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

“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.

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Beer & Soccer Series: What’s Your Yankee Brew?

“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.

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