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Eleventh Portland Jazz Festival February 20th through March 2nd 2014 in the City of Portland, Oregon

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The Portland Jazz Festival, in its 11th season this year, is presented each February in Portland, Oregon as a tourism initiative in celebration of Black History Month. Produced by PDX Jazz, a non-profit cultural arts organization, in partnership with Travel Portland, the Festival’s mission is to inspire, educate and develop future jazz audiences for generations to come. North Coast Brewing is proud to be the Official Beer Sponsor of the Portland Jazz Festival in support of its mission.

The Festival presents internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local jazz musicians. This season’s headliners include Winton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Ahmad Jamal, Dave Frishberg, Pat Metheny, Jack De Johnette, Esperanza Spaulding and Eliane Elias, amongst others. In addition to the beer sponsorship, North Coast Brewing is sponsoring two concerts: Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band and the Helen Sung Quartet. Also of special note is a performance by jazz pianist extraordinaire and longtime friend of North Coast, Geoffrey Keeser.

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A series of jazz education and outreach programs that extend into the Portland schools and neighborhoods is at the heart of the annual event. Many of the performers engage in “jazz conversations” that are free to the public. Some of the performances by local musicians are free to the public and some have a minimal ticket price.

The Festival is held around the City of Portland in multiple venues ranging from intimate spaces that seat or 100 or less to a number of theaters that seat between 800 and 3,500 audience members. For more information and a complete schedule of performances, conversations and special events, go to the Portland Jazz Festival website.

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Mack Daddy Beef Stew is a Hearty, Filling, Warm and Fuzzy Meal with a Magic Ingredient: Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale

Recipe and directions by Erin Lockett
Photos by Neil Ruud
Erin Lockett is a food science student at UC Davis and focuses her studies on beer making.  As you will see, she’s a big fan of Brother Thelonious Belgian-Style Abbey Ale. We think her beer making studies are off to a great start!

Now that the thought of going outside chills me to the bone, I suppose it’s appropriate to start making some hearty, filling, warm and fuzzy meals. Mack Daddy Beef Stew is all that. Named for the confidence oozing from Thelonious Monk’s depiction on the label, this recipe uses Brother Thelonious, a malty, Belgian-style ale, which puts this stew on a whole ‘nother plane of existence in the flavor department.

BT-stew-5-Neil-Ruud(w)Ingredients
1 ½ lb chuck, cut into ½ inch cubes
¼ lb bacon, cut into ¼ inch slices
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ can tomato paste
1 cup Brother Thelonious beer
2 cups beef broth
1 potato, russet or gold, cut into mouth-manageable chunks
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
½ cup flour
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, minced

Equipment
1 large, sharp chef’s knife
1 cutting board
measuring cups (liquid and dry)
measuring spoons
1 oven-safe stock pot, or Dutch oven, 6 qt. capacity, with lid
2 large mixing bowls
1 paper grocery bag, top half cut off
1 silicone spatula
1 pair of tongs
1 slotted spoon1 dinner plate, lined with 3 layers of paper towels

Make Your Seasoning Sack
Place flour, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and pepper in your half of a paper grocery bag. Hold the opening together and shake it like a Polaroid picktcha to evenly distribute seasonings. Working in batches, place the chuck in the seasoning sack and lightly coat each piece with the flour mixture. Continue until all pieces are coated, then set aside. This would also be a good time to pre-heat your oven to 300F and move the rack to the bottom third of the oven.

Makin’ Bacon, Among Other Things
Heat up your large, oven-safe vessel over medium heat. Add bacon slices and cook until it is done to your liking, at least five minutes. Remove bacon from the vessel with slotted spoon and drain on a plate lined with paper towels or that other half of the grocery bag. Add the onion, celery, and carrot to the vessel. Cook these guys on medium heat until they are all soft, about 20 minutes or more. If your bacon did not yield much fat, add some butter or olive oil. Remove vegetables from vessel and place in a large mixing bowl, set aside.

MEAT MEAT MEAT
Add butter and olive oil to the pot and melt over medium heat. When the fats are nice and hot (just the way I like it) add pieces of flour-coated chuck but please, whatever you do, do not crowd the pan. The meat should have about a ½ inch radius of free space around it at the very least. So, again, work in batches. Cook the pieces by flipping the pieces as they cook until all the sides are lightly browned, around 4 minutes per batch. When all batches are finished, set aside in another mixing bowl.

Are We There Yet?
Almost. Add some more butter or oil and let it get hot, again. Add garlic and fresh thyme to the pot. Cook on medium heat until it smells super good, around one minute. Turn off the heat now so you won’t start a grease fire. Gently pour in your beer. Use your spatula to scrape the brown bits off of the bottom of the pot. Then, add beef broth and tomato paste. Mix to incorporate. Add the bacon, softened vegetables, potato chunks and chuck back into the pot. Turn the heat back on, but this time, crank it up to high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Once a boil is reached, turn off the heat, put the lid on, and place in the pre-heated oven. Let it do its thang in the oven for at least an hour and a half, up to two hours.

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Hooray! You did it! Let it cool down slightly and go to town. Serve it with fresh crusty bread or some egg noodles. You can even add some frozen peas for extra flair.

Yield: ½ gallon plus a lil’ more

Notes: You can totally ask your butcher to cut the chuck into cubes for you, but I would not buy beef labeled as “stew beef.” It does not have enough fat to taste good for this application. Remember to wash your hand often, especially after handling meat. If you place meat on a cutting board, IMMEDIATELY wash it with hot and soapy water before puttying anything else on it. Same goes with anything (utensils, bowls, etc.) that comes in contact with raw or undercooked meat.

Good Vibes: Buying Brother Thelonious helps support exceptional jazz music education for public schools and promising jazz musicians.

 

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Baritone Monk on JazzWeek Top 100 Albums of 2013

Claire_Daly-(w3)We couldn’t be prouder! The Claire Daly Quartet’s album Baritone Monk made JazzWeek’s Chart of the 100 Top Albums of 2013. This is a big deal in the jazz world. The Quartet is keeping company with Diego Rivera, Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Kevin Eubanks and Christian McBride, amongst others. No one can express the joy of this album’s success better than Claire Daly herself:

“First of all, just making this CD was so much fun, that the fact it spent 26 weeks on the JazzWeek chart (nine weeks in the top 10 slots!) was icing on the cake. Really, really, good icing. That it is in the Top 100 albums of 2013 makes it even more delicious, if that’s possible! That 100% of the proceeds go to the Monk Institute for Jazz Education makes it OFF THE HOOK exciting. This project is the highlight of my musical life so far. Thank you, North Coast Brewing Company!”

The album was produced by North Coast Brewing’s Vice President of Sales and Distribution, Doug Moody and entirely underwritten by North Coast Brewing to benefit the Monk Institute’s international jazz education programs. Released in October of 2012, the album features four superbly talented jazz artists: Claire Daly on baritone sax, flute and vocals, Steve Hudson on piano, Peter Grant on drums and Mary Ann McSweeney on bass.

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Post recording session photo from L to R – Charlie Kramsky (Assistant Recording Engineer), Jim Anderson (Grammy Winning Recording Engineer), Claire, Steve, Peter, Doug & MaryAnn at Avatar Studios in NYC – Photo by Deborah Moody

If you already bought the CD for $15 dollars, you deserve some kudos. You’ve treated yourself to a sophisticated, nuanced and consummate interpretation of Monk’s music. You’ve acknowledged four outstanding jazz artists deserving of more widespread recognition. You’ve supported the Monk Institute jazz education programs. That’s a lot for $15.

Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original, wrote discerning liner notes for Baritone Monk. Did he anticipate the rousing success of the album? “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.” He goes on to talk about each of the musicians: “Pianist Steve Hudson avoids Monkish cliche, displaying his own unique style to great effect. Bassist Mary Ann McSweeney plays with a profound sense of melody, swing, and harmonic imagination…Peter Grant…gives the band its driving pulse but with a subtlety that allows all voices to be heard (and) Claire Daly, whose breadth of styles, enormous tone, and distinctive phrasing place her among the very best of contemporary baritone players.”

If you haven’t bought the album but want to get in on the action, click here.

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Limited Edition Autographed Copy of Helen Sung’s New CD Anthem For A New Day Now Available

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Pianist Helen Sung makes her Concord Jazz debut with a ten song set on her new album, Anthem for a New Day. An exceptional musician, Helen began her piano studies as a classical pianist but switched to jazz in her senior year of music studies at the University of Texas in Austin and never turned back.

Anthem for a New Day is set for release January 28, 2014. A mix of original material, a few standards and a few surprises, the album is a declarative statement that finds Sung at the forefront of a six-piece band, with guest appearances by violinist Regina Carter and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera.

Concord Jazz is now offering a limited edition, autographed copy of Anthem for a New Day. Each person who orders can also receive 20% off with the code HELEN22.

A class of ’97 graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Helen is the pianist on Brother Thelonious Quintet, an album underwritten by North Coast Brewing and produced by T.S. Monk and Doug Moody. North Coast Brewing will be sponsoring release events for Anthem for a New Day at locations across the country, from California to New York. The Helen Sung website offers a complete listing of the release events. Click here to read a review and listen to cuts from the album.

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Celebrate Grigori Rasputin’s Birthday on January 22nd with Fans of Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

This is the blog dedicated to the 2014 celebration of Grigori Rasputin’s Birthday.

Old Rasputin Questions & Answers

What was the first year the North Coast Brewing made Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout?
1995

Why did the Russian aristocrats hate Rasputin?
He was born a peasant which was unacceptable to them.

What were the two contradictory sides of Rasputin?
Pious and holy versus alcoholic and licentious

How many times has Old Rasputin won Gold at the World Beer Championships?
Seven

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How many men did it take to assassinate Rasputin?
Five

In whose court was Rasputin an advisor?
Tsar Nicholas II

What is the meaning of the Russian words on the Old Rasputin label?
One does not become an intimate friend quickly.

Tsarina Alexandra thought Rasputin saved her son from dying of what disease?
Hemophilia

 

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Ensemble VIII Presents European Masterworks for Men’s Voices on January 10th and 11th 2014

Ensemble VIII, a vocal group dedicated to presenting Renaissance and Baroque music, will present a very special concert on January 10 and 11 2014 in Austin and Georgetown, Texas. Under the direction of founder and conductor Dr. James Morrow, the men of Ensemble VIII graphicEnsemble VIII will perform a selection of European Masterworks for Men’s Voices featuring music of the Renaissance. Selections include William Byrd’s Three Voice Mass, Lassus Missa Pro Defunctis and Antoine Brummel’s Mater Patria et Filia.

North Coast Brewing is pleased to be a major sponsor of this group of highly trained early music vocalists. The ensemble performs at the highest artistic level with a keen attention to scholarship and historically informed performances practices. Ensemble VIII is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization.

Performances are as follows:
Friday, January 10 at 7:30 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel
7601 Burnet Road, Austin
Saturday, January 11 at 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
410 E University Avenue, Georgetown

To purchase tickets and to learn more about Ensemble VIII, please visit the website.

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Dinner Jazz at North Coast Brewery’s Sequoia Room December 27 & 28, 2013

The end of the year brings a special group of musicians to North Coast Brewing’s regular Friday and Saturday evening Dinner Jazz. On Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28 an exceptional group of six musicians will perform jazz standards on the newly built stage in the Sequoia Room.

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The sextet includes Dinner Jazz regulars and coastal jazz icons Richard Cooper on the 1877 Weller Square Grand Piano and Francis Vanek on tenor sax. Special guests include guitar virtuoso Randy Vincent, rising stars Levi Saelua on alto sax and Gabe Yanez on drums, and seasoned professional and all-around sideman Greg D’Augelli on bass.

Dinner Jazz guests will have the opportunity to enjoy North Coast Brewing’s fare while experiencing the excitement of live performance and the musical collaboration and improvisation that is the soul of jazz.

Dinner Jazz begins at 6 pm and the musicians will perform until 9 pm. Reservations are not required. North Coast Brewing’s Sequoia Room is in the Brewery Taproom on the southeast corner of Main and Pine Streets in Fort Bragg.

Photo by Sharon Garner – Musicians from L to R – Francis Vanek, Richard Cooper Greg D’Augelli and Randy Vincent

 

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Indiana Beer Group Tests Five Top Rated Russian Imperial Stouts: And the Winner is…Old Rasputin

We don’t mean to brag…well, maybe we do. So we’re sharing a recent blog from the Indiana Beer group. You are welcome to read the entire article, but what follows is a summary, paraphrase and direct quotes of some of the text. You can also read about this particular tasting panel on the Indiana Beer Group.

Old-Rasputin-Brand-Image-(w)2012We didn’t mess around with the lineup for this tasting – each of these beers rates at least a 92 on Beer Advocate and they come from highly respected breweries: Bell’s Expedition Stout, North Coast Brewing Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, Sierra Nevada Narwhal, and Three Floyds Dark Lord. With this lineup of heavy hitters, a blind tasting was administered by our lovely hostess Poppi Rocketts. The beers were served in a random order to our tasting panel, and the identity of each was not revealed until after the panelists had finalized their individual rankings. Joining me, Nathan Compton, on the panel were IndianaBeer reporters Dave Allen and Jason Wilkerson and guest reviewer Tim Palmer.

And the results are in…….To determine the overall results, we used a model where the lowest number of points would win (a 1st place vote = 1 point, a 2nd place vote = 2 points, etc.). After tallying up the scores, our collective rankings determined the final order:

Fifth Place: Three Floyds Dark Lord (19 points)
Fourth Place: Sierra Nevada Narwhal (16 points)
Third Place: Bell’s Expedition Stout (11 points)
Second Place: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy (10 points)
First Place: North Coast Old Rasputin (4 points)

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What follows are direct quotes from the Tasting Panel about Old Rasputin:

Dave: “Our tasting panel all came to the same conclusion that this one was, hands down, the best beer on the table. To my palate it was complex, balanced, with flavors of both chocolate and roasted malt, hints of coffee and apparent (but not dominating) alcohol. When I conjure up what RIS should be in my imagination: this is it – delicious without being overpowering in any of the handful of typical flavor profiles one might expect. Great beer. And readily available locally all year round at a competitive price point. What’s not to like? Would I Drink Another: Absolutely.”
Dave’s Rank: 1st

Jason: “The aroma of chocolate was a welcome sign as it reminds me of this category of beer. Thicker than Beer #1 (Narwhal) but still not the texture I’ve come to expect, which is not a bad thing. Great flavor. This beer throws a knockout punch on your tongue from the start to announce its presence. Rich in color, flavor and texture, the bold taste follows from the front of your mouth to the back. A great Russian Imperial with good balance of bitter and sweet.”
Jason’s Rank: 1st

Nathan: “Less head retention than the first beer (Narwhal), but the level of roasted malt character has increased and nicely balances the chocolate notes. Wonderful flavor complexity: chocolate, coffee, raisins, figs, and hints of citrus hop character. Thick mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish and lingering bitterness the complements the intense malt character. Moderate alcohol warming in the aftertaste, but never harsh or distracting from the other flavors. This beer almost perfectly embodies the best qualities I associate with Russian Imperial Stouts. Outstanding!”
Nathan’s Rank: 1st

Tim: “Let’s just say that I can’t see through the beer as it is dark as night with a small dark tan head. The first hints of the aroma immediately hit me as this wonderful blend of rich malt (bready, hint of fruit), roast and chocolate character followed by a low earthy hop nose. The first taste filled my mouth with this full bodied, rich, more roast (not acrid) than chocolate, complex delicious beer that finished dry leaving me asking for more. Even with the low head, it had plenty of carbonation to support this big beer. The alcohol was pleasantly warming and not hot at all. This was solid all the way through! Can I have another? This is what I was expecting from a Russian Imperial Stout.”
Tim’s Rank: 1st

Near the end of the blog, Nathan wrote about rediscovering Old Rasputin:
“There was a stage in my craft beer drinking evolution where Old Rasputin was a beer I commonly sought out, and an Old Rasputin sign proudly hangs next to the pool table in our basement. But as the number of craft beer options has exploded, it’s very easy to get caught up in constantly trying new things and taking some of these old favorites for granted. I can’t remember the last time I purchased this beer off the shelf, but it certainly won’t take that long again. Along with the straight tasting results we always try to include cost analysis at the end of these because the highest ranking beers are often the most expensive. But at the relatively low price (for a Russian Imperial Stout anyway) of $10.99 for a 4-pack, this aspect only bolsters the case for Old Rasputin in this lineup…But if you’re looking for a great Russian Imperial Stout to enjoy in the near future, we can’t recommend Old Rasputin strongly enough. Buy up a good portion of that beer and horde it for yourself.”

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Ensemble VIII Presents a Special Holiday Concert in Austin Texas on December 17th & 18th

Ensemble-VIII-(w)May-2011Ensemble VII, a group of highly trained early music singers, will bring a beautiful and spiritual holiday concert to the City of Austin on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 17th and 18th at 7:30 pm at the St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel.

Under the direction of conductor Dr. James Morrow, the group will perform the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Introduced at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England in 1918, the work features nine readings from the Bible with choral works of the season sung between the readings. At these two performances the Bible selections will be read by prominent citizens of Austin and audience members will be asked to join in the singing of several well-loved and familiar carols. Ensemble VIII co-founder Donald Meineke will be the featured organist for these concerts.

The King’s College version of Lessons and Carols was originally introduced to bring a more imaginative approach to holiday worship. An earlier version of the work, used in 1880 by the Bishop of Truro in Cornwall, was instigated as a 10 pm December 24th service designed specifically to keep men out of pubs. Even so…North Coast Brewing is pleased to be a major sponsor of Ensemble VIII and of the two special concerts in December.

Tickets to these concerts can be purchased online. The St Louis Catholic Church Chapel is located at 7601 Burnet Road in Austin.

Additional concerts in Ensemble VIII’s season include:

European Masterworks for Men’s Voices
Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel in Austin, Texas
Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas

Love Songs from Italy
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
First United Methodist Church in Georgetown, Texas
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 3 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel in Austin, Texas

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