Fort Bragg Comes to the Assistance of its Sister City, Otsuchi Japan, following the 2011 Tsunami.
June 2011 North Coast Brewing Releases Grand Cru
We're very excited to release our latest premium beer, Grand Cru. We’ve had a good time exploring the brewing possibilities outside of the standard beer styles; Grand Cru doesn’t fit neatly into any established category.
Reminiscent of our Gold Medal-winning Twentieth Anniversary Ale, North Coast Grand Cru is brewed exclusively with Pils malt, with an addition of agave nectar in the kettle. It’s subtle, complex, and lightly hopped with a deceptive 12.5% ABV, and aging it in oak gives this unique beer an extra dimension. The result is really champagne-like.
North Coast Grand Cru will be available in July in 500 ML bottles with a cork and wire finish and in 1/6 BBL kegs in limited markets throughout the country.
March 2011 Wall Street Journal Picks Old No. 38 Stout as Their Top Alternative to Guinness
"The dark stuff from Ireland is a fine beer—smooth, satisfying and surprisingly low-carb. But when it comes to pure flavor, Guinness cedes its foamy crown to American-brewed Irish-style stouts...As demonstrated in our picks here, the results are uncommonly good...
North Coast is probably more famous for their intense Russian stout, Old Rasputin, but save that one for dessert. For day-long drinking, go with Old No. 38, a smooth, rounded beer with a bit more chocolate and fruit sweetness than a typical Irish dry stout. Soft edges and a mellow, woody finish make it wonderfully complex. 5.5% ABV"
January 2011 North Coast Brewing Co. Honored at 1st Annual Good Food Awards Ceremony.
In a ceremony at San Francisco’s Ferry Building hosted by Alice Waters, famed chef of Chez Panisse and
pioneer of the American slow food movement, North Coast Brewing Co. was recognized as a Good Food
Awards Winner. The Good Food Awards honor companies producing tasty, authentic foods in a socially
and environmentally responsible manner.
“We couldn’t be more pleased,” said Mark Ruedrich, President and Brewmaster of the Fort Bragg,
California-based brewery. “The craft brewing movement has been one of the most vital elements on the
American food scene for the past several years. Exceptional beers from small producers are leading the
way in expanding the country’s tastes and creating a place for themselves at the dining table.”
North Coast Brewing PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale, the Good Food Awards winner, is brewed
with unique Belgian yeast strains that result in a fruity, floral character particularly well-suited to
complement a wide variety of foods. While PranQster has been honored with awards from national
and international beer tasting competitions, and North Coast has been named as “One of the 10 Best
Breweries in the World” by Chicago’s Beverage Testing Institute, this Good Food Award marks the first
time the brewery has been recognized by the larger, all-encompassing food community.
January 2011 North Coast Brewing Announces Release of Barrel-Aged Old Stock Cellar Reserve
North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg, CA 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.
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."
North Coast Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich with Clint Eastwood at the Monterey Jazz Festival; Eastwood is a Jazz Festival board member
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
August 2010 North Coast Scores Big At
World Beer Championships
North Coast Brewing was well received at the recent BTI World Beer Championships in Chicago scoring three medals (2 Gold 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.
June 2010 North Coast BrewingExpansion Watch a beer tank go literally through the roof! (A slide-show by Susan Larsen)
May 2010 Le Merle Named Best Cult Brew by SF Weekly SF 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
October 2011 North Coast Brewing Teams with Whole Foods and Haddington's for Beer Dinner.
Hot new Austin, Texas restaurant Haddington's recently featured North Coast Brewing in a Beer Dinner pairing craft brews with artisanal cheeses. Read more
September 2011 NBC New York: Brother Thelonious featured on John Holl's Beer & Cheese Pairings
September 2011 Old & Bleu: North Coast Brewing's Old Stock Ale paired with Bleu des Basques and reviewed by Hoosier Beer Geek
July 2011 North Coast Brewing sponsors 25th Annual Mendocino Music Festival The Mendocino Music Festival has been presenting outstanding musical performances under a majestic canopy tent on the Mendocino headlands since 1986. This year, for the first time, North Coast Brewing Co. is the presenting sponsor. The brewery’s association with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has created the opportunity for a special guest appearance by Kevin Eubanks on Sunday, July 10. The festival program includes not only the local Festival Big Band Jazz Orchestra (Saturday July 16) but also three additional Jazz features. For dates and times, visit the website: www.mendocinomusic.com
July 2011 Scrimshaw- #1 out of 5! Top brews for barbecues!
“Everyone should have this in their refrigerator” ABC 7 News
January 2011 Old Rasputin Scores 100
North Coast’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout was named by RateBeer as one of America’s Best Beers for 2011 and given a Gold Award. The brew received an overall score of 100 and a style rating of 97 and was called a “perfect balance” with “coffee, chocolate and dark fruit” flavors.
“One of the all-time classics.”
Chocolate & Old Rasputin!
"Chocolate rich Stouts go so well with high-percentage dark chocolate. The levels of bitterness and sugars, and in some cases, like [North Coast Brewings' Old Rasputin], the fruity notes are a good match.... Once they are in your mouth, there is little delineation between the beer and chocolate flavors. They pair together to create a beautiful balance of bitter and caramel. It really is magical."
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To illustrate suggestions for pairing beer with food, author Brian Freedman offers: North Coast Brewing Co.'s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout with a chocolate tarte. Says Freedman, "A successful marriage of beer and food is often just as much about alchemy and the magic of the unexpected as it is about a thought-out plan of attack." Philadelphia Weekly
January 2011 The Best Barleywine? SF Weekly's Blog, SFoodie, Picks a Winner: North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale
North Coast Brewing Company Old Stock Ale (Fort Bragg, Calif.): 9 points. Honey- and rose-colored and with minimal head, this was the panel's uncontested favorite. Nothing about the beer screamed "barleywine," but the marked aromas of applejack, cherry, oak, bourbon, and bread, along with hot flavors of boozy fruit, caramel, and very faint smoke, earned it the warmest reception.
"Then there is the ACME IPA girl.... Put simply, she’s golden, literally and figuratively, not unlike the great state which she aptly represents. She’s cute, no doubt, as she can hold your attention as well as she can hold a beer while performing daring physical feats. Something all of us have attempted, few successfully. And look at that smile. She’s completely comfortable with herself..." read more ABeerNewWorld
Brewery tours are temporarily canceled during our expansion.
Meanwhile please continue to enjoy our restaurant and pub across the street. For Information Call 707 964-2739
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Pint Night every Thursday!
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