North Coast brewmaster Mark Ruedrich recently teamed-up with James Beard award-winning chef Paul Kahan to stage an amazing dinner at Chicago’s Publican restaurant. The restaurant, which is the go-to spot in the city’s trendy Fulton Market district, features pork and seafood dishes that are pristine and simply prepared. The bar offerings are “beer-centric,” among the best to be found anywhere and are served in an environment with communal tables reminiscent of a European beer hall. There was a truffle focus to the evening’s menu and each of Chef Kahan’s dishes was paired with a different North Coast beer:
• Kushi oysters and Nantucket scallops with Bergamot oil and white Alba truffles. Le Merle Belgian-style Saison Ale
• Buckwheat capellini alla chittara with brown butter, pine nuts, Parmesan vechi rosa and white Alba truffles. PranQster Belgian-style Golden Ale
• Smoked Pekin duck breast and sausage with rutabaga, dried apricots, and black Perigord truffles. Brother Thelonious Belgian-style Abbey Ale
• Braised beef tongue with candied niçoise olives and black Perigord truffles. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
• Dark chocolate financier with sour cherries, cherry pit ice cream and black Perigord truffles. 2010 Old Stock Ale
At $125 per ticket, over 200 appreciative folks agreed that it was a bargain!!!
From Definition Ale:
“Beer and Jazz are seldom mentioned in the same circles, however craft beer and jazz are increasingly finding the same home. The North Coast Brewing Co. has celebrated this fact with their Belgian Dark Strong Ale called Brother Thelonious. Anyone passionate about jazz music should instantly pair the name to Thelonious Monk, a marvel jazz pianist who is known as one of the giants of American music. The name pairs so well with this beer because it is a style traditionally brewed by monks. So there you have it, the Brother Thelonious is a Belgian Abbey Style beer brewed in a style made famous by monks, and to honor Thelonious Monk.
“What we have here then is one of America’s most masterful breweries brining to us a historic beer style mastered by Belgian Monks, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Brother Thelonious goes to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which allows the world’s most promising young musicians the opportunity to learn under the tutelage of America’s jazz masters. I’m impressed. Not to mention that the beer is 9.4% abv, and claims a classic mahogany red color – I’d say that so far Brother Thelonious has hit all the right notes.
“The mouthfeel is soft and easy with a light silky character and moderate carbonation. It will finish clean and lightly crisp at first when it is colder, but eventually becomes a warming and more soothing drink as the ambient room temperature gets to it. I would enjoy this beer with just about anyone, and with a wide variety of foods. Creamy and old cheeses will work very well here, so will roasted meats, anything from the grill, or chocolate or fruit based desserts.”
Read the whole review here.
Red Seal Ale and Acme IPA from North Coast Brewing Co. were named winners of their style categories at the recent Hong Kong International Beer Awards. In a competition dominated by European breweries, North Coast’s double honors stood out. The event was held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre with a goal of educating, inspiring and raising awareness of the “wonderful world of beer.” “We’ve been exporting our beers to China for a couple of years now,” said Doug Moody, North Coast Senior Vice President. “It’s an increasingly important part of our business and it’s been a pleasure to introduce our beers to a whole new country of enthusiasts.”
North Coast Senior VP Doug Moody (right) with T.S. Monk III (left) and Kevin Eubanks (center), at Brasserie Beck in Washington D.C., a Brewmaster Dinner fundraiser for Monk Institute that preceded the annual scholarship competition.
Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Brasserie Beck is well known in the Washington DC area both for its selection of over 100 Belgian beers and its award-winning kitchen. On October 3, 2010, the Brasserie collaborated with North Coast Brewing Co., pairing our American-brewed Belgian-style beers with an exciting menu. The dinner was a fundraiser for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The sold-out event was attended by the Institute’s Chairman, T.S. Monk III, and Kevin Eubanks, former musical director of The Tonight Show, now director of the Institute’s Jazz in the Classroom program, as well as NCBC founders, President Mark Ruedrich, Executive VP Tom Allen and Senior VP Doug Moody. Read more.