#1 Craft Beer for 2011: Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Best of 2011: Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin (Platinum Medal, “Superlative”)
—BTI: World Beer Championships
Brewer of the Year, 2011: North Coast Brewing
—Beer Journal, December 31, 2011
Top 11 Beers for 2011: Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XIV
“…World class, the best of the best.…
This is beer at its highest level of sophistication….”
Modern Brewery Age Weekly E-Newsletter • Volume 63, No. 1 • January 5, 2012
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North Coast Brewing has a whole new line of specialty T-shirts for some of our most collected beers: Old Rasputin, Acme California Ales, Le Merle, and Scrimshaw. Click here to see the New Rasputin Icon T-shirt.
Fort Bragg Comes to the Assistance of its Sister City, Otsuchi Japan, following the 2011 Tsunami.
Scrimshaw Pilsner: First of five top brews for barbecues!
“Everyone should have this in their refrigerator.”
ABC 7 News
Come join us on April 27th for an exceptional dining experience featuring the beers of North Coast Brewing and the culinary creations of Chef John Ash.
Over the past 23 years, under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the North Coast Brewing Company has developed a worldwide reputation for quality, having won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions.
John Ash, one of America’s best known chefs, is an author, educator and restaurateur. He is an instructor at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in the Napa Valley, and has also hosted his own TV show on the Food Network.
For this special dinner in the Sequoia Room at the North Coast Brewing Co. Taproom and Grill, Chef Ash has collaborated with Brewmaster Ruedrich to create a menu designed to demonstrate the synergy between great food and the world’s most food-friendly beverage—beer.
North Coast Brewing, presenting sponsor of the twenty-fifth season of the Mendocino Music Festival, is donating 100% of the dinner proceeds to the Mendocino Music Festival. This Brewmaster dinner is a wonderful example of NCBC’s support of the music arts, and charitable giving in our community. We hope to see you April 27th.
North Coast Brewing’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.”
SFWeekly‘s Blind Tasting for Best Barleywine:
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.
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.”
Back in the late 40’s and the early 50’s when Acme Beer was the best-selling beer in the American West, one of their best loved salesmen was Quacky the Duck. Quacky took life through the voice of Jack Wagner on KMJ radio in Fresno and cartoonist Phil Roman, both of whom went on to greater fame. Wagner became the voice of Donald Duck at the Disney theme parks and Roman became an Emmy-winning TV producer of The Simpsons and other cartoon shows. Quacky, alas, retired from public view and has just recently made a cameo appearance in the Fresno Bee. His fine beers, however, are enjoying a renaissance through the North Coast Brewing Co. Thanks for the memories, Quacky.
“…I have never seen my favourite beer, Red Seal Ale, outside of its home state of California. Yet here it is, in a part of China that I had barely heard of only a few weeks earlier – two bottles for about £4 during happy hour…”
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
Reviewed by Mark Corroto in All About Jazz:
Nobody can deny the distinctive signature of Thelonious Monk‘s music. Written for simple piano, bass, and drums, it is a remarkable blending of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Now, expand his conception into a quintet setting and the challenge as Monk would say, to “lift the bandstand,” presents itself to the musicians and arrangers.
Assigning such a task to six distinguished graduates of The Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz finds the music in great hands. Featuring a core quintet of Helen Sung (piano), Alan Hampton (bass), James Alsenders (drums), Wayne Escoffery (tenor saxophone), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet) and adding vocalist Gretchen Parlato on one track, the group recorded six Monk classic compositions and four original tracks. The music was produced by North Coast Brewing Company, maker of a very nice dark Belgian-style ale called Brother Thelonious, with a painting of Monk on the label, piously dressed as a monk.
All the proceeds of the sale of this fabulous disc go The Thelonious Monk Institute Of Jazz, as if we need another reason to pour a cold one when listening to Brother Thelonious.
Read the whole review here.
North Coast Brewing has announced the much anticipated release of its 2009 vintage Old Stock Ale. Since it sprang onto the beer scene in 2000 with the award of a Platinum medal at the World Beer Championships, Old Stock has won two Great American Beer Fest medals as well as additional WBC medals.
Brewed in the classic English old ale tradition, the Old Stock recipe includes Maris-Otter malts, Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops and delivers a very friendly 11.5% ABV. The brew’s loyal fan base has learned that the beer cellars beautifully and can be laid down, literally for years, with the rich, winey flavors becoming softer and even more seductive with age.
“I think this is one of the finest beers we produce.” said Mark Ruedrich, North Coast’s brewmaster. “It has an elegance that transcends the usual expectations of beer. We’re quite proud of it.”
Look for Old Stock wherever fine beers are sold.
Our 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!