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!!!
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
North Coast Brewing was well received at the recent BTI World Beer Championships in Chicago scoring three medals (2 Golds 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.
Take one poet trained in typography and history of the book, add amazing beer and some great illustrators, and you would have a distinctive lineup of beer packaging that sets you apart as a craft brewery, which is exactly what North Coast Brewing achieved when they hired graphic designer and poet Theresa Whitehill in 1999 to begin reevaluating their beer packaging. Read more here
Photo of Theresa Whitehill by Olaf Beckmann, Studio Jaschinski
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!
North Coast Brewing completed the celebration of its 20th anniversary on Sunday, September 7. The festivities began on Friday evening with a banquet honoring many of those in the industry who had contributed to the brewery’s success. That was followed by a beer and cheese tasting on Saturday as a benefit for the Coast Humane Society. The event featured artisan cheeses paired with North Coast brews including Brother Thelonious, Old Stock Ale, Le Merle and others.
The weekend culminated on Sunday with a sell-out concert by the New Orleans group, the subdudes, that was attended by over 900 very enthusiastic fans. North Coast Brewing sponsored the concert as a fund raiser for the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and the North Coast Salmon Fisheries.
The brewery is proud to have been an important part of the Mendocino Coast community for twenty years as an employer, a social hub and a contributor to making life here even more idyllic.