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FORT BRAGG, CA., (March 28, 2024)

North Coast Brewing Company (NCBC) announces an exceptional new barrel-aged beer. Born from a special collaboration between North Coast Brewing Company and Westward Whiskey, this limited offering of Barrel Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout has matured for over a year in Westward’s American Single Malt whiskey barrels and is now ready to be savored by discerning palates.

In April 2022, an exciting idea to collaborate on a new barrel-aged beer was realized. Westward shipped a handful of American Oak barrels that previously held Westward Whiskey Original, their award-winning Single Malt from Oregon to Fort Bragg, which North Coast filled with their beloved Old Rasputin Imperial Stout beer. Today, NCBC is pleased to release this extraordinary offering: Barrel Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout aged to perfection in Westward Whiskey barrels.

The ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of this limited-edition offering is 12.2%, available in fine beverage establishments while supplies last.

North Coast Brewing Company’s reputation for crafting exceptional beers since its inception in 1988 has solidified its legacy as a leader in the industry. With an unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, NCBC has introduced beer enthusiasts to iconic brews such as the renowned Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.

The collaboration with Westward Whiskey represents yet another chapter in NCBC’s journey, highlighting its dedication to pushing boundaries and creating unforgettable flavor experiences. Combining the bold character of Old Rasputin with the complexity of Westward’s seasoned casks, they have curated a limited offering that promises to captivate the senses.

“This collaboration is a testament to the exceptional artistry and craftsmanship embodied by both NCBC and Westward Whiskey,” remarked Jennifer Owen, CEO of NCBC. “Our Brewmaster describes the beer as featuring robust whiskey notes complemented by hints of vanilla and dark chocolate aromas that promise a complex and indulgent flavor profile. It’s an excellent representation of NCBC’s commitment to brewing excellence, making it a must-try for discerning connoisseurs in search of a truly distinctive beer experience.”

Thomas Mooney, CEO of Westward Whiskey, added, “We are thrilled to partner with North Coast on this exciting and limited offering. We share so many similarities with this iconic beer producer – our passion for the brewing process and love for stout beers, our commitment to innovation, and our love for bold and robust flavor – and we believe this symbiotic approach shines through in this Old Rasputin release.”

Westward Whiskey Original, the pinnacle of American Whiskey, is born from the company’s love for whiskey, roots in brewing, and desire to create something entirely new in the world of whiskey. Brewed like a beer, distilled like a Single Malt, and aged like a Bourbon, Westward is made from scratch in the American Northwest, where their unique hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters are the ideal environment to raise a world-class whiskey.

About North Coast Brewing Company

Founded in 1988, and proud to be a certified B Corp since 2015, NCBC crafts a wide range of exceptional, award-winning beers, including Scrimshaw and the much-loved Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. In addition, NCBC produces world-renowned Belgian-style Ales such as Pranqster, Le Merle, and Brother Thelonious and was one of the first breweries to offer barrel-aged beers. NCBC beers are available in 47 U.S. states and internationally. NCBC’s mission: “Making the World a Better Place, One Pint at a Time.” Visit Follow North Coast Brewing Company on Instagram @NorthCoastBrewingCompany, Twitter @NoCoastBrewCo, and Facebook @NorthCoastBrewingCompany

About Westward Whiskey

The pinnacle of American whiskey. Westward began in 2004 with a vision: to make a distinctive American whiskey inspired by the culture, climate, and natural ingredients of the American Northwest. From humble beginnings to its impressive footprint today, creating a bold, robust, and delicious whiskey has remained the team’s true passion. For two decades, the company has proudly been a leading voice for American whiskey. Westward’s flagship family of whiskeys –Westward Whiskey Original, Westward Whiskey Pinot Noir Cask, and Westward Whiskey Stout Cask, and Westward Whiskey Cask Strength – have earned high praise around the world, including Double Gold and Gold Medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for all four whiskeys, and the distinction of #5 Whiskey in the World by Whisky Advocate (for Cask Strength in 2022). Visit for more info and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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