North Coast Brewing Co. Partners with Artisanal Imports to Cover Eastern & Central U.S.

Artisanal Imports (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it has partnered with North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) to be the brewery’s sales and marketing partner for the central and eastern regions of the United States.

A true pioneer in the craft beer community, North Coast Brewing Co. was founded in 1988 with a mission to “Make the World a Better Place, One Pint at a Time.” The brewery has since gone on to establish a highly respected beer portfolio that includes iconic beers such as Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Old Stock Ale, Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale, and Scrimshaw Pilsner. Now, more than 30 years after its establishment, North Coast is continuing to grow by expanding and improving upon its presence in the eastern and central U.S.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Artisanal team to introduce our portfolio to new markets around the country,” says Jeffrey Ottoboni, Chief Executive Officer of North Coast Brewing Company “The North Coast brand continues to expand, and we are delighted to have the support of Artisanal Imports.”

“I am extremely excited about our North Coast connection, as the brewery is a legendary pioneer in the American craft beer movement,” says Bob Leggett, Founder, and CEO of Artisanal Imports. “Scrimshaw and Old Rasputin are some of my favorites in their styles. The brewery has recently moved into cans that will certainly open new doors. I believe this will be a great partnership, and we will both reap the benefits of our expertise.”

With this partnership in place, Artisanal Imports now represents North Coast Brewing Co. as its sales liaison with on- and off-premises retailers and distributors in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Prost!

North Coast Brewing Co. Puts Scrimshaw Pilsner in Cans

NCBC-Website-Header-NC-Whale-Logo (1)North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has officially announced that its best-selling Scrimshaw Pilsner is hitting craft beer shelves now as the brewery’s first ever canned beer offering.

Developed in 1988 with a destiny to one day become North Coast Brewing Co.’s first canned beer, Scrimshaw is a Pilsner “brewed in the finest European tradition using Munich malt and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops.”  Coming in at just 4.5% ABV, 138 calories and 11 grams of carbs, Scrimshaw offers “a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate and a dry finish.”

“As a pioneer in the craft beer movement, we have always focused on brewing exceptional beers,” says North Coast Brewing CEO Jeffrey Ottoboni. “With this exciting release, we are making our beers more accessible — from draft to bottles to cans. We are proud to share Scrimshaw with devoted and new fans alike, and feel fortunate to be a part of the experiences these cans will help inspire. As an independent brewery, we’re looking toward the future of our industry and meeting the changing needs of craft beer fans, while always holding true to our long-time brewing traditions.”

Scrimshaw is available now in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans in California and further distribution of these cans is expected to be announced in the near future.  This Year-Round offering is also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Scrimshaw from North Coast Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; cans launch in February 2020
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 22
Calories – 138
Carbs – 11 grams
Malts – Munich
Hops – Hallertauer & Tettnang
Fun Fact – “Like the iconic Scrimshaw bottle label, the can draws inspiration from the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers. As part of its mission to make the world a better place, One Pint at a Time, North Coast Brewing gives back to marine mammal research and rescue efforts as well as jazz education through its beers. Scrimshaw will initially be released in recyclable 12-pack boxes, with no additional plastic that could end up harming the environment.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beer-locator/

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North Coast Brewing Co. Welcomes Fall with Return of Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse

NCBC-Website-Header-NC-Whale-Logo (1)North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse in mid-October 2019.

Brewed to capture the flavors of autumn, Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse is a “spontaneously soured Berliner Weisse . . . made with quince fruit and the juice of Oregon cranberries.”  Coming in at just 4.1% ABV, Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse has an “amber hue and noteworthy taste, [making] it the star of the fall drinking season, ideal for pairing with any holiday meal.”

“We like to say that fall doesn’t begin here in Fort Bragg, California until our Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse is released,” says North Coast Brewing Company Brewmaster, Chuck Martins. “Growing up, quince trees were in my backyard, and when creating the fall release in our Berliner Weisse trio, we decided to use quinces as one of our featured fruits. Their subtle sweetness complements the acidity of Oregon cranberries to give our Cranberry-Quince a tangy and sweet flavor. It’s a crowd favorite at fall celebrations.”

Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse from North Coast Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; returning mid-October 2019
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 0
Added Ingredients – Quince & the juice of Oregon cranberries
Fun Fact – “Influential beer author the late Michael Jackson describes ‘Berlin White Beer’ as having an ‘insistent sparkle, a fragrant fruitiness in the nose, a sharp, dry palate, and a frisson of quenching, sour acidity in the finish.'”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beer-locator/

North Coast Brewing Co. Kicks Off Summer With Limited Release of Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse

NCBC-Website-Header-NC-Whale-LogoNorth Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has announced that Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse has officially returned to serve as the summer expression in the brewery’s Berliner Weisse Series.

Passion Fruit-Peach is a traditionally brewed, “spontaneously soured” Berliner Weisse “made with peaches from California and passion fruit from Ecuador.”  Developed to be a “refreshing spin on a summer craft beer”, Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse comes in at just 4.1% ABV and 0 IBUs.

“We call Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse our Pan-American take on the German classic,” says North Coast Brewing Co. Brewmaster, Chuck Martins. “Brewing this interpretation with summer fruits, such as passion fruit and peaches, creates a thirst-quenching beer ideal for summer drinking. Passion Fruit-Peach has a unique combination of sweet and sour that is reminiscent of each of our seasonal Berliner Weisse offerings.”

Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse entered distribution this week and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse from North Coast Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Berliner Weisse Series; late June 2019
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 0
Added Ingredients – Peaches from California & Passion Fruit from Ecuador 
Fun Fact – On the Berliner Weisse Series: “North Coast Brewing created the widely loved Berliner Weisse series to honor the spring, summer and fall seasons. Brewed with seasonal fruits, all three interpretations are Non-GMO Project Verified and brewed in their own inspired style. Passion Fruit-Peach is the summer release, offering a refreshing spin on a summer craft beer.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beer-locator/

North Coast Brewing Releases Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI and Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve

Old Stock Cellar ReserveNorth Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has officially announced the nationwide Limited Release of two barrel-aged fan favorites, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI and Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve.

An elevated take on a legendary Year-Round offering from North Coast Brewing Co., Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI began life as Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout and was then aged in bourbon barrels so that it could pick up the “complex and deep flavor that is celebrated by fans and critics alike.”  Known for its “notable mix of rich flavors and warming finish”, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI is at its best when shared and sipped.

Releasing alongside Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI, the latest batch of Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve is Old Stock Ale – a beer “known for its high gravity and generous hopping rate, which makes it a perfect brew for an aged release” – that has been carefully aged in rye whiskey and wheat whiskey barrels.  This treatment yields a sensory experience featuring “layers of intense flavor unique to this take on the Old Stock Ale.”

“We’re thrilled with this year’s Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve releases,” said North Coast Brewing Company Brewmaster, Patrick Broderick. “Both releases are an amplified take on two of our classic beers. The richness of these aged brews will make them your go-to choices during the holiday season, and beyond.”

Arriving just in time for the holidays, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI and Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve are hitting shelves now and will stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find both these Limited Release offerings available in 500ml bottles at select craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

North Coast Brewing Brings Belgo-Style Dry-Hopped Pale Ale Back for the Summer

Belgo-yrbNorth Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has officially announced that Belgo-Style Dry-Hopped Pale Ale is headed back to shelves and taps to serve as the brewery’s late-summer Seasonal.

Back for the second year in a row, Belgo-Style Dry-Hopped Pale Ale is a summer session beer that is actually a close relative to North Coast Brewing Co.’s award-winning Le Merle Saison.  Although these two beers share the same malt, hops and yeast, Belgo-Style Dry-Hopped Pale Ale is brewed with less grain (to lower the ABV to 4.1%) and undergoes a light dry hop stage with Mosaic and Citra hops to stand apart from its sister brew.  With these slight but impactful changes allowing Belgo-Style Dry-Hopped Pale Ale to offer “subtle aromas and flavors that smack of the tropics, . . . this take on Belgian Pale Ale showcases a perfectly carbonated marriage of hop spiciness and refreshing drinkability.”

“The twist we gave Belgo, which is absent in the very traditional Le Merle, was to lightly dry hop the beer using Mosaic and Citra hops, which confer a subtle, yet very satisfying hop aroma and flavor that finishes the beer nicely,” North Coast Brewmaster Patrick Broderick said. “Belgo is the perfect beer for lazing by the pool on those hot, summer days.”

Belgo-Style Dry-Hopped Pale Ale is available now and will be hanging around through the remaining months of summer.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Belgo-Style Dry-Hopped Pale Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal/Limited, Summer 2018
Style – Belgian Pale Ale
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 27
Featured Hops – Mosaic & Citra
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beer-locator/

North Coast Brewing Co. to Offer Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse as Summer Seasonal

logo-w-taglineNorth Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has officially announced that Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse will serve as the summer edition of the brewery’s ever-changing, limited release “Berlin White Beer”.

Here to hit summer with “a Pan-American take” on a classic German style, Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse – or “Berlin White Beer” – ” is infused with the juices of California peaches and Ecuadorian passion fruit, resulting in a slightly sweet, slightly sour brew.”  Weighing in at a low 4.1% ABV, Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse promises to be “an ideal session beer for hot afternoons, weekend BBQs, or even as a refreshing substitute to a brunch-hour mimosa.”

“The tartness of a Berliner Weisse beer, tempered with sweet peach and tropical passion fruit, makes our Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse a refreshing summer quencher,” said Brewmaster Chuck Martins.

Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse is rolling out now and will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles and on draft during the summer months (as long as supplies last).  You can expect to find this new Limited/Seasonal offering at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast Brewing’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse from North Coast Brewing Co.

Release – Summer Seasonal/Limited, launching June 2018
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 0
Added Ingredients – California peaches & passion fruit from Ecuador
Fun Fact – On the brewery’s commitment to Non-GMO Verified beers: “North Coast Brewing’s core beer brands are already Non-GMO Project Verified via a rigorous, third-party review process that ensures none of the ingredients or processing aids used in the brewing process have been contaminated by or commingled with GMO ingredients or products.
For 2018, the seasonal Berliner Weisses, including this release of the Passion Fruit-Peach Berliner Weisse, have been added to the list of Non-GMO Verified beers as part of the Brewery’s ongoing commitment to high quality and transparency in craft beer production.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beer-locator/

Craft Brewers Nationwide Collaborate on Epic Bottle Auction For ‘We Are Stoneman Douglas’ Charity Event

50 vintage and rare signed bottles from over two dozen breweries will auction online to raise funds for victims’ families and survivors of the tragic Parkland, FL shooting.

 

OAKLAND PARK, FL (April 5, 2018) – Following the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past February, brewers from across the country are coming together to offer assistance and support to those affected most. Over two dozen brewers nationwide have donated rare and vintage bottles of beer — many of which are signed by owners, founders, and head brewers from companies such as Stone Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and more — in what has become an epic and unique lot of craft beer for the ages.

This lot is being auctioned online via the We Are Stoneman Douglas site (https://one.bidpal.net/wearemsd, click “Auction Items” on menu) with proceeds benefiting the Broward Education Foundation’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas fund. One hundred percent of all funds generated by this project will directly benefit the families of victims, survivors, and those affected by this tragedy. A second lot of signed barrel-aged and vintage beers from Funky Buddha Brewery, and a private dinner for 30, will also be auctioned.

This online auction (with over 50 other incredible auction items) is being organized by the Parkland Golf & Country Club located in Parkland, FL with assistance from Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida. Individuals can bid on the online auctions through Sunday, April 8th. Due to regulations, these bottle lots will be available for local pickup only.

“This has been an amazing show of support and solidarity from brewers around the country, most of whom signed on and contributed unbelievable beers within minutes,” says Ryan Sentz, co-founder of Funky Buddha Brewery and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate. “Although this tragedy was horrific beyond words, we can take heart in the incredible response from the community and others that shows we have the strength and bravery to rise above it and make a true difference in people’s lives.”
 
Bottles include (pictured above):
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**Editor’s Note: The writers at Mashing In typically prefer to write their own content, but we all decided it was best to immediately post this press release verbatim due to its important subject matter and the timely nature of this auction.**

North Coast Brewing Co.’s 2018 Old Stock Ale Hits Shelves

Old-Stock-2018-bottle-and-pourNorth Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has officially announced the release of the 2018 vintage of its long-standing and highly regarded Old Stock Ale.

Originally brewed in 2000, the Old Stock Ale program was established by North Coast Brewing as an attempt to revive a style at a time “when the last of the classic English old ales had nearly disappeared from the market.”  Meant to celebrate both the brewing and aging traditions of Old Ales, Old Stock Ale has been “well-designed . . . with an original gravity of over 1.100 and a generous hopping rate” so that the beer will “round out and mellow with age.” Officially arriving as this brew’s 19th vintage, 2018 Old Stock Ale (12% ABV, 34 IBUs) stays true to its English roots by being brewed with “classic Maris Otter malt and Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops, all imported from England.”

2018 Old Stock Ale is officially on shelves now and will hang around through the rest of the year.  You can expect to find this vintage ale available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at fine craft beer retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for 2018 Old Stock Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round/Vintage, 2018 batch arrives March 2018
Style – Old Ale
ABV – 12%
IBUs – 34
Featured Malts – Maris Otter
Featured Hops – Fuggles & East Kent Goldings
Suggested Food Pairings – “[North Coast recommends] tasting a young Old Stock with a pairing of Parmigiano-Reggiano or a classic English Cheddar like the Lincolnshire Poacher, Montgomery Cheddar or Keen’s Cheddar. Older vintages that have been cellared pair well with classic blue cheeses like an English Stilton or a Spanish Valdeon.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – https://northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beer-locator/

North Coast Brewing Adds Beachmaster Imperial IPA to Seasonal Lineup

Beachmaster-Imperial-IPA-bottleNorth Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has officially released Beachmaster Imperial IPA as the brewery’s newest Seasonal offering.

Created as a “tribute and companion” to North Coast Brewing Co.’s flagship Red Seal Ale, Beachmaster Imperial IPA continues the seal theme by honoring “the mighty Northern Elephant Seals that frequent [the] coast from Mexico to Alaska.”  Weighing in at a substantial 9% ABV and 100 IBUs (practically double the size of Red Seal), the massive Beachmaster promises to be a high quality, finely crafted Imperial India Pale Ale that will fit in easily with North Coast’s “lively array of iconic beers.”

Beachmaster Imperial IPA is officially available now in 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Beachmaster Imperial IPA from North Coast Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, launching February 2018
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 100
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Artist Mike Patrick, whose work has appeared on several of our labels including Red Seal Ale, Old No. 38 Stout, and North Coast Steller IPA, created the bull Elephant Seal illustration.”
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beer-locator/