North 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 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/
North Coast Brewing Company (Fort Bragg, California) has announced that its annually-released Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is officially back on shelves for a limited time.
Each year, the folks at North Coast Brewing Company honor their “infamous” Old Rasputin Imperial Stout – a Year-Round offering named after the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin – by brewing a special batch and aging it in whiskey barrels. This year’s release, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XX (11.9% ABV), was aged in Bourbon barrels to add an “an extra kick and flavor profile to an already impressively well-balanced and potent brew.”
Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XX is available now in extremely limited quantities of 500ml cork and cage bottles. You can expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast Brewing Company’s nationwide distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XX from North Coast Brewing Company
Release – Limited, late-November 2017
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.9%
IBUs – 38
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 500ml bottles with a cork & wire finish
Beer Finder – http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beer-locator/
Fun Fact – “Originally destined for limited release out of the brewery’s retail shop and Taproom in Fort Bragg, CA, [Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin] quickly grew in notoriety and beginning in 2010 North Coast put it into broader distribution. It’s still a limited – and coveted – release but can now be found in specialty stores around the country.”
North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) recently announced the release of Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse as the brewery’s latest limited offering.
Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse was created by North Coast Brewing Co. as a means of recognizing the vernal equinox and the arrival of spring. This refreshing beer was brewed with the juice of Michigan Montmorency cherries to “[soften] the lactic finish of the beer and [give] it a springtime blush.” Weighing it at just 4.1% ABV, Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse aims to be a refreshing treat that should be enjoyed on a beautiful spring day.
This “very limited” offering is available now in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse might be found at select craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, California, and throughout the rest of North Coast Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint. Due to the limited nature of this release, the brewery cannot confirm that any area in particular is guaranteed to see Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse. (**Note** We can confirm that Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse is on shelves in Birmingham, Alabama. **Note**) If this offering has piqued your interest, you can click here to contact your local distributor directly to see if they are expecting a shipment of this brew. Otherwise, just watch those shelves and snag yourself a bottle of Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse when/if you see it. Prost!
Vital Information for Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse from North Coast Brewing Co.
Release – Limited, March 2017
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 0
Added Ingredients – Juice of Michigan Montmorency cherries
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beerlocator/
Fun Fact – “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.’”