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Zymurgy’s Best Beers In America 2012

Zymurgy Magazine, the official Journal of the American Homebrewer’s Association just published their results from the reader’s rankings.  For the 4th year in a row, Russian River’s Pliny The Elder  takes 1st place. Bell’s Two Hearted and Dogfish Head 90 Minute aren’t far behind for best IPA in the country.  Interestingly, the harder to find Pliny The Younger ranked at the other end of the list, at #48.

More than 16,000 votes were received in this years vote.  Check out the full story for brewery rankings. (T= Tied) [AHA]

 

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
 2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
 3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
 4. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
 5. Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
 6. Bell’s Hopslam
7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
8. Stone Ruination IPA
 9. Sierra Nevada Torpedo
 10. North Coast Old Rasputin
 11. Firestone Walker Union Jack
 12. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
 13. Bear Republic Racer 5
 14. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
 15. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
 16. Firestone Walker Double Jack
 T17. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
 T17. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
 19. Stone IPA
 20. New Belgium Fat Tire
 21. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
 22. Avery Maharaja
 23. Founders Breakfast Stout
 24. Left Hand Milk Stout
 T25. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
 T25. New Belgium Ranger
 T25. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
 28. Deschutes The Abyss
 29. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
 30. Surly Furious
 T31. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin
 T31. Rogue Dead Guy
 T31. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
34. Troegs Nugget Nectar
 T35. Lagunitas IPA
 T35. New Belgium La Folie
 T37. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
 T37. Founders KBS
 T37. Russian River Blind Pig IPA
 41. Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
 42. Victory Prima Pils
43. Great Divide Yeti
 T44. Alaskan Smoked Porter
 T44. Anchor Steam
 T44. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
 T44. Samuel Adams Noble Pils
 T48. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
 T48. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
 T48. Russian River Pliny the Younge
Posted in Great Cause, New Releases, North Coast Brewing

North Coast Otsuchi Ale Releases In March

North Coast Brewing releases Otsuchi Old Stock Ale this month.  The beer benefits the Otsuchi Recovery Fund, after a devastating tsunami destroyed the town.

2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Fort Bragg, California and Otsuchi, Japan.  When the recent tsunami struck northern Japan, Otuchi was one of the hardest hit communities and this charming 800-year old city was leveled with an unimaginable loss of life and property.   

CBS recently devoted a 60 minutes episode to the Otsuchi disaster and interviewed Ken Sasaki, catayst for the sister city program.  Sasaki made it clear how important the Fort Bragg sister city relationship has been in helping to give Otsuchi the encouragement to rebuild and to maintain their “Never give up” attitude.  

The people of Fort Bragg have sent over $250,000 to help, but more importantly, they sent their love.  As a continuation of this support, North Coast Brewing makes a donation to the Otsuchi Recovery Fund for every bottle of Otsuchi Old Stock Ale sold.  North Coast Brewing invites you to enjoy this bottle with friends & celebrate the recovery of Otsuchi.  

Style: Old Ale
Availability: 750ml (of this edition)
Arrival: Anniversary of the tsunami, 3/11/12

11.7% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Great Cause, North Coast Brewing

North Coast Old Stock Otsuchi 2012

A slightly different edition of North Coast Brewing’s  Old Stock – Old Stock Otsuchi 2012.  100% of the funds benefit Otsuchi Tsunami relief efforts.  If you follow the QR code, it takes you to a webpage asking for donations to the relief fund, based in Fort Bragg, California (where the brewery is based.)  As it turns out, the Fort Bragg and Otsuchi have some history:

2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Fort Bragg and Otsuchi. The story of the program’s creation is compelling. When Ken Sasaki was a boy in Otsuchi, his father, a fisherman was lost at sea. Ken-san would sit on the bluffs overlooking the ocean, ever in search of any sign of his father. When he became older, he wondered what was on the other side of the ocean- wondering who lived over there and what were they like? He drew a line across the Pacific and found Fort Bragg on the exact same latitude. In 1997, he made contact and invited then Mayor, Lindy Peters to come visit Otsuchi.

In 2001, days after the tragic events of 9/11 that Lindy made his second trip to Otsuchi. The following year, September, 2002, the first student exchange of Fort Bragg students went to Otsuchi. Subsequent exchanges took place in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. In 2005 a Sister-City Proclamation was solidified by then Mayor, Dave Turner and Mayor Yamazaki.

Though the focus of our exchange program will be changing and evolving due to the devastation Otsuchi has sustained, our community will continue to stand by our beloved sister city, Otsuchi, Japan.

If you check out the video below taken in October of last year, Otsuchi was hit pretty hard.  This edition of Old Stock (no word if ingredients are different) will be available in a larger format bottle (750mls.) There is more info to come on Old Stock Otsuchi for sure.

Style: Old Ale
Availability: 750ml (of this edition)
Arrival: Anniversary of the tsunami, 3/11/12

11.7% ABV

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North Coast BA Old Rasputin XIV Hits Shelves

North Coast Old Rasputin XIV

North Coast Brewing’s 14th Anniversary release — Barrel Aged Old Rasputin, aka XIV has started hitting shelves.  The west coast of course has been seeing the first bottles.
This anniversary beer is the brewery’s medal winning Old Rasputin, aged in bourbon barrels.

Per North Coast:
Rasputin XIV is Here!
For the past few years, barrel-aged Old Rasputin has been released in such limited quantities that it has been available only at the brewery retail shop.  However, we have received so many requests for this beer that for the 12th anniversary,  NCBC produced enough Old Rasputin XIV to put into broader distribution.  There’s certainly not a flood of it, but it is available in select areas.  Check the distributor in your area to find where to get it.

Style: Imperial Stout (barrel aged)
Taste Expectations: Everything you have come to love about Old Raspy (Chocolate, coffee, roasty malts) creamy, full bodied flavor.  Now with oaky vanilla.
Availability: 16.9 oz bottles. Corked/Caged. One time anniversary release.

11.2%ABV

Posted in Beer News, North Coast Brewing

Barrel Aged Old Raspy #14 Shipping Soon

You’ll be pretty excited to hear that North Coast Brewing’s 14th Anniversary release – Barrel Aged Old Rasputin, aka XIV starts shipping soon.

North Coast’s muti-medal winning and and highly acclaimed Russian imperial stout – Old Rasputin spends time in bourbon barrels.  Released once a year in corked and caged bottles.  12th Anniversary saw limited distribution upon it’s release, retailing around $20 a bottle.

Per North Coast:
Rasputin XIV is Here!
For the past few years, barrel-aged Old Rasputin has been released in such limited quantities that it has been available only at the brewery retail shop.  However, we have received so many requests for this beer that for the 12th anniversary,  NCBC produced enough Old Rasputin XIV to put into broader distribution.  There’s certainly not a flood of it, but it is available in select areas.  Check the distributor in your area to find where to get it. 
 

Style: Imperial Stout (barrel aged)
Availability: 16.9 oz bottles. Corked/Caged
Arrival: Now Available, as of 12/6/111

11.2%ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, North Coast Brewing

North Coast’s Grand Cru To Feature Agave & Bourbon

North Coast Brewing Grand CruNorth Coast Brewing (Fort Bragg, CA) plans on releasing “Grand Cru” this year.  From the description, it is an ale brewed with agave nectar then aged in bourbon barrels.

That’s pretty much all the info known at the moment.  Judging by the size – looks like the bottle will be corked & caged like the Old Stock 2011 was.

Arrival: Now Available

12.5% ABV

 

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