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444 North Main Street
Fort Bragg CA 95437
Telephone: +1 707-964-2739
Hours: Sunday 4:00pm-8:30pm, Wednesday-Thursday 4:00pm-8:30pm, Friday-Saturday 4:00pm-9:00pm.
Brewer: Mark Ruedrich
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Notes

Visited: September 9, 1995

Opened: 1988

Annual Production: 27,000 bbl

Contributors: Diane Crawford, Arash Shahzadi

Outstanding beers on tap...the bottled versions are very nearly as good. Call ahead for information about touring their huge facility across the street from the pub.

Directions: If you're coming from Anderson Valley, take Highway 128 north for about 30 miles. Turn right when you get to Highway 1, and head for Fort Bragg. North Coast Brewpub is 21 miles or so along on the east side of the road, and the big brewing facility is on the west side, right across the street. Can't miss those big stainless tanks!

Updated: April 9, 2013

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Beer List

  • 5.60% abv.
    Awards:
    • Bronze Medal, 2002 North American Beer Awards
    • Silver Medal, 2001 World Beer Championships
    • Silver Medal, 1998 World Beer Championships
    • Date: March 15, 1997 (#2046)
      Package: draught
      Place: Kona Brewers Festival, Kailua-Kona HI
      Score: 16½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Brown-red, low carbonation, good head. Sweet, roasty aroma. Sweetish, some roastiness, some bitterness, especially late.
    • Date: March 4, 1997 (#2029)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 16½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Red-brown, high carbonation, good head. Roasty-sweet aroma. Bitter, sweet with roast malt. Hints of chocolate, hints of hops. Bitterness late, lots of hop flavor in the finish.

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    7.10% abv.
    Awards:
    • Silver Medal, 2001 World Beer Championships
    • Date: June 10, 2008 (#7096)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 17 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright amber. Thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Fruity, piney hops.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium body, smooth. Big biscuity malt character, dry, with lots of spicy, earthy, resiny hop flavor. Nicely bitter. Finishes hoppy and clean.
      Overall Impression (2)
      Very good beer.

  • English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    5.00% abv.
    Awards:
    • Silver Medal, 2002 North American Beer Awards
    • Silver Medal, 2001 World Beer Championships
    • Silver Medal, 2000 World Beer Championships
    • Date: August 26, 2009 (#7895)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 16½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Amber. Slight haze. Dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Toasty. Spicy. Biscuity.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, fairly fizzy. Spicy hops and biscuity malt. Neither is assertive, both are in balance. Clean biscuity malt finish.
      Overall Impression (2½)
    • Date: July 23, 2003 (#4973)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Peabody's Ale House, Oshkosh WI
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright golden. Low carbonation. Moderate head. Very mild fruity hop aroma. Light-medium body, quite fizzy. Huge grainy malt flavor. Lots of fruity esters and a fruity hop flavor. Mild bitterness. Finishes clean.
    • Date: August 3, 2002 (#4393)
      Package: draught
      Place: Peabody's Ale House, Oshkosh WI
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Bright golden amber, thick head. Toasty malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Medium body, sweet and malty. Mildly toasty. Very mild fruity hop flavor and bitterness.
    • Date: March 4, 1997 (#2028)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Golden-amber, big head, OK carbonation. Grassy hop aroma. First impression: Anchor Steam! But not as bitter, probably smoother. Real nice balance, real pleasant lingering hoppy finish...some grapefruit flavor.

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    Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer
    11.20% abv.
    • Date: January 10, 2011 (#8418)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Place unknown
      Score: 20 points
      Appearance (3)
      Black. Low dense brown head.
      Aroma (4)
      Rich oak, coconut, vanilla. Alcohol. Malt. Sweet and roasty.
      Mouthfeel (10)
      Thick and chewy, and pretty fizzy. Massively malty, roasty, with huge oak flavors. Coconut. Vanilla. Leather. Very nicely warming.
      Overall Impression (3)
      Absurdly complex and well-balanced beer. Somebody gave me this bottle, but I can't remember who it was.

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    Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer
    11.00% abv.

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    Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XV
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer
    11.90% abv.

  • Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    4.50% abv.
    Awards:

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    Brother Thelonious
    Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
    9.00% abv.

  • Centennial Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

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    Christmas Ale 1989
    Traditional German-Style Bock

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    Grand Cru
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer
    12.90% abv.

  • Hefeweiss
    South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier

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    Le Merle
    French & Belgian-Style Saison
    7.90% abv.

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    Old No.38 Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
    5.60% abv.
    Awards:

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    Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
    Imperial Stout
    9.00% abv.
    Awards:

  • Old Stock Ale 2000
    Old Ale
    11.40% abv.
    Awards:

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    Old Stock Ale 2001
    Old Ale
    11.40% abv.
    Awards:

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    Old Stock Ale 2002
    Old Ale
    11.40% abv.
    Awards:

  • Old Stock Ale 2003
    Old Ale
    11.40% abv.
    Awards:

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    Old Stock Ale 2004
    Old Ale
    11.40% abv.

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    Old Stock Ale 2007
    Old Ale
    11.70% abv.

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    Old Stock Ale 2008
    Old Ale
    12.50% abv.

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    Old Stock Ale 2009
    Old Ale
    12.50% abv.

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    Old Stock Ale 2009 Cellar Reserve
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Strong Beer
    12.50% abv.

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    Old Stock Ale 2010
    Old Ale
    11.70% abv.

  • Old Stock Ale 2011
    Old Ale
    11.70% abv.

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    PranQster Belgian Ale
    Belgian-Style Tripel
    7.60% abv.
    Awards:

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    Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale
    5.50% abv.
    Awards:

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    Scrimshaw Pilsner Style Beer
    American Lager/Ale or Cream Ale
    4.40% abv.
    Awards:

  • Traditional Bock
    Traditional German-Style Bock

  • Wintertime Ale
    English-Style Brown Ale

  • Wintertime Ale 1992
    English-Style Brown Ale