Friday, April 11, 2014

North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsener

This week, we are introducing yet another great beer to our draft beer selection. Although we have retired the Two Brothers Bitter End Pale Ale, in its place we are featuring North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsener.

Without a doubt, pilsener is the most misunderstood, and most imitated, style in the world of beer. It is the most “borrowed” beer designation that emerged form the Czech city of Pilsen in the mid-19th century. North Coast has done it right with their Scrimshaw.  (Scrimshaw is the name giving to the scroll work, engravings, and carvings done in bone or ivory by 19th century sailors of the sea.) 

North Coast's pilsener is brewed in traditional European fashion using Munich malt and Hallertaur hops. This light, clean crisp beer does not provide an overpowering hop flavor but just enough to keep you looking for more. It ends with a dry finish.

North Coast Brewery opened as a local brewpub that was founded in 1988 in Fort Bragg, California. It is located on the rugged coast of Mendocino County. Over the course of almost 15 years in business, North Coast has won over 80 gold and silver medals in both national and international beer-tasting events.

The brewery is also an avid, conscious "green" brewery. From the recycled bottling and packaging, to spent grain being given to local farmers for animal feed, or used hops given to the local gardeners for use as mulch... this company makes an effort to help conserve our natural resources. Electricity is kept to a minimum at their facility, and there is talk about implementing solar power technology.

Along with its stamp on the "green" foothold, it is also a major supporter of American jazz music. The brewery has supported many jazz societies with numerous monetary donations. In fact, the brewery and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz have partnered, and since the introduction of North Coast's Brother Thelonious Ale in 2006, a portion from each case or keg sold goes to this Institute to help the continuing education of American Jazz music.

Stop in and give Scrimshaw a try!

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