After a wonderful hike with your family or friends on the new Fort Bragg Coastal Trail, you’ll be longing for a hearty meal in a comfortable, cozy place. A first class microbrew would really hit the spot! You’re in luck — one of the world-class microbrewing companies, the North Coast Brewing Company, is located right here in Fort Bragg, California, just walking distance or a short bike or auto ride from the Coastal Trail and Glass Beach. It’s also a great place to relax after a work day, if you’re a local, or a ride on the Skunk Train, if you’re a visitor.
So how did a world-class brewing company end up in Fort Bragg, California? Grab a cold one, a bowl of popcorn, and come watch this short video clip, which tells the story of North Coast Brewing Company’s founder, Mark Ruedrich, and the humble beginnings of what is now a very successful business.
Meet the team at North Coast Brewing Company who craft exceptional beers, with an appreciation for classic brews. They are deeply passionate about both their work and their location on the Mendocino Coast:
Video produced by TrimTab Media
The Brewers Association — the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers — recently released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 43 were craft brewing companies, and the North Coast Brewing Company is included on this list.
As their organization representative stated, “The top U.S. brewers continue to drive demand, growth, innovation and exponential interest in beers from small and independent brewers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “With a historic record number of breweries in the U.S., the top brewers continue to open new markets and expose beer drinkers to a variety of fuller-flavored styles and offerings.”
As one of Fort Bragg’s largest employers, the North Coast Brewing Company continues to be renowned for its brewery, family style restaurant, gift shop, bar, brewery tours, and philanthropic community outreach programs, recently recognized in the San Diego Troubador, as well as being a venue for some of the best live jazz on the Coast. On Friday and Saturday nights in the Sequoia Room, patrons can enjoy notable jazz artists and ensembles from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, as well as outstanding Mendocino County artists. Not only does North Coast Brewing Company provide a venue for jazz — the company leaders are also patrons of jazz.
North Coast Brewing Company was recently honored by the Jazz Journalists Organization as one of their 2016 Jazz Heroes!
Sponsors of the Jazz Heroes initiative and Jazz Awards include: The Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, JazzAhead, Berklee College of Music, the New School Jazz Program, Mack Avenue Records, North Coast Brewing Co., Motéma Records, Resonance Records, Century Media Partners, Sunnyside Records, the Jazz Foundation of America, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the Western Jazz Presenters Network, ECM, Monterey Jazz Festival, SFJazz and publicist Ann Braithwaite of Braithwaite and Katz.
By the way, this is the first of a new series of blog posts we’ll be publishing intermittently, featuring the stories of interesting companies, nonprofit organizations, and people who live in Fort Bragg, California. Are you, or is your organization, one of them?
If you would like to be featured, please contact us and let us know what you’re up to! If you or your organization has a short video clip (preferably five minutes long or less) that would help us tell your story to our readers, and a few good photos we can use, we’ll be glad to feature you in an upcoming post.
Fort Bragg-based businesses and organizations may want to consider being included in our Listings Directory as well, if you’re not there already. You must be based within the Fort Bragg city limits to be included, or hold benefit events for organizations within Fort Bragg. Please contact us if you need further information.