Californian microbrewer brings craft ales to UK

north coast beersNorth Coast, one of California’s most celebrated microbreweries, is introducing a selection of its beers into the UK for the first time, including the classic Acme brand.

The 10-strong range will be headed by Old Rasputin Imperial Stout alongside Acme’s California Pale Ale and California IPA and Belgian-style beers Brother Thelonious, Le Merle and PranQster.

North Coast, based at Fort Bragg, Medocino County and brewing since 1988, will showcase the range at the Craft Beer Rising show at The Old Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane from February 21 to 23.

Between them, the 10 beers coming to the UK have won 41 gold medals at The World Beer Championships held annually in Chicago, Illinois.

Old Rasputin Imperial Stout is a rich, intense brew, which is rated at a perfect 100 on industry standard and has won seven gold medals at The World Beer Championships.

Brother Thelonious is a Belgian-style abbey ale, Le Merle is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale and gold medal winner, and PranQster is a Belgian-style golden ale and four-time gold medal winner.

North Coast is also releasing Old Stock Ale, a dark chestnut “Old Ale” rated 99 on Ratebeer, winner of one platinum and three golds, the full-bodied American amber ale Red Seal Ale, Scrimshaw Pilsner, Blue Star Wheat Beer and Grand Cru.

It has also resurrected the old Acme label with a heritage dating back to San Francisco of the 1860s. Bottles of Acme’s California Pale Ale and California IPA, which each earned seven gold medals between 2000 and 2006, feature Ruby, the “Swinging Girl” inspired by the nose cone art on World War II bombers.

North Coast’s portfolio will be available in the UK from Left Coast Distribution.

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