Beer Birthday: Mark Ruedrich

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Today is the 63rd birthday of Mark Ruedrich, co-owner, and original brewer, of North Coast Brewing in Fort Bragg. Mark was a marine biologist who discovered good beer while living in England. Looking for a spot to build a brewery in Northern California, he was drawn to the tidal pools around Fort Bragg, and built a mini-beer empire there beginning in 1988. His Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout was one of the first truly great world-class beers made by early American microbreweries and helped the nascent industry on the map. Plus he’s great fun to share a pint with. Join me in wishing Mark a very happy birthday.

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Mark with North Coast co-owner Tom Allen at GABF in 2006.

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North Coast brewer Ken Kelley with Mark at the brewery last year.

Comments

  1. jim halter says

    Hi Mark. Hard to believe its been over 30 years since I first did some wiring for you and Matt.. Just sitting at our little market tasting beer. Tonight is lost coast brewery night.. I asked the beer tasting coach if she has contacted you yet and she has not.My family and I are now living in Palo cedeo, its a small town east of Redding.give me a call sometime. If you are looking for some more beervenders. We still have fort.Bragg ties, and every time we eat at your resterant I ask about you but haven’t been able to connect..happy birthday.. Jim halter 5302274444.

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