Beer Birthday: Mark Ruedrich

Today is the 66th 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 put 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.

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

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


  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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