Episode 088 – North Coast Brewing Company Brother Thelonious

Named after – and a tribute to – the game-changing jazz musician Thelonious Monk, North Coast Brewing Company in Fort Brag, CA, puts out the Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale.

This beer wins in multiple ways. Every bottle sold puts money towards the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, to help young Jazz musicians get a proper music education, and the beer itself wins in character as well. Both Johnny and Dave put this in the 90s – a great flavor, if not slightly deceptive at 9.4% ABV.

  • castello

    top ten! five four three two 1 comment. why do I bother?

  • http://www.davemartorana.com Dave Martorana

    @castello – dunno, but we sure as hell appreciate it.

  • castello

    Great beer, great cause. I’ve had a couple of their beers and they are very good. I’ll be looking for that one.

  • http://www.twobeerqueers.com Russel Kealoha

    Great show guys, north coast had a few beers at Maui Brewfest if I remember right. Hard to remember cause it was so hot and I was so…drinking. I got a technical question that maybe you can answer. What are you guys using to shoot, camera wise? Anyway, good show, keep it up!

  • http://www.davemartorana.com Dave Martorana

    @Russel – I’ll take a look when I get into the office on Monday. It’s basically an older HD MiniDV 1080i Sony handy-cam which we pipe directly into a Macbook Pro via Firewire. Instead of taping to a MiniDV tape, we currently use iMovie to do a direct-capture to a digital .mov file, which I edit in Final Cut Express, and then use (the now outdated) VisualHub to compress to an .mp4 file. We go with .mp4 because it’s universally accepted on all the movie services that TubeMogul supports – as well as our iTunes feed, which plays on iPod Touch and iPhone devices.

    We’ll probably switch from .mp4 files to a different compression format, because the transform to Flash Video isn’t that great – and then instead use blip.tv’s auto-transform service to encode the videos to .mp4 when necessary. Since blip.tv feeds our iTunes podcast, that would be acceptable, and allow me to distribute standard .mov files instead.

    How’s that? :)

  • http://twoguysonbeer.com Two Guys On Beer

    aw yeah

  • beermarathon

    their blue star is the tastiest wheat beer evar. you guys need to try it.
    and you need facebook connect!

  • http://twoguysonbeer.com Two Guys On Beer

    Facebook Connect enabled! Also, we'll keep our eyes out for Blue Star!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=35001757 facebook-35001757

    that was quick, nice work. long time watcher, first time commenter. Keep up the good vid's. Glad it HD now.

  • http://twoguysonbeer.com Two Guys On Beer

    Thanks! And thanks for watching. (And us too – about the HD thing.)

  • beermarathon

    their blue star is the tastiest wheat beer evar. you guys need to try it.
    and you need facebook connect!

  • http://twoguysonbeer.com Two Guys On Beer

    Facebook Connect enabled! Also, we'll keep our eyes out for Blue Star!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=35001757 facebook-35001757

    that was quick, nice work. long time watcher, first time commenter. Keep up the good vid's. Glad it HD now.

  • http://twoguysonbeer.com Two Guys On Beer

    Thanks! And thanks for watching. (And us too – about the HD thing.)