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Red Tail Ale(1983) brewed by the Mendocino Brewing Company

Red Tail Ale brewed by the Mendocino Brewing Company in Ukiah, California

Red Tail Ale is our flagship brand. It is brewed in the traditional "old world" manner, using premium two-row malted barley, hops and our own special proprietary yeast strain. It is an amber ale with a rich complex refreshing flavor and a crisp dry finish. Like good wine, Red Tail Ale is a perfect complement to fine dining. This ale is classified as an American Style Amber Ale with a ABV: 6.1%.

Red Tail Ale(1983) brewed by the Mendocino Brewing Company

Beer Review by Todd at Beer Advocate
Appearance: Amber with a touch of haze. The white head is quite sticky, semi-clumpy and very healthy looking.

Smell: Sweet pale malts, a touch of raw grain, esters and herbal hop aromas.

Taste: Smooth, malty and crisp. Notes of caramel and toasted malts aid in an almost chewy upfront mouthfeel. Alcohol notes are definitely present, and hide nicely behind a mild hop spiciness. Right in the middle, for a brief second, a lemony hop flavour punches through. A touch of citrus rind and herbal follows, continuing right into the aftertaste. Finishes slightly dry, with a bit of hop oil and malt huskiness.

Notes: Damn, this is one fine ale. Very well balanced, extremely drinkable and suprisingly warming. Makes me wonder what the abv is as my head heats up and my belly warms. It costs nearly $9 a 6-pak in Cambridge, MA ... but man is it worth it. Another fine ale from Mendocino Brewing Co. Buy some now.
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Mendocino Brewing Company - History
The Hopland Brewery was founded in 1983 by homebrewers Michael Laybourn and Norman Franks, who purchased the brewing equipment of the recently closed New Albion Brewing Company, also hiring former New Albion brewers Jack McAuliffe and Don Barkley to operate the brewery.[1] The flagship beer was named Red Tail Ale, named after both the beer's color and also a local hymn titled "The Redtail Hawk". The theme of naming all its beer varieties after birds continues to this day. Opened on August 14, 1983, the Hopland Brewery was the first brewpub (brewery to sell beer and food on-premises) in California and second in the United States

Expansion and Growth
By the 1990's, the need for a dramatic expansion became evident. Land was acquired in Ukiah, CA, the facility remaining near the scenic California 101, just 12 miles north of the Hopland Brewery. Architects were charged with making the facility appealing to the eye in its surroundings as well as providing for efficiency and growth in the interior. A Mission style was chosen and the building is still timeless in its backdrop of the golden-green hills of Mendocino County. It was in 1997 that Dr. Vijay Mallya, a global entrepreneur, took interest in Mendocino Brewing Company. Dr. Mallya, the head of “The UB Group”, a worldwide manufacturer of spirits and beer, believed that given the capital, Mendocino Brewing could remain in a position of strength for years to come. The addition of Olde Saratoga Brewing in New York State vaulted Mendocino Brewing into the sphere of East-Coast/West-Coast distribution, fostering the delivery of fresher product through dramatically shortened supply lines (a concept that has recently become vogue in the current fuel-obsessed economy). Though the scope had changed, the dream and passion remained intact.

The Future
It’s been a long strange trip from Hopland in 1983. We’ve trekked from a 1983 production of about 400 barrels (5500 case equivalent) to the current production of about 75,000 barrels (over one million cases)…from distribution over the bar in Hopland to nearly nationwide distribution in countless stores, restaurants, bars and tap houses. As we roll into the second decade of a new century, we’ve come from making a handful of ales to the manufacture and distribution our Seasonal Releases, the new Imperial Series, (IPA, Stout & Barleywine) Organic Ale and Lagers (under our Butte Creek Label), our industry jarring Cast-of-Hawk “mix-packs” and an ever-growing number of contracts brewed for other entities (a growing industry trend). Currently, Mendocino Brewing is responsible for the production of well over 20 nationally recognized labels.
Mendocino Brewing Company
1601 Airport Rd,
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone:(707) 463-2627


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