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Table Bluff Brewing, Inc., doing business as Lost Coast Brewery, is a brewery in Eureka, California, which produces year-round and seasonal beers. Between 1990 and 2011, the brewery expanded production to 60,000 barrels per year. A larger production facility built in 2014 permits 200,000 to 600,000 barrels annually.


History


Lost Coast Brewery was founded by Wendy Pound and Barbara Groom in 1989. It is one of only two female-owned breweriesRichey, David
California Craft Brewing Industry: An Economic Impact Study
California Craft Brewers Association, 2012, pages 18-19, accessed January 16, 2014
in Humboldt County, along with Six Rivers Brewery in McKinleyville. Pound and Groom developed the idea in 1986 and spent three years on research and development including visits to English and Welsh pubs, home experimentation and refining their techniques.Lost Coast Brewery
Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2014
In 1989, they bought the Fraternal Order of the Knights of Pythias Pythian Castle and opened the brewery and pub there in 1990. The brewery outgrew the original location and moved to a larger building in Eureka in 1994, where by 2011, they produced 60,000 barrels of beer, making it the 46th largest brewery in the U.S. despite distribution in only 19 states at the time.Lost Coast Brewery: Our Story and Beers
Lost Coast Brewery, 2014
In 2012, the U.S. Brewers Association named Lost Coast Brewery one of the top 50 (by volume) craft and overall breweries, and listed it as number 38 on their nationwide ranking. Following a decade of nearly 20 percent growth, Lost Coast employed 80 people and announced a $15 million new free-standing facility in Eureka, on a site.Poor, Kaci
Eureka Council to discuss Lost Coast Brewery project
Eureka Times-Standard, November 18, 2012, accessed January 16, 2014
The plan allowed them to open a facility producing between 200,000 and 600,000 barrels annually.Rodriguez, Lorna
Breaking ground: Lost Coast Brewery construction to begin
Eureka Times-Standard, November 23, 2013, accessed January 16, 2014
In 2013, Lost Coast Brewery distributed beer to 21 states and 11 nations.

Products

Lost Coast brews both year-round and seasonal beers. *''Great White'' is an unfiltered, Belgian Witbier. Its base is malted barley and unmalted wheat with citrus and Humboldt county herbs. In 2002 and 2003, Lost Coast's Great White Ale was a silver medalist at the California State Fair. *''Tangerine Wheat'' is a wheat beer flavored with lemon. The ''Los Angeles Times'' called it a "charming outdoor sipper as the weather warms, and it has real potential as a food beer". *''Downtown Brown'' was the first beer distributed by Lost Coast Brewery. It's a lightly-hopped dark malt ale. In 1993, it won a Bronze medal in the American Brown Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival. From 1997 through 2000, Downtown Brown was voted the number one beer in the Time Standard Reader's Choice Awards, and won first place at the 2000 West Coast Beer Fest. In 2002, Downtown Brown received a gold medal at the LA County Fair and another gold in 2003 at the California State Fair.Awards
Lost Coast Brewery, 2014
*''Alleycat Amber'' is a burgundy-orange ale with a sweet aroma, a caramel flavor, and slight bitterness. At the 1997 California Brewer's Fest, the Alleycat Amber won both a gold medal and Best in Show. At the California State Fair in 1999 and 2002, Alleycat was the Bronze Medal beer. *''8-Ball Stout'' is an ale brewed with malts roasted like coffee beans to give the beer its color and flavor. This stout was a two-time gold medalist at the Los Angeles County Fair in 2004 and 2005. It also won silver medals at the California State Fair in 2002 and 2003. *''Indica India Pale Ale'' is an ale brewed with hops, herbs, and citrus flavors. Indica India Pale Ale was recognized as one of the World's "Must Taste Beers" in the 2003 "All About Beer Magazine". The label design caused religious controversy in 2004.Greenson, Thadeus
Brewery draws religious ire
Eureka Times-Standard, July 21, 2009, accessed January 16, 2014
A lawsuit on the design
Weekly Wrap, North Coast Journal, May 12, 2005, accessed January 16, 2014,
went to the California Supreme Court which decided the label was protected by free speech. The design was subsequently modified slightly. The controversy has been discussed by the Parliament of India and resulted in dozens of angry complaints since. The beer won a gold medal at the Los Angeles County Fair (2004), at the Humboldt County Fair (2001, 2003, 2006) and second place at the California State Fair (2012). *''Fogcutter Double IPA''Lost Coast Brewing 2009 Limited Release Specialties
The Full Pint, January 7, 2009, accessed January 16, 2014
*''Revenant IPA'' *''Hazy IPA'' *''Watermelon Wheat'' *''Raspberry Brown'' is Lost Coast Brewery's Downtown Brown with an infusion of raspberry and chocolate malt flavor. In 2003, the Raspberry Brown was voted best in California by the United States Beer Tasting Championships. *''Winterbraun'' is a seasonal "winter warmer." The ale uses Saaz hops, and chocolate and caramel malts that are added at the end of the brewing process. Winterbraun placed second in the 1998 World Beer Championship. * Other seasonal selections have included Apricot Wheat, Harvest Wheat, Scotch Ale, Strawberry Wheat

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