North Coast PranQster
WHAT IS IN A NAME
From co-founder Tom Allen, “The Belgians had established naming their beers with a slightly wicked reference – Duvel, Lucifer, Verboten, etc. We liked that, and so followed PranQster trading on the Belgian precedent with a light touch.” It also gives us great pleasure to allude to the Northern California history of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters which is a noted part of our regional history. The “Q” is included for uniqueness and fits the unique qualities in this ale.
From co-Brewmaster, Patrick Broderick, “PranQster was a fun beer to create. During the trials we brewed the beer in batches with a number of Belgian strains of yeast and sat down one day in 1995 to see which strain we liked the best. One of us poured two of the samples together and viola we had found the perfect blend of banana-like fruit and clove-like phenol character that we were looking for. It’s not an easy trick to propagate from two separate strains of yeast each time we brew the beer but the effort is well worth it. PranQster, like the originals from Belgium, is one-of-a kind!”
PranQster has won the Gold for the best Belgian Style Pale Ale at the 2014 San Diego International Beer Competition. The judging was conducted by hops and barley loving industry professionals in a blind tasting. Already a four time gold medal winner, PranQster was awarded number five.
Belgian Style Golden Ale