How North Coast Brewing Saved the Centennial Hop

posted Friday, Jul 21, 2017  |  12:05PM

Back when North Coast Brewing Company’s President and Co-Found Mark Ruedrich was formulating Red Seal Ale (available from Cavalier in FL-IN-OH) nearly 30 years ago, he went to craft beer conference and discovered an obscure hop that he wanted to use…The Centennial hop. Unfortunately, it was not being produced much, but Mark convinced the hop grower to continue to grow it and for the next few years. From 1988 for the next few years, North Coast bought as much as 70% of the entire Centennial hop crop.

Today, it’s one of the top three hops used in the U.S., and has made beers like Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (available from Cavalier in Florida) brewed with 100% Centennial hops, the beer we have today.

Cheers to pioneer Mark and the Centennial hop. Learn more about Red Seal Ale and the other award-winning exceptional beers from North Coast at

Red Seal Ale
American Amber Ale
5.4% ABV
42 IBUs
Malt and hops are beautifully married in this full-bodied, copper-red Pale Ale. Red Seal is generously hopped for a long, spicy finish. An excellent accompaniment to grilled meats and rich sauces.