Just off the Mendocino Coast of California, we in Fort Bragg have a special place in our hearts for the marine mammals that grace our coastal waters, including the Stellar sea lion. In support of this magnificent creature, one of our favorite local breweries – North Coast Brewing Company – recently introduced a new IPA to their craft lineup.
Called the North Coast Stellar IPA, this hoppy brew draws awareness to the declining population of Stellar sea lions.
Often seen off the Northern coast of California, these marine mammals are an intrinsic part of the coastal ecosystem and our home.
North Coast Brewing Company will make a contribution to marine mammal research for every bottle, case and keg of North Coast Stellar IPA that’s sold, giving you a very good reason to sample this beer during your coastal California stay.
Brewbound.com describes this craft brew as having, “bright notes of grapefruit, muscat, pennyroyal and spruce tips.” To us, it sounds like a truly refreshing yet hoppy beer to enjoy on a fall or winter afternoon!
Proceeds of this India Pale Ale will be going to two local organizations: The Noyo Center for Marine Science in Fort Bragg and The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, as well as the Marine Mammal Research Unit at The University of British Columbia.
Located less than ten minutes away from Cleone Gardens Inn, North Coast Brewing Company is a highly recommended tourist stop with a rich history.
The brewery also boasts more than 70 national and international awards, which give us confidence that any stout or ale you taste is sure to be exceptional.
Now that we have you dreaming of a relaxing dinner on the coast with a crisp specialty brew in hand, all that’s left to do is book your stay at Cleone Gardens Inn and grab a case of Stellar IPA.
We look forward to seeing you here on the Mendocino Coast!
Northern California is unique in and of itself. It offers an environment unlike any other carved from a rugged, virgin, ever evolving earth on the eastern rim of the Pacific Ocean. Mendocino county in particular is full of environmental subtleties all its own, with unmatched fauna, flora and landscape. If ever in the area, there is a laundry list of activities you must enjoy.
The Glass Beach
Probably the most colorful site you’ll see in nature, the Glass Beach by Fort Bragg is the highest concentration of sea glass on earth. Dazzling the senses, the sea glass runs the color spectrum from the deepest of reds to the brightest of yellows. Rounded by the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean, the sea glass is composed of all kinds of elements.
What some may not realize, however, is this sea glass is a product of mankind and their trash from the early 20th century. It consists of everything from bottles to window panes to pottery and is a perfect example of nature reclaiming man’s impressions on earth.
Unusual soil composition and pH combine to stunt the growth of the trees and shrubs in this secluded section of forest. Low growth is thanks to a poor water table, fast drainage and inhospitable naturally occurring chemicals have allowed the foliage to sustain here for hundreds of years but certainly not flourish. And the culmination is much more interesting than a bunch of short trees. Rather, the conditions have created an almost alien landscape thanks to a phenomenon replicated few other places on earth.
A designated California state park, the Mendocino Headlands is a coastal hiker’s paradise. Completely secluded from the ‘advances’ of civilization, the park is a perfect cross segment to the Northern California landscape. Easy-to-hike yet rugged trails span the coastline to provide perfect vantage points for amazing vistas over the Pacific Ocean and the beaches hugging the shores. And you don’t have to be an expert hiker or climber to traverse the pioneering—yet welcoming—trails.