New Albion in the New Year: Plans for 2015

by Renee on January 14, 2015

tanksIt’s a new year, and this one is going to be good for us at New Albion Brewing Company–and if you are a fan of the Ale, we’ve got good news for you! Our brewery partners, Platform Beer Company, only in business since last July, have recently expanded their capacity by adding a new 10 bbl brewhouse from Portland Kettleworks. Those shiny tanks behind the bar look great, and one of those babies is dedicated to the production of New Albion Ale!

Our first batch will be ready in February, and once again, you’ll be able to have a pint right there in the Platform tap room. But the big news for New Albion Ale lovers throughout the region is that we’ll be available in 16 Heinen’s grocery stores in Ohio! heinensLogo-smallThat’s right, we’ll be at every Heinen’s store with a growler filling station in the beer department, from Aurora to Hudson to Willoughby and beyond. For $12.99, you can fill your growler with fresh, delicious New Albion Ale brewed by Platform, starting February 20th. (You can find the list of locations here–the only ones we won’t be at are their Illinois stores and Middleburg Heights.) I’ll be on hand to talk to folks about the history of New Albion at the Bainbridge Heinen’s store on Saturday, February 21st, from noon to 2 p.m. to kick things off! Each store will be getting a sixth barrel to start.

We’ll also have some limited distribution to several bars and bottle shops across Northeast Ohio–stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for announcements of where you’ll be able to find us. The plan beyond that is move from having the beer on draught in these locations to canning–which will mean further distribution. So stay tuned! It’s going to be a beery good year! Cheers!



Merry Craft Beer Christmas & Happy New Year!

by Renee on December 18, 2014

tanksWe’re getting ready to fill our stockings with beer, and say goodbye to 2014, but what a good year it has been for New Albion Brewing Company! We finally found the right partner in Platform Beer, and Cleveland Beer Week in October saw the relaunch of the Ale in Northeast Ohio. I couldn’t be prouder to be affiliated with these guys, and 2015 is looking brighter than ever.

This week Platform added a new 10 bbl brewhouse and more equipment is on its way. This includes a tank that’s brewhousededicated to our beer–and we are so looking forward to keeping New Albion Ale in your glass. We also have plans for distribution to a number of easily accessible outlets around NE Ohio–stay tuned for that news–and yes, canning could be in our near future as well!

So raise a glass to the return of the original craft beer! The Cleveland craft beer community is rocking, and I hope you’ll join us in Ohio City in 2015 to celebrate.

Merry happy! Cheers~


Giving Thanks

by Renee on November 18, 2014

The Fam A little over a week out until Thanksgiving, and there is much to be grateful for in 2014. Of course there’s my immediate family: my wonderful husband Paul, who makes me laugh every day, and my in-laws; my smart and beautiful (inside & out) daughter Ali; and funny, endearing stepson Matt. My amazing stepdaughter Elizabeth and her growing family. Plus my dear Mom, Mary Ann; and naturally Jack, my wry and wise dad; not to mention his sister, my Aunt Cathy, who is a great friend and correspondent as well. Jack & meThen there’s my BFF Cami; my great group of girlfriends; their spouses, and all the good people in my life. My four-legged best friend Harley, the old yellow lab, is a constant companion and the only one who still lets me tuck him in every night.

I’m also really, really thankful for those who have helped me to bring New Albion Ale back into being again: Paul Benner, Justin Carson and Shaun Yasaki at Platform Beer Company; Sam McNulty, the unofficial mayor of Ohio City; not to mention my investors (you know who you are!) and my fabulous business barrister, Terry Vincent; and my webmaster and friend Scott Groth. And to everyone who came out to celebrate cami & meour revival, and continues to support our efforts–from old friends from Maryland to newer friends in the Cleveland craft beer contingent, I thank you, heartily. You are all the BEST.

I’m one lucky woman. Cheers to more good beer and good times in 2015.



October 20, 2014

It was quite a week. Cleveland Beer Week 2014 brought New Albion Ale back to the masses, and Jack and I couldn’t be prouder. Northeast Ohio has embraced us, and we thank every one of you who came out to raise a glass, talk brew and offer well-wishes and support. Jack is extremely happy with [...]

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