With spring comes the annual Cleveland International Film Festival, in its 42nd year. A great event, this year’s fest represents 72 countries, brings 216 feature films, 253 short films, 14 virtual reality films, and offers six interactive media projects. Taking place at Tower City, it runs from April 4 through the 15th.

On Friday, April 6th at 4 p.m., the movie “Brewmaster” will be screened, followed by a panel discussion. I will be part of this panel, along with Jeremy Langham of Ironborne Brew Works,  local brewing legend Pat Conway of Great Lakes Brewing Company, as well as Douglas Tirola, director of the documentary. We’ll discuss building a community around craft beer. 

This will be a sort of last Cleveland hurrah for me, as I pack up and move to Raleigh, NC the next day. Yes, it’s time to head south of the Mason-Dixon Line once again for this girl. I grew up in Maryland, and had spent a lot of vacation time in beautiful North Carolina over the years, it has always called to me. While I have loved my 30+ years in Ohio, and the memories I’ve made and the people I’ve met, recent changes in my life prompted me to finally say “it’s time.” My best friend took off for the City of Oaks a couple of years ago, and I’ve been to visit more than a few times. I love the vibe there, the beer scene, the people and yes, the more temperate weather, not to mention the easy access to beach and mountains. I’m planning a trip to Beer City, Asheville, NC soon after I arrive. (Look for a future post about that!)

I still plan on brewing New Albion beers with Platform Beer in Cleveland. With their recent expansion of distribution out of state, perhaps you’ll see our beer head South as well. Stay tuned…and cheers to changes!


New Albion Can Release Party

by Renee on October 9, 2017

What a great week I had with my Dad! Jack got into Cleveland a day or so ahead of our New Albion Ale can release party on October 5th, and I had the opportunity to take him to the new Platform production facility, which was once the old Cleveland Leisy Brewing Company. He enjoyed the tour given by owner Paul Benner, and seeing how much our brewing partners have grown since the last time he was in town for our original partnership kickoff party back in 2014.

The next night was the can release party, and it was all about family, friends, beer and fun! Jack was pleased that his brother Tom came in for it from Chicago. It was Tom’s first visit to Cleveland, and he was very impressed with the craft beer scene in our fair city. The party got rolling around 5 p.m., and we had the chance to say hello to many New Albion fans who stopped in for a taste and to take a six-pack home–Jack and I were happy to see everyone loving the latest incarnation of his standard bearer recipe. He enjoyed chatting with everyone and taking photos with everyone who asked. One of my favorite pictures of the evening included my daughter Ali, my Uncle Tom, my new puppy Porter, and of course Jack himself!

One of the most exciting things about the event was that along with the New Albion Ale, two other New Albion brews were on tap: the New Albion Red (once known as “Old Toe Sucker”) and the Oatmeal Stout. The brewers at Platform worked with Jack’s assistant brewer from back in the day, Don Barkley, to recreate the exact recipes. It was truly a thrill. (Today Don is the founder of Napa Smith Brewing.)

HOMAGE was also on hand to take orders for the New Albion t-shirts–those are just flying off the proverbial shelf! (You can get yours now for just $32.) Meanwhile, I hope if you’re in Ohio, you’ll ask your Platform Beer retailer for a six pack of New Albion Ale–it’s delicious and it’s selling out quickly! The timing of the release was perfect as October 8th was the 41st anniversary of the incorporation of New Albion Brewing Company.

Look for me around Cleveland in the coming week–it’s Cleveland Beer Week— and I’d love to know what you think about the new brew! Cheers!


Cleveland, Ohio--Mark Thursday, October 5th on your calendar for the historic release of the iconic New Albion Ale in cans at Platform Beer Co. The release party starts at 5 p.m. at 4125 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, and also at the Platform Columbus tap room at 408 N. 6th Street. Look for a tap takeover in Cincinnati. (Location TBD) New Albion Brewing Company founder Jack McAuliffe is expected to make an appearance at the Cleveland location along with his daughter, New Albion President, Renée DeLuca. October 8th marks the 41st anniversary of the incorporation of New Albion Brewing Company.

McAuliffe’s New Albion is noted to be the first post-Prohibition microbrewery, founded in Sonoma, California in1976. It was shuttered six years later when McAuliffe could not get the funding he needed to expand. Boston Beer’s Jim Koch released America’s first pale ale for the first time since the brewery closed in 1982 at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013, when it was bottled by Samuel Adams and sold on store shelves across the country for several months.

Following that one-off release, McAuliffe’s daughter Renée revived the historic brew with Platform Beer Company in Cleveland in 2014. Platform is currently the exclusive brewer of New Albion. A gold medal winner at GABF in 2015 for their Black Eagle Gratzer, Platform celebrated its third anniversary in 2017.

Platform founder Justin Carson said, “We are excited to bring back this historic beer in cans so it can be distributed further and enjoyed by craft beer lovers throughout Ohio. Its clean, crisp refreshing taste is the foundation every craft beer that followed was built upon.”

To celebrate and honor the beer, HOMAGE, a vintage-inspired apparel company based in Columbus, OH, has designed a T-shirt featuring the iconic schooner that appears on the New Albion label. The shirts will be sold at Homage retail locations and at HOMAGE.com for $32.


The Tipsy Gypsy Caravan!

July 10, 2017

I’m so excited to introduce the Tipsy Gypsy Caravan, dear readers– this is my best friend Cami Bell’s business dream and it has come to reality all because of her amazing vision and talent for entertaining. The Tipsy Gypsy is a mobile bar, and she’s currently operating in the Raleigh, NC area. Contact information can […]

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