It’s just over a year since we held the very first Paul DeLuca Winter Warmer Challenge, and this year, it will be even bigger! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 7 p.m. and warm up with a dozen different winter ales! Once again, I am using the event to raise money to battle cancer through the Northern Ohio Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Of course, having lost Paul to CNS primary lymphoma in 2015, it is a cause that is near to my heart.
While we held the smaller first event at the home of our good friend Doug Ricketts, this year we are opening it up to the public, and holding it at the Chagrin Falls Township Hall on Main Street. We have a dozen delicious winter warmers for you to sample…and at the end we’ll find out which was the crowd favorite. If you’re not a beer drinker, that’s all right too, there will also be wine, pop and water to drink. (There are designated driver tickets available as well.)
Pair all those libations with pizza, chili, appetizers and other delicious treats, and you have a great party! We’ll also have a 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction. Donations for our auction which you can bid on and win include:
And more! (If you’d like to donate something to our auction, please email me at email@example.com.)
We’ll also have a very special batch of the Erie Son Ale, brewed with Chardon BrewWorks by Doug Ricketts and Denis Marino.
You can buy your tickets right here, or at the door. There is a donation button when you click on the ticket button if you cannot attend but would like to contribute to our cause. Thank you so much, our goal is a CURE! Cheers!
Somehow September 2016 escaped without my noting that I started this blog six years ago already. Quite a bit has changed in my life since I launched this virtual bar: Paul gone, kids grown, New Albion brewed, many travels. You can read my very first post here.
I have written about my journey in getting to know Jack, some of those life milestones and changes, and shared a lot about good craft beer. I hope you’ve enjoyed a post or two along the way. I have had many chances to monetize this platform, but I really just write it for myself.
So, cheers to six years of putting thought to paper. Virtual paper, anyway. I’ll just keep on keepin’ on, and drinking craft brew. Won’t you join me? I’ll keep this seat next to me at the bar open.
It was 40 years ago today that New Albion Brewing Company became officially established as the first post-Prohibition microbrewery in the U.S. It came from the mind and hands of my father, Jack McAuliffe. After a stint in the Navy overseas, drinking wonderful brews in Europe, he returned home to find that the delicious ales he fell in love with were not to be found. So he did it himself–fashioned a brewery from old farm equipment, found a farmer to sell him some Cascade hops (all that were available), bought a train car of malt (the only quantity he could buy) and made his dream a reality. It all began in Sonoma, California–a land once dubbed “New Albion” by Sir Francis Drake. Jack lived “like a spider,” as he says, above his brewhouse, where he spent all his time brewing up those first ales, porters, stouts and his special barleywine.
Today there are over 4,000 breweries doing business in the good ol’ U.S.A.– many of them are sharing their good beer at the Great American Beer Fest in Denver this week. I’ve been at GABF with Jack, and walking up and down those aisles of the Denver Convention Center with him is a pretty fun thing to behold. Today you can get a catalog and order up some shiny new brewing equipment, some hops, some malt and off you go, like many of those GABF participants. It wasn’t that way back in the ’70s when Jack first fired up the kettle.
I’m proud to continue the tradition as we brew the original New Albion Ale recipe with Platform Beer Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Jack worked with the Platform brewers and says it’s every bit as good as he remembers.
So here’s to Jack, and his dream of better beer for all. Raise a glass of your favorite American made craft beer: CHEERS to Jack, and 40 years of New Albion! It’s one man’s dream come true, and millions of beer lovers made happy.