BBC15badgeHello dear reader. Sorry I’ve been remiss in updating this blog–but it has been quite a whirlwind as New Albion Ale has been selling like crazy since we re-released it in early 2015. I made a number of appearances pouring and promoting, including a stop at my local Heinen’s stores and a Girls Pint Out Cleveland tasting at Platform Beer Company.

I’m happy to let you know that I’ve been named as a panelist at the next Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference, coming up in July in Asheville, NC (I can’t wait to check out the craft beer scene there, I’ve never been!). I’ll be speaking on a panel of beer bloggers who have found themselves working in the business of beer. I’ll be appearing with Eric Steen, who turned his blogging into a job with Hopworks Brewery in Oregon, and Mark deNote, who grew from blogging into becoming a published book author.

I attended the very first Beer Bloggers Conference  in 2010, which was a great gerardexperience. I had just launched my blog and was such a newbie–it was wonderful making friends who I’m still in touch with today, including Julia Herz of the Brewers Association, Mariah Calagione of Dogfish Head and Gerard Walen of Beer in Florida, as well as many others. A few years later I attended the Boston conference as well. It has grown and become an important touchstone for me. I really look forward to meeting many others, and hearing keynoter Kim Jordan of New Belgium Beer. I had the opportunity to hear her speak once before at a Craft Brewers Conference. I’m sorry I’ll be missing CBC this year in Portland, OR. It coincides with a conference I’m attending next week for my Real Life job. So far beer isn’t paying all the bills! But that’s okay. New Albion is growing and I’m very pleased with the progress. Platform Beer recently announced their own expansion, which is great news for us as well.

Meanwhile, if you’re a beer writer or blogger, I hope you’ll consider joining me in Asheville! Cheers~

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

by Renee on February 18, 2015

growlerThe day finally arrived–a day I had worked toward for two years–delivery of New Albion Ale to local Heinen’s stores all around NE Ohio! When the Boston Beer/Sam Adams release happened in January 2013, Jack and I went on tour for the beer, and while we drove around to promote it, we had talks about what we would do when the brand’s trademark was released back to Jack. He asked if I’d want to continue brewing it, and I think I surprised even myself when I said, “Yes, of course!”

After incorporating the Brewer’s Daughter Beer Company LLC with the help of my business lawyer, finding investors, several starts and stops finding the right brewing partner, working out all the details with Platform Beer, and a soft launch during Cleveland Beer Week last October, it was finally time for the Real Deal. The first 10 bbl batch was ready, and it was time to deliver!

The day dawned cold and clear–I was happy there was no snow, something we’ve had no shortage ofbridge lately. I arrived at Platform with the big Dodge Nitro, plenty of room for 9 sixth barrels in the back. I’m no dummy, so I also brought a couple of my own growlers for filling. And the beer is delicious! Shaun Yasaki, Platform’s head brewer, did a great job with the recipe. When Jack was here in October, he offered a few notes, and Shaun tweaked it perfectly. Today’s New Albion Ale is amazingly on point, and fresh, with just the right balance of malt and hops.

listI have to confess, I had tears in my eyes a couple of times as I was driving from one Heinen’s store to the next, thinking about this journey I’ve been on. From finding my birthmother, Linda, to finding Jack, and then heading down this beery road with him–it has been filled with wonderful people, places and opportunities. (An interview I did with Jim McIntyre at WHK radio that aired this week details most of it. You can listenkeg to it HERE.)

This Saturday, Feb. 21st, I will be at the Bainbridge and Pepper Pike Heinen’s stores to talk about the New Albion story and pour some of its golden deliciousness for you. I hope you’ll come out and fill your growler with a taste of craft beer history! Cheers to this beery journey!

 

 

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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!

 

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Merry Craft Beer Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 18, 2014

We’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 [...]

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