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.



by Renee on October 20, 2014

release 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 our partnership with Platform Beer Company–Paul,nabco Justin, Shaun and crew did a fabulous job brewing the beer and hosting everyone for the relaunch. Of course it’s just the beginning–we plan on continuing our partnership. Stay tuned here and on our social media pages for more details on when and where you’ll be able to buy New Albion Ale going forward, and plans for other beers along the way.

I appreciate the warm welcome you gave to Jack no matter where we showed up this week: WBCWilloughby Brewing Company; Red, Wine & Brews; Chardon BrewWorks; Chuck’s Beverage; Market Garden Brewing; even my local dive bar, The Patio.

We started a hashtag to keep track of all the posts and comments about the beer: #NewAlbionLives. I’m happy to say, it does. Cheers~


CLE Beer Week–Bigger & Beerier Than Ever!

by Renee on October 3, 2014

cbw-logo-mainJust six years ago Cleveland Beer Week began on the North Coast, and this year, organizers have really outdone themselves with over 350 brew-related activities on the calendar, at over 125 venues–adding an extra day to accomodate even more flagship beer events! That’s a lot of fun and suds! Of course, I’m most excited about the re-release of New Albion Ale with Platform Beer Company on Friday, October 17th. But whether you’re an East-sider, a West-sider, a downtown dweller, or someone who doesn’t mind crossing the Cuyahoga and hitting it all–you are going to find an event or two that’s right for you. You can even feel good going to all these flagship events, knowing that proceeds benefit the Jimmy Malone Scholarship Program. So drink up!

Once again, we get this party started with the Collaboration Kickoff in several area neighborhoods, including E. 4th Street, Lakewood, Tremont, Ohio City and Cedar/Lee. (The Cedar/Lee event takes place on Oct. 11th, all the other kickoffs happen on Oct. 10th.) For $25/per person (advance sales) you can visit various neighborhood haunts for a taste of a different collaboration beer:

  • Yadig?, a Berliner Hopfen-Weiss with 4.8% ABV by Great Lakes Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery of Longmont, Colorado.
  • OH-MI!, an English Mild Ale with 4.5% ABV by Buckeye Brewing and Saugatuck Brewing Company of Douglas, Michigan.
  • Brooklyn Dog, a Saison with 4% ABV by Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. and Brooklyn Brewery of Brooklyn, New York.
  • Fat Devil, a Black India Pale Lager (IPL) with 6% by Fat Heads Brewery and Devils Backbone Brewing Company of Roseland, Virginia.
  • Dead Canary, a Grisette Ale with 4% ABV by The Brew Kettle and Full Pint Brewing Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Other Flagship Events include a Belgian Social; the Ales on Rails ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad; a big Browns/Steelers Tailgate party; and my personal favorite, the beer and cheese pairing party, Culture Yourself, this year happening at the historic West Side Market.  They’ve added a Rock and Brew Showcase at the Beachland Ballroom; the Offshore Pour on the Nautica Queen; Oskar Blues Can Jam at the Cleveland Agora; and the ever-popular BREWzilla, A Monster of a Beer Tasting at the 5th Street Arcades, a new venue this year.

The entire week is extended to Sunday, Oct. 19th with the Bluegrass Brew Bash on Whiskey Island from noon to 5 p.m. Local and regional bluegrass acts will take the stage while you sip a pint or two and enjoy food truck fare of all kinds. You can create your own itinerary and buy tickets to all of these flagship events, directly at the website:

So, Cleveland craft beer fans, here’s your chance to win tickets to your choice of two Flagship events: the Collaboration Kickoff (Ohio City neighborhood) or BREWzilla, a Monster of a Beer Tasting. Please leave me a comment here about which event you’d like to attend and why you’re excited about Cleveland Beer Week! I’ll draw a random winner for the Ohio City Collaboration Kickoff on Weds., Oct. 8th at noon; and then another winner for the BREWzilla tickets on Weds., Oct. 15th at noon. For an additional chance at winning, please Tweet me: “I want to win tickets to Cleveland Beer Week from @BrewersDaughter!”  (NOTE: I have been offered Kickoff and Brewzilla tickets in exchange for promotion of these events. All comments are my own opinion. This is Cleveland’s moment to shine in the craft beer world, don’t miss out!)

Cheers~hope to see you at the Platform Beer/New Albion Ale party on October 17th at 6 p.m.–meet Jack and taste history!



New Albion Ale Returns for CLE Beer Week!

September 17, 2014

  New Albion Brewing Company Revives First American Pale Ale with Platform Beer Company for Cleveland Beer Week  The first U.S. post-Prohibition microbrewery, New Albion Brewing Company is pleased to announce its collaboration with Cleveland’s Platform Beer Company, re-releasing New Albion Ale for the first time since its early 2013 release with the Boston Beer [...]

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