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: www.clevelandbeerweek.org.

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!

by Renee on September 17, 2014


Platform BeerNew 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 Company. The Sam Adams/New Albion bottles were on store shelves across the country for about six months. The re-launch will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Platform Brewhouse, 4125 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland during Cleveland Beer Week.

New Albion President Renée DeLuca, daughter of New Albion founder Jack McAuliffe, said she is thrilled to have the original craft beer available and back in the hands of fans. “Cleveland Beer Week is the perfect time to re-release this historic American pale ale. We are proud to collaborate with the Platform Beer Company, an exciting new addition to the Northeast Ohio brew scene. Founders Paul Benner and Justin Carson are cut from the same cloth as my father, Jack, as a home brewer and meticulous craftsman. Head Brewer Shaun Yasaki came from the award-winning Fat Head’s Brewing Company before joining Platform, and he is getting great reviews for the beers he’s brewing there. I’m proud to be associated with the Platform team.”

Platform Beer Company is not only a brewery and tap room, but an incubator for new brewing talent, taking selected home brewers through a 12-week professional program. This unique model is the first of its kind in the country. Benner is also looking forward to having New Albion Ale on tap at his establishment. “To me it is sort of like a time machine in a bottle. This is what craft beer was like long before decades of experimentation, collaboration and growth,” Benner said.

Fans of New Albion from years past and the more recent release have been clamoring to see the delicious brew back in their glass, according to DeLuca. “I get messages across the New Albion social media pages and our website, from people who are hoping to see this delicious, drinkable ale at their local tap house again. We’re starting out small—like Jack did back in the early days of New Albion in Sonoma, California. We hope to grow, and with the support of the team at Platform Beer here in Cleveland, we feel the brand is sustainable and we look forward to continuing production,” DeLuca said.

Those who attend the New Albion release party at Platform Beer will be greeted by the craft beer movement founder himself, Jack McAuliffe. “My father will be coming to spend some time with me over Cleveland Beer Week, and we are excited to have him at our re-launch. Jack loves to tell the story of the early days of craft beer, and if you’d like to meet him, be sure to stop in and enjoy the original beer that started it all,” said DeLuca. “Jack tells a good story, especially over a good beer.”



Brew-B-Q to Help Fight Hunger

September 7, 2014

One of my favorite Cleveland breweries is joining forces with the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland to help feed families in need in Cuyahoga County. On Saturday, Sept. 20th, the first-ever Brew-B-Q will be held on Whiskey Island, presented by Great Lakes Brewing Company, as 15 local grillmasters compete for the title of People’s Choice [...]

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