CrowdBrewedI told you big news was coming and here it is: I’m very close to starting production of New Albion Ale, and I just need a push over the hump from you, dear reader (and your craft beer loving friends). I’m working with CrowdBrewed.com to do it! Between now and August 14, I’m looking to raise as much as I can to secure the future of New Albion Ale in your glass…and we’ve come up with some pretty cool swag and fun rewards for your help. You can find our campaign page on CrowdBrewed here. You can also find a button to locate the campaign on our website: newalbionbrewing.com.  Look for further details about when and where we’ll be brewing, coming soon!

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An iconic craft beer brand name is returning to production thanks to a daughter who wants to carry on her father’s legacy.

Cleveland, OH July 1, 2014– The New Albion Brewing Company is seeking to continue their renewed production by launching a crowdfunding campaign with CrowdBrewed. New Albion Brewing Company was originally founded in Sonoma, California in 1976 by Jack McAuliffe, known as the “father of craft beer” in the United States. The first post-Prohibition microbrewery, New Albion was built from the ground-up by Jack, who longed to taste the beers he came to love while serving in Europe in the Navy in the 1960s.

New Albion Ale was revived in 2013 by Jim Koch and Boston Beer Company, who brewed and distributed the beer nationally for a limited time. Koch had bought the trademark for New Albion years before to protect it from being misused by mass-market brewers, but decided to pursue brewing the beer only after he finally met McAuliffe in person. After that single batch of pale ale, Koch gave the trademark back to McAuliffe, who then chose his daughter Renee DeLuca of Northeast Ohio, to continue the legacy. DeLuca is seeking to continue production in 2014, working with CrowdBrewed to raise funds that will go directly toward beer production.

“We have stewarded the New Albion Brewing Co. trademark since the early 1990s to preserve craft brewing history and are happy that its legacy will be kept alive with the help of Jack McAuliffe’s daughter … to see a new generation of craft drinkers enjoy New Albion Ale today pays great tribute to brewing pioneers, like Jack McAuliffe, who sparked the American craft brewing revolution,” Koch said.

New Albion will offer some unique rewards to their crowdfunding donors, including New Albion swag, a signed copy of the homebrew recipe for New Albion Ale, and even an opportunity to have a beer with the father of craft beer, Jack McAuliffe. For more information, please visit the  campaign page on CrowdBrewed.

CrowdBrewed.com is a crowdfunding platform for craft beverage makers and industry affiliates who want to raise money for their operations, to add new products to their catalog, pitch a product and to spread the word to the “crowd”. Craft beverage makers and industry affiliates can create fundraising campaigns that tell their story and pitch their campaign to a “crowd” of donors in exchange for a reward or product. CrowdBrewed is also a place to discover new beverages, learn about brewing and show your passion for the industry by getting involved.

 

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JackHoist your glass, this week is American Craft Beer Week! This special week was created by the Brewers Association as a way to highlight craft beer events in the height of the beer drinking season, and it comes on the heels of Jack’s birthday on May 11th, which is somewhat apropos! The father of the American microbrewing movement turned 69 this year–and I wished him a happy birthday with some good news about the forward movement of New Albion Brewing–please stay tuned for more information as I can relay it. We’re getting closer to being able to drink more, I promise!

Aside from cracking open a new-to-you or a favorite craft beer brewed right here in the U.S., you can celebrate by expanding your American craft beer knowledge. Even better, pick up a cold one while you read Brooklyn Beer co-founder Steve Hindy’s new book, The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers is Transforming the World’s Favorite Drink. As a former journalist and one of the brewers who revolutionized beer in the U.S. himself, Hindy’s book is an engaging history told from the front lines.

Just by using the term “band of microbrewers,” in the title, Hindy captures the spirit of the pioneers who have changed beer brewing bookand drinking in America since the early days of Jack’s New Albion Brewing Company in Sonoma, California. You’ll find a whole cast of characters, from Anchor Steam’s Fritz Maytag to Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman to Boston Beer’s Jim Koch through Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione, New Belgium’s Kim Jordan and many of the new up-and-coming brewers and breweries that we are just learning more about.

Hindy also offers insight into the “beer wars” with big beer, and the formation of the Craft Brewers Association–telling tales from his own experience along the way. It’s a fascinating read and complements the recent releases of other craft beer histories like Ken Grossman’s Beyond the Pale: The Story of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; and Tom Acitelli’s The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution. For further craft beer enlightenment, I also suggest Maureen Ogle’s Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer and Hindy’s previous volume, Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery.

You’re going to need a lot of craft beer to go with that reading. Cheers!

 

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NE Ohio Beer Wins GOLD!

by Renee on April 12, 2014

Visiting Willoughby Brewing Co.I’m so proud of the craft beer scene in Northeast Ohio these days. I love having family and friends in from out of town, showing off all the great places you can stop for a wonderful handcrafted beer in my neck of the woods (like taking Jack to Willoughby Brewing Company–see pic). From Chardon BrewWorks in Geauga County to Willoughby Brewing in Lake County, to Fat Head’s on the West side, and Hoppin’ Frog and Thirsty Dog in Akron, to JAFB in Wooster–not to mention all the downtown Cleveland hot spots like Market Garden Brewing, Nano Brew and longtime favorite Great Lakes Brewing Company, you can find plenty of quality brews to quaff! And even more good things are coming our way: Platform Beer Company, Hansa Brewing, Haufbrau House Playhouse Square and The Butcher & The Brewer on E. 4th Street!

The rest of the beer world is starting to take notice too. Just last night in Denver, several Northeast Ohio breweries won medals at the World Beer Cup, including GOLD for one of my go-to favorites, Willoughby Brewing Company’s Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter!  (Yes, that is what is in my hand in that photo!) Cheers to more good beer than ever for the Buckeye State and beyond.

(Stay tuned…you may find New Albion around Northeast Ohio again soon…)

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Celebrate Spring…and St. Patrick’s Day!

March 4, 2014

March has arrived, and thankfully, spring is just around the corner (spring ahead this weekend with your clocks!). This has been a long–very long and cold and very snowy winter in Northeast Ohio. Today in fact is Fat Tuesday, and I’m finding myself wishing I was in New Orleans for all the Mardi Gras fun, [...]

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