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

by Renee on September 7, 2014

BBQOne 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 and Grand BBQ Champion. You’ll even find a cornhole tournament! The event has it all: food, fun, great beer, and a chance to help others.

Proceeds will help raise funds and awareness for the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland. Every dollar raised will provide 4 meals for those in need–now that’s a deal! There will be specialty brews from GLBC and 50 West Brewing. You’ll also enjoy local bands like the Spazmatics and The Jimmy Jack band. Celebrity judges include Je’rod Cherry, ESPN personality & Super Bowl Champion, comedian Mike Polk Jr. and Bill Squire of the Alan Cox Show. Two-to-three thousand people are expected, and you’re invited!

The event takes place on Saturday, September 20th from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM at the Lakefront on Whiskey Island.  Coming up this Thursday, Sept. 11th, Great Lakes Brewing is hosting a Happy Hour pre-ticket sale. Stop by the brewpub in Ohio City to get your tickets, or buy them online right here, they’re only $10 between now and Sept. 12th: Whiskey Island Brew-B-Q tickets.

Or, you can enter to win tickets on my blog. (Disclaimer: I was offered tickets for myself and a pair of tickets to giveaway for promoting this event.)

To enter: leave a comment here on my blog telling me why you’d like to win. For an additional entry, head to Twitter, and tweet:

“I’d like to win tickets to @HungerNetworkGC Brew-B-Q from the @BrewersDaughter!” I’ll draw a random winner on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at noon.

Cheers to helping others in our community!


beer busEVENT REVIEW:  It was a gorgeous day on Whiskey Island for the Brew-B-Q. My husband Paul and I got there around 5 p.m. The brew was provided by sponsor Great Lakes Brewing Co. and 50 West Brewing out of Cincinnati. If you came for the beer specifically, you might have been a little disappointed that there were no other vendors, but the offerings were good. We especially enjoyed trying the beer from 50 West’s beer bus, since we had never had their brews before. The Russian Imperial Stout was killer, and the IPA was floral and delicious. Lines got somewhat long, but moved quickly.

The barbecue trucks and vendors were varied, though some had run out of a few items tents by the time we arrived (and the event was slated to go until at least 10 p.m.). We tried a variety, and were pleased with everything, from the spicy bbq fish taco to pulled pork and ribs.  The Jimmy Jack Band was on stage while we ate and drank, getting the crowd going. We sat and watched folks enjoying the waterfront, and even sand volleyball and corn hole. It was a picture perfect NE Ohio end-of-summer celebration. Would love to see this event come back next year even bigger and better!



Trentina: Gift Card Giveaway

by Renee on September 3, 2014

greenhouse tavernChef Jonathon Sawyer has been a great friend to New Albion and my father Jack for some time–not only did he create amazing vinegars with the Sierra Nevada’s Jack & Ken’s Ale back in 2010, but he also threw a little party around the Boston Beer New Albion release at his Greenhouse Tavern back in 2013.

Chef Sawyer’s latest venture, Trentina, is a Northern Italian-inspired restaurant, located in Cleveland’s University Circle area, a stone’s throw from Little Italy, and convenient to the city’s wonderful museums and arts district. It has been open for dinner since July, and I was invited to attend a lunch for local bloggers, highlighting the new lunchtime menu, which begins on Tuesday, September 9th. My daughter accompanied me, just before leaving for college this fall–it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon with her. A Food Network fan, Ali enjoyed stretching her palate far from her more usual college fare.

Chef Sawyer and his Executive Chef Matt Danko have put together an interesting and inspiring menu, full of local ingredients, showcasing Northern Italy’s heritage, which just happens to be my heritage on my birthmother’s side–my grandfather William Pellini hailed from Lake Como, Italy. I was intrigued, and not disappointed.

oysters We began with oysters on the half shell with Prosecco mignonette and apple–our waiter let us know the oysters were from Cape Cod, not far from where Ali is attending college in Boston, so it seemed fitting. They were cold, briney and wonderful, the chopped apple a perfect accompaniment.

broccoliOur first course was wood-fired broccoli, which came served on a plate painted with eggplant sauce, anchovies, crab apples and parsley. It was a work of art to look at, and delicious to eat. Another colorful dish arrived at the same time (we shared of course!), a shaved zucchini salad with local tomatoes, dressed with a soft-cooked egg. It was forkful after forkful of amazing flavor. zuch


What would an Italian restaurant be without pasta? Again, Trentina doesn’t disappoint. I was served cavatappi and cheese–a Trentino style mac-n-cheese, with a heavenly sauce over the swirls of noodles, accompanied by roasted onion and new potato. I ate it so quickly, I forgot to get a photo of it. My daughter’s “Chopped” sensibilities said the pasta could have been cooked a little longer, and I have to agree, it was not quite al dente. But it was still something I would order again.

Our next course was a homemade porchetta, a savory, fatty, and moist boneless pork roast of Italian culinary tradition, breaded and fried, almost like a bologna. It was served with house-made sauerkraut, fennel, and moustarda. We found it rich and satisfying.


Already starting to feel full, I was relieved that the next course was dessert. It was light and the perfect last bite: an olive oil gelato and “Grandma’s cookie,” which was dusted with a bit of cinnamon sugar and reminded me quite a bit of a thin biscotti. The candied strips of orange peel were a welcome bit of sweetness. All in all, a very tasty meal–but just a sample of some of the interesting items on Trentina’s full lunchtime menu. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to try it for yourself. And here’s your chance!



Now to the best part of my post for you, dear reader. Please leave a comment here to be entered to win a $25 gift card to enjoy on a visit Trentina yourself. Please only enter if you are planning to use it, it’s too good to go to waste! 

I will use a random number generator to select my winner this Friday, September 5, 2014 at noon EST. I will contact the winner to ask for your address to mail out the gift card.

Congratulations to Chef Sawyer and his team on a wonderful new culinary venture that once again makes Cleveland an amazing restaurant town! Ciao!


Throwback Thursday #TBT

August 21, 2014

We’ve had some fun with some Throwback Thursday photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages along the way; I just thought I’d share the nostalgia here this week. This photo in particular, as it was almost 37 years to the day when this appeared in the Sonoma Index-Tribune on Thursday, August 25, 1977. It accompanied [...]

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