This week of October is pretty special in the U.S. beer world. Tuesday, October 8th is the 37th anniversary of the official incorporation of the first post-Prohibition microbrewery in the United States, New Albion Brewing Co. of Sonoma, CA. Founded by my father, Jack McAuliffe, the brewery was literally made by his hands from the ground up; the beer a labor of love. Writer Jay Brooks had a very nice blog post about it previously–it’s worth a re-read–but I did want to note the anniversary here as well.
Though the physical brewery has been shuttered since 1983, this year has been very exciting for New Albion–Jim Koch and Boston Beer recreated the original Ale with Jack in 2012, it was introduced with great fanfare last October at the Great American Beer Festival, and went on-sale this past January. Mostly gone from store shelves now, I continue to work to bring New Albion Ale back into more regular distribution. (I will have some good news on this front to share very soon! Stay tuned.)
Meanwhile, my husband Paul and I head to Denver for another GABF this weekend–my third consecutive annual trip to the country’s biggest beer festival. We have tickets to the Friday session, and we’ll spend Saturday hitting some of the various beer-centric events around town. I’m always happy to be part of the celebration of craft beer. One of my favorite moments from last year was walking up and down the aisles of the crowded beer-soaked Convention Center hall with Jack, saying to him, “Look at what you started!” He smiled and shook his head, really a bit taken aback by it all. And then he quipped, “Obama owes me a lot of money, look at what I did for the economy!” I’ll be raising more than one beer to that thought this week. Cheers to Jack, and New Albion!