Life After #CBC2011, and Lotsa Links

by Renee on March 31, 2011

A lot is going on back at home in Ohio after that amazing Craft Brewers Conference. I returned to the news that my wonderful father-in-law, Lou DeLuca, is hospitalized and his health is declining. Back in January we had an  85th birthday party for Dad, celebrating his lifetime in Erie, Pennsylvania. My husband Paul has been camped out in his room all week, and I’ve been driving back and forth between Cleveland and Erie–trying to squeeze in some work and taking care of the house and the dog in between visits with Big Lou. I missed our monthly Cleveland Craft Brew-fan get-together last night, but I asked those good folks to raise a beer or two in Lou’s honor, and I know that they did.

Meanwhile, my father Jack is still in California, enjoying time with friends and making some more great beer memories. Jack spent some time visiting Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, and beer writer Jay R. Brooks just happened to be there. He chronicled their afternoon in his Brookston Beer Bulletin: http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/jack-mcauliffe-visits-russian-river/.

Also, there was a nice write-up of our presentation at #CBC2011 in this San Antonio publication: http://sacurrent.com/dining/story.asp?id=72217.

And if you’d like to listen to that presentation, you can; just scroll down to Packaging Breweries “The Long View of the Big Picture” at this link and press play: http://www.craftbrewersconference.com/2011attendeebag/presentations-audio/. You can read Maureen’s blog post about the experience and some other beer news here: http://maureenogle.com/but-while-im-here-on-the-subject-of-brewing-s.

As I told you some time ago, Cleveland will be the site of a big beer festival this May. You can now see which breweries will be pouring, here: http://www.ixbeerfest.com/Breweries-Beer.aspx. If you’d like to try to win VIP passes to the event, check out this sweepstakes by Draft Magazine: http://draftmag.com/features/win-a-trip-for-two-to-cleveland’s-international-beer-fest/.

So that’s about it, I think I’ve got you all caught up. Meanwhile, I’d love it if you’d raise a glass to Big Lou too. Cheers~

EDIT: Rest in Peace, Louie DeLuca.  Jan. 20, 1926- April 3, 2011

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