The day finally arrived–a day I had worked toward for two years–delivery of New Albion Ale to local Heinen’s stores all around NE Ohio! When the Boston Beer/Sam Adams release happened in January 2013, Jack and I went on tour for the beer, and while we drove around to promote it, we had talks about what we would do when the brand’s trademark was released back to Jack. He asked if I’d want to continue brewing it, and I think I surprised even myself when I said, “Yes, of course!”
After incorporating the Brewer’s Daughter Beer Company LLC with the help of my business lawyer, finding investors, several starts and stops finding the right brewing partner, working out all the details with Platform Beer, and a soft launch during Cleveland Beer Week last October, it was finally time for the Real Deal. The first 10 bbl batch was ready, and it was time to deliver!
The day dawned cold and clear–I was happy there was no snow, something we’ve had no shortage of lately. I arrived at Platform with the big Dodge Nitro, plenty of room for 9 sixth barrels in the back. I’m no dummy, so I also brought a couple of my own growlers for filling. And the beer is delicious! Shaun Yasaki, Platform’s head brewer, did a great job with the recipe. When Jack was here in October, he offered a few notes, and Shaun tweaked it perfectly. Today’s New Albion Ale is amazingly on point, and fresh, with just the right balance of malt and hops.
I have to confess, I had tears in my eyes a couple of times as I was driving from one Heinen’s store to the next, thinking about this journey I’ve been on. From finding my birthmother, Linda, to finding Jack, and then heading down this beery road with him–it has been filled with wonderful people, places and opportunities. (An interview I did with Jim McIntyre at WHK radio that aired this week details most of it. You can listen to it HERE.)
This Saturday, Feb. 21st, I will be at the Bainbridge and Pepper Pike Heinen’s stores to talk about the New Albion story and pour some of its golden deliciousness for you. I hope you’ll come out and fill your growler with a taste of craft beer history! Cheers to this beery journey!