History Made! And New Albion Lives On!

by Renee on November 18, 2019

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of amazing events around New Albion Brewing and craft beer, and I’m still catching my breath! The “Last Call” panel at the Smithsonian on Friday, Nov. 8th was a thrill for me, Jack, and our family. Having grown up in suburban Maryland, and making so many field trips to the U.S. American history museum–it was beyond amazing to see my father and his brewery installed.

It was especially meaningful for me to have my children with me–Matt and Ali are so proud of their grandfather’s place in history. Jack’s sister Cathy and brother Tom were also in attendance, as well as the owners of Raleigh Brewing Company–Jack’s past, present and future in one place! I had several lifelong friends who came to the panel and tasting as well–going back many years. It was surreal and wonderful to celebrate with them all.

Jack was completely happy to be able to be there, as he’s had some health challenges lately. He took his place with other brewing pioneers including home brewing godfather Charlie Papazian, Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman, Anchor Steam’s Fritz Maytag and UC Davis Prof. Michael Lewis at the event.  Brewing historian and panel moderator Theresa McCulla said Jack had the best wrap up line she could have wished for–Jack told the audience that I was continuing to brew his recipes in North Carolina and Ohio, and I replied, “I’m here because of you, Jack, ” and he rightfully quipped, “I think we all are!”

The Raleigh Brewing staff was there and poured New Albion Pale Ale as well as their own beer, and Jack was a fan of both. He wasn’t able to join me the following weekend in Raleigh at the beer release event, but he was well-represented there in photos from the D.C. doings.

On Saturday, Nov. 16th, Raleigh Brewing held a kickoff event and tapped the New Albion for all in the Triangle to try. Many of my friends from my year in the City of Oaks came out to try it and celebrate with me, and it was a very special night. Proprietors Kristie and Patrik Nystedt and their brewers did a great job with the recipe–and we got some nice coverage of the release. I’m pleased to say we’ll be brewing more New Albion recipes with them. Of course a few bottles made it back home to Ohio with me.

I’m also excited that the interest in the beer Jack created from European recipes 40+ years ago is at an all-time high. I’ll continue to look for other partners for New Albion–I want to bring a taste of the past back to present day craft beer lovers! Stay tuned!



Brewing Exhibit Opens October 25, 2019!

by Renee on October 25, 2019

Theresa McCulla“Brewing a Revolution” at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian opens today! Many thanks to historian Theresa McCulla for her work on this project. Tickets are still available for the Last Call event on November 8th. You can get them here.

Can’t wait to be a part of this historic event!


More information about the exhibit in Forbes.


Brewing A Revolution at the Smithsonian

by Renee on September 14, 2019

So now that it’s public I can tell you about the “Brewing A Revolution” exhibit that will be opening in November at the National Museum of American History! Jack and New Albion will be recognized along with other craft beer pioneers as part of the fifth annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend.

The Last Call: Brewing History After-Hours
Friday, November 8, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening of conversation with several of the most transformational figures in the beer industry and brews spanning the spectrum of the craft beer revolution. Also enjoy after-hours access to the FOOD exhibit and brewing history objects out of storage, including recent acquisitions.

Tickets$45 — Purchase before October 1 to receive $10 off!

Brewing a Revolution

A conversation with the founders of craft beer: Fritz Maytag, former owner of Anchor Brewing Company; Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; Charlie Papazian, founder and past president of the Brewers Association; and Michael Lewis, professor emeritus at University of California, Davis.

Craft beer tastings with:

  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware)
  • Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, California)
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, California, and Mills River, North Carolina)
  • Raleigh Brewing Company (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Raleigh Brewing is bringing New Albion Ale for the tasting as part of our partnership!

Cheers to beer pioneers and craft beer history!



New Albion Brewing Partners with Raleigh Brewing

September 2, 2019

As you may have heard, our contract to brew New Albion with Platform Beer in Cleveland, Ohio, has now ended. When I moved to North Carolina in 2018, I began looking for a brewing partner in my new town of Raleigh. I was introduced to Kristie and Patrik Nystedt, who founded Raleigh Brewing in 2013. […]

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