Jack Officially Makes History…

by Renee on March 15, 2019

Growing up in suburban Washington, D.C., every field trip of my life it seemed was at one of the Smithsonian museums–and sometime this fall, my father’s New Albion Brewing Company will be among the exhibits! I couldn’t have imagined it back in the day, when I didn’t even know who my birthfather was, let alone what he would be remembered for.

On Saturday, March 9, 2019, history came calling for Jack. Theresa McCulla, the historian for American Brewing History at the Museum of American History, along with her colleague Steve, came to Arkansas to record an oral history with my dad–forever known as the father of American craft beer. They arrived in the morning, and first took an oral history from me. I told the tale of finding Jack, connecting with Jim Koch of Boston Beer, and regaining the New Albion trademark, and brewing the original New Albion recipes with Platform Beer.

After a short break, we went to Jack’s place, and he proudly showed Theresa and Steve his workshop, collection of memorabilia, books, and photos. They then sat down to take a formal oral history. This story of the origins of craft beer and New Albion, as told by Jack, will live on in the archives the Smithsonian. (Eventually you will be able to listen to it online as well, I’ll post a link when it becomes available.)

Following the formal interview, it was time for a beer or three to celebrate! Jack, Theresa, Steve, my aunt Cathy and I took a drive to his favorite brewpub in Siloam Springs, the Creekside Taproom. Our hero was welcomed with cheers and back slaps and of course his favorite brew. Everyone gushed about how they loved having Jack as their local regular. It was a day of celebration, recognition, making new friends, and of course, making history! Cheers to Jack and New Albion living on in the American archives of the Smithsonian Institution!



The Roots of Craft Beer: Featured Podcast

by Renee on December 24, 2018

It has been quite a year for me… moving to North Carolina and beginning my exploration of my beery new state, sharing the New Albion story with those I’ve met here and raising a few pints. People are always fascinated by the tale of Jack and his brew, and I’m always appreciative of those who want to learn more. Recently I was interviewed by one of the producers of the Food Non-Fiction podcast. Take a listen here! I hope your holidays are merry, and those you love are around your table.

Cheers to a new year filled with your favorite craft beers!


Raleigh Beer Week!

by Renee on October 6, 2018

It’s Raleigh Beer Week, y’all! When I landed in Raleigh in April, I was thrilled to discover it was North Carolina Beer Month, and happily took part in Brewgaloo, the largest beer festival in the state. A month later, I had the chance to visit Asheville, one of the beeriest cities in my new state. Recently, I discovered my fair city has a Beer Week all to itself, and I picked a couple of events to go to. Admittedly, the calendar isn’t quite as robust as Cleveland’s Beer Week, which has literally hundreds of events to choose from, but Raleigh hasn’t been doing it quite so long. (Cleveland’s Beer Week hits its 10-year milestone later this month. I’m still thinking about getting up there for a few days of the celebration.)

Last night I visited Bottle Mixx bottle shop for their beer and donut pairing, because DONUTS! (And beer!) I was excited to learn that Duck Donuts were featured, as I’d heard good things about them, and had never tried them. I will tell you, they are delicious! Soft and pillowy, drizzled with rich glazes and full of flavor, I was impressed.

Here are the pairings:

Commonwealth Papi Chulo New England IPA paired with an orange flavored donut with vanilla drizzle

Cigar City Good Gourd pumpkin beer and a cinnamon sugar donut

Wicked Weed Hop Cocoa with a s’mores donut

Prairie Artisan Ales Birthday Bomb stout and a chocolate donut with sprinkles (or jimmies, if you prefer).

I don’t think I can pick a favorite, because they were all fantastic! The place was packed–it was great to see so many folks out celebrating Raleigh Beer Week. I would love to see organizers add a flagship event, like Cleveland has in Brewzilla or the Off-Shore Pour, and a few more events would be nice in general, but I am sure it will naturally grow as the years go by. I’m all in! Cheers~


A Weekend in Asheville: Beer City USA

May 28, 2018

There’s good reason Asheville is known as Beer City, USA–there are more breweries per capita in this beautiful mountain town than any other city in the U.S. I made my first visit over Memorial Day weekend, just six weeks after moving to Raleigh, North Carolina, with trusty traveling companion, Porter, my Springer Spaniel. My best […]

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