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!

 

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