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New Albion Can Release Party – October 9th, 2017
Congratulations to Jack & Renee re-launching New Albion Beer! Here is a few snippets from that evening compliments of The Brewer’s Daughter Blog
What a great week I had with my Dad! Jack got into Cleveland a day or so ahead of our New Albion Ale can release party on October 5th, and I had the opportunity to take him to the new Platform production facility, which was once the old Cleveland Leisy Brewing Company. He enjoyed the tour given by owner Paul Benner, and seeing how much our brewing partners have grown since the last time he was in town for our original partnership kickoff party back in 2014.
One of the most exciting things about the event was that along with the New Albion Ale, two other New Albion brews were on tap: the New Albion Red (once known as “Old Toe Sucker”) and the Oatmeal Stout. The brewers at Platform worked with Jack’s assistant brewer from back in the day, Don Barkley, to recreate the exact recipes. It was truly a thrill. (Today Don is the founder of Napa Smith Brewing.)
-Pints, Forks & Friends can’t wait to try their Red and Oatmeal Stout… Outstanding!!
The Original Craft Beer!
This past weekend, we had the pleasure to be a part of a really cool event. We attended a party for the re-launch of an iconic beer, New Albion Ale. The party took place at a great new brewery in the Cleveland, Ohio area, Platform Brewery. The story behind this beer is really pretty cool. This beer was first brewed many years ago by a man named, Jack McAuliffe, who is credited with starting the country’s first craft beer brewery. Jack had to close his brewery after a couple of years of production, but his daughter, Renee Deluca, has decided to resurrect the New Albion name and work to start the brewery again somewhere in Northeast Ohio. Friday night was the first step in this journey. The party was one of the many events that was a part of Cleveland Beer Week.
The highlight of the night was meeting Jack McAuliffe. We had the opportunity to talk with Jack for about fifteen minutes. It was a short time, but we left with a great deal of respect and admiration for this man. You could tell that he was a very proud man that was excited for his daughter’s new adventure and humbled by all of the attention that he was receiving from the crowd. He was an easy man to talk to with a quick wit. I really enjoyed listening to him tell stories from his brewing days, offering opinions about the modern craft beer scene, and showing us photos of his old brewery. We definitely appreciated the opportunity to meet a great man and a true icon in the craft beer world!!
The re-launch of New Albion Ale and Jack Mcauliffe’s place in craft beer history are great stories. We thought it would be a great idea to share these stories with you throughout this week. We will start by sharing our video interview with Renee Deluca that we did in the summer. There were also some great articles written about Jack McAuliffe and the re-launch of New Albion Brewery. We would like to share those articles with you. I think, as true fans of craft beer, you will appreciate these stories.
Cheers to Jack McAuliffe. Thank you for everything you have done for the craft beer industry!! Good Luck Renee Deluca!! We look forward to your success in the future!!!