Ohio COVID-19 responseWell, we are now living in interesting times, as Ohio and much of the country is on Stay at Home orders while COVID-19 runs through our communities. St. Patrick’s Day came and went without the usual celebrations as people were ordered not to gather, but to practice social distancing instead. This is a tough time for someone as social as I am, but of course the health of myself, my family and friends is my first priority. While I wanted to visit Missing Mountain Brewing for their Irish beer release and menu, I ordered a gift card online instead, and I look forward to using it in the near-ish future. Breweries, bars, and restaurants around the country are offering delivery and carry-out, so Happy hourI’m trying to do my part to keep these businesses afloat, and I’m ordering out at least once a week while we go through this.

Living by myself is a bit lonely, but thanks to FaceTime, I’ve kept up with folks from near and far. A few friends and I recently did a virtual happy hour, which was a lot of fun. I gave Jack a call recently, and he’s hanging in there. He’s got a great caretaker, and seems chipper when I speak with him. I’m spending time on the porch with Porter when the weather allows for a bit of time outdoors, Porch timeand we are still taking our daily walks.

A housekeeping note: I recently changed website hosting for this site, and I lost a couple of posts in the transfer. There isn’t a lot that is missing–just a few notes about the Ohio Craft Brewers Conference in Dayton, and a short trip to Florida in February–I’m glad I got to do both of those things before this virus came along and shut everything down.

Here’s hoping that you and yours are staying safe. Feel free to share a photo of a toast from home on social media, let’s all keep each other company online until we can gather again in person to raise a glass. Sláinte!


The View in Early 2020

by Renee on January 10, 2020

After all the excitement over Jack’s installation in the Smithsonian at the end of 2019, I found the idea of writing a blog post to top all that pretty impossible. I had a quiet holiday season, overall; happy to see my Mom and kids, still feeling the usual blues just under the surface. But now it’s another year, we’re into the science-fiction-sounding 2020, and I’m another year older at 56. I am happy to own that age for a couple of reasons. 1. Some very good people I’ve known and loved didn’t make it that far. 2. I think I look pretty darn good for 56. So, onward.

I celebrated my birthday, an unseasonably sunny early January day, with bagels at work from the best in NE Ohio, D&R’s Bagels in Solon. My workmates brought them in for a little celebration, which was very nice. I knocked off early, took a half day. Spent a bit of time on the Wilson Mills trailhead with Porter (where I snapped this selfie), our favorite hike since moving back to Ohio. That evening, Ali and Joseph came over to the East Side and we met my cousin Anna and her daughter Leslie, and my college friend Jeannine, for a round of trivia at BRIM Kitchen and Brewing. It was a fun way to celebrate all the way around.

Looking ahead, I have some more beery adventures to come. Still planning on brewing some recipes with Raleigh Brewing in North Carolina this year. In search of a brewing partner here in Ohio again. And at work, we’ve joined the Ohio Craft Brewers Association to drum up some business, and I’ll take advantage of that connection personally as well. I’ll be attending their annual conference in early February in Dayton. Looking forward to reconnecting with some Ohio beer friends I haven’t seen for some time.

From there, I’ll head to Florida for a long weekend with my friend Lisa in Raleigh. We’re meeting up in Ft. Lauderdale for some fun and sun–using the Jet Blue voucher we got after a little mishap on our way home from Key West last year. I needed to plan something fun to look forward to (sorry Cami can’t join us this time around). I’m looking forward to escaping the Ohio winter doldrums, so I think it will be a good use of a couple days of PTO.

Also, I’ve joined FitBody Boot Camp to light a fire under my ass, literally, and the workouts feel great. I like the people, and I’m motivated to keep coming back. I’m starting an 8-week challenge next week–bring it! Feeling strong all the way around. Cheers to seeing things clearly…raising a toast to what’s ahead!





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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Brewing Exhibit Opens October 25, 2019!

October 25, 2019

“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! Cheers~ […]

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