Cheers~Beer Travel is Back!

by Renee on July 14, 2021

It’s the height of summer, and with COVID vaccines now easily accessible, people are back to taking vacations– and beer travel is back! I recently made a trip to the Columbus area with my son Matt, to check out the BrewDog Brewery and Hotel, the DogHouse, about a two hour drive for us. Upon check-in, we were offered the BrewDog beer or cider of our choice. I decided to try the Aloha IPA–a crisp, fruity brew with pineapple notes. I enjoyed my beer as I checked out my accomodations, which included a fridge in the bathroom filled with a selection of shower beers, and a kegerator, should I want to enjoy any of their offerings on tap without venturing out of my room. The shower was stocked with a locally made soap and shampoo that smells like their ever popular Elvis Juice (grapefruit IPA).

I didn’t bring my dog Porter this trip, but there were plenty of dogs in attendance with their owners, enjoying the patio and dog park. The place was full that weekend, and there were lots of families enjoying a getaway. Lawn games including corn hole kept folks busy, and there was an axe throwing booth for an additional fee. Matt let me beat him in ping pong, like a good son should. Board games are stationed throughout the venue as well, if that’s more your thing. The hotel is also surrounded by trails for walking, with your canine companion or on your own.

An overnight stay includes breakfast, served with a beer-mosa of your choice. I can highly recommend the Clockwork Sunrise. Breakfast was a delicious frittata and roasted potatoes, with other offerings including yogurt, fresh fruit, bakery items, and fresh hot coffee.

One of the really cool things we enjoyed was the BrewDog Museum. It’s a self-guided space, highlighting the history of craft beer. I was pleasantly surprised to see a mention of New Albion on one of the panels! There is also a gift shop where you can buy cool BrewDog merch, including dog bandanas, t-shirts, and that wonderful Elvis Juice soap and shampoo (I came home with some).

If you happen to enjoy music festivals with your beer, BrewDog is putting on their annual General Mayhem Fest in late August. Acts this year include Dr. Dog and Superchunk. Sounds like a good time to me!

Cheers to beer travel being back! Where are you headed?

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Denver It has been five years since I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Brewers Association annual Craft Brewers Conference (Philly in 2016). As America works toward getting as many people as possible vaccinated against COVID-19, events are being scheduled once again–and the BA has pulled the trigger and opened registration for in-person attendance to this year’s event! Now that I’m fully vaccinated, I’m making plans to attend in Denver in September! CBC2021 was previously scheduled for San Diego in the second quarter, but that just didn’t seem viable, and so the plan was scrapped. While I love San Diego, I’m also a big fan of being Rocky Mountain high in Colorado, especially in the beautiful fall months, and I can’t wait!

The BA is taking precautions and has set expectations around social distancing, mask wearing, limited registration for events, and rules such as no hugging (that’s going to be a tough one!). The Colorado Convention Center will have plenty of hand sanitizer around, and one-way walkways. As I made my flights for the event, I was seriously giddy as I haven’t traveled by plane since February of 2020, and getting back into the air feels this much closer to normal. Industry friends, I hope to see you there! (I can’t promise there won’t be hugging.)

This year is the perfect time for me to jump back into attending industry events as New Albion Brewing Company is on the verge of making another run at relaunching the iconic beers that my father Jack McAuliffe originally released in Sonoma in the fall of 1976. I’ve been hinting that there is big news coming, and believe me, there is… hang in there just a little longer, New Albion fans! My beer glass is running over with excitement, and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Cheers to the return of travel, beer events, and New Albion!

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Luck o’ the Irish

by Renee on March 18, 2021

March is here, and that means the ups and downs of spring temperatures, longer hours of sunshine and the McAuliffe high holiday of St. Patrick’s Day. Here in Cleveland, we had beautiful weather, but another year with no parade, thanks to coronavirus. However, there is hope for next year! Vaccines are rolling out, and I’m scheduled to get mine in another couple of days. My Mom is fully vaccinated now, and my girl got her first shot–she’s a teacher so eligible a bit ahead of her age group. Jack has had his vaccine!

There were plenty of happy memories to make these Irish eyes smile while we wait to get together again. I was remembering Jack being the Grand Marshall of his local parade in Fayetteville a few years ago, my trip to Ireland with my girl, when we found the family coat of arms in the McAuliffe homeland of Newmarket, in County Cork, and years of St. Patrick’s Day parties. We will celebrate in person again soon!

Meanwhile, this crazy dog mom allowed St. Patrick’s Day pics to be taken of Porter at his doggy day care… may the luck o’ the Irish find you this March and follow you into April and beyond!

And hang in there…some New Albion news is coming!

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Grab Your Shades…

February 4, 2021

We are seeing longer days again, lately it has been light past 5:00, and I have a sneaking suspicion that spring is on its way…yes, it’s only February, and snow and cold are still a part of daily life in Northeast Ohio. Still, the trails call to Porter and me every day, in every kind […]

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