Craft Brewers Conference Denver ’21

by Renee on September 13, 2021

Just back from Denver, and the 2021 Craft Brewers Conference…what a great way to usher in travel again in the wake of COVID. Granted, it’s changed a bit–with mask mandates in the airport, on the plane, and in the Colorado Conference Center, but I was happy to comply. I’m fully vaccinated as well, otherwise I wouldn’t feel confident enough to travel–but I felt quite comfortable with the precautions in place.

Once I arrived, I made my way to my hotel, and attended the welcome reception, held on one of the blocked off streets next to the Conference Center. The Big Blue Bear welcomed me back! I also ran into old beer friends, including Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head; Audra Gaiziunas, one of my North Carolina beer friends; and BrewDad Mike Besser, one of the very first people I met at the first Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder, Colorado, back in 2010! It’s wonderful to catch up like no time at all has passed.

The first general session on Friday morning kicked off with updated statistics about craft brewing, of course, but notably, the creation of a coalition to foster a more inclusive and diverse brewing community, called BRU. This group was formed by the Brewers Association, the American Society of Brewing Chemists, the Cicerone Program, the Master Brewers Association, and the Pink Boots Society. The announcement was met with great applause and approval.

Later Friday afternoon, the Denver chapter of the Pink Boots Society held a happy hour at Prost Brewing, with a reading by Tara Nurin, upon the publication of her new book, A Woman’s Place Is in the Brewhouse: A Forgotten History of Alewives, Brewsters, Witches, and CEOs. My story as it relates to New Albion Brewing Company and Jack is told in the book, I’m so pleased to be included! Even better–I had the chance to hang out with Tara, as well as Meagen Anderson of NZ Hops, and craft beer strategic advisor Julia Herz. Women in beer seriously rock–I met so many at the gathering–brewery owners, brewers, those in supporting industries–we are making strides! The event concluded with a live stream of the GABF medal awards, and it was thriling to see NE Ohio breweries walk away with plenty of awards and recognition!

Saturday included another general session, with some Brewers Association awards, and the keynote address. There were more marketing sessions, more happy hours, and plenty of good beer drinking. Those I talked to about New Albion’s latest partnership with BrewDog were very positive about the news. Spending time in the Mile High City with such a great community of craft beer people was a definite highlight of the year so far. (Next year’s CBC will be held in Minneapolis, MN.) Cheers to more get-togethers in the coming months, and plenty of good craft beer for all!


BrewDog USA Annual General Mayhem 2021

by Renee on August 31, 2021

As part of the BrewDog USA family now–I thought it would be fun to check out their Annual General Mayhem beer and music festival, held on their brewery grounds in Canal Winchester, Ohio. My bestie, Cami, joined me for the fun–and even though the day was hotter than the surface of the sun, we had a great time!

Our first stop was the BrewDog beer truck, “Trailer Swift”– where we found New Albion Pale Ale on tap as the Ode to the OG Pale Ale… it hasn’t been officially released yet, so it was given an alias. It tasted great –especially drinkable on such a hot day! I talked to some folks who said they were enjoying it too. Not gonna lie, Cami and I spent most of the day inside the bar at the brewery because it was just so hot and sweaty out. But we enjoyed chatting up fellow beer lovers and tasting a variety of beers, and a few ciders too–I especially loved one of the ciders in slushy form, with a gin float on top. Everything we ate from the brewery menu all day was delicious as well–I highly recommend the buffalo cauliflower, and the pretzel that’s as big as your head.

One of the highlights of the day was meeting up with BrewDog founder James Watt–we snapped a quick selfie, and I gave him the iconic photo of Jack with his homemade brewing equipment from his brewery days–James really appreciated that. He even snapped a quick selfie of us with his own phone–he’s excited about our beer partnership as well.

Cami and I stuck around Columbus on Sunday, and kicked around High Street, bought some new Buckeye gear, and enjoyed some to-go margaritas. We stopped into the BrewDog Short North bar as well, great spot!

Looking forward to the official release of New Albion Pale Ale in the coming month–stay tuned! Cheers~



BrewDog USA Collaboration is Here!

by Renee on August 1, 2021

BrewDog tweetFriends…I’m excited to share that my passion project New Albion Brewing is launching a new partnership with BrewDog USA! This Scottish-owned brewery came to the U.S. a few years ago and built their first American brewery in Columbus, Ohio. My father and New Albion founder Jack McAuliffe learned to brew and enjoy ales, porters, and stouts while stationed in the Navy in Scotland. Now we come together for this exciting collaboration! LEARN MORE:

Read more about the non-alcoholic beer trend in Cleveland Scene magazine!

Look for our original Pale Ale to hit store shelves soon!



Cheers~Beer Travel is Back!

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, […]

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