I’m Renée M. DeLuca, daughter of pioneer microbrewer Jack McAuliffe, the founder of the New Albion Brewing Company. I began writing this blog in 2010, and it has been quite a journey. I was raised in Maryland, and have lived in Northeast Ohio for more than 35 years. I spent a year in Raleigh, NC, and love the Carolina craft beer scene as well!

In 2013, Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Company revived Jack’s flagship brew, New Albion Ale, the first American Pale Ale. Since that one-off tribute, I’ve been working with other breweries to revive the beer on a contract basis. Our newest partnership is with BrewDog USA out of Columbus, Ohio! We are thrilled to be collaborating with BrewDog on several beers–this Scottish-based brewery is a carbon negative B Corp company. Jack learned to brew and enjoy traditional ales, porters and stouts when he was stationed in Scotland in the late 1960s while in the Navy. Slàinte Mhath!

In Ohio, North Carolina, and across the country craft beer has exploded, and it’s all because my father had a great idea for brewing and distributing flavorful beer made in small batches. You can find me on Facebook and on Twitter @brewersdaughter, or email me at renee@newalbionbrewing.com.  Cheers!

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Betsy Gosnell February 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Hi Renee,
We met, sort of, last night via phone conference as part of ANC’s program. I love good food & good beer! We have an awesome brew pub in Athens- Jackie Os, as well as the Marietta Brewing Co. nearby in Marietta OH. In July we celebrate craft and microbrews in Athens with Ohio Brew Week- http://www.ohiobrewweek.com/index.html
Not sure if you’ve been or heard about us but worth a look see!
Perhaps we can meet up then for a tasty brew, if not before? I hope to come up to Cleveland for the final session in June-
FYI, I remember GLBC from the mid-80s when their slogan/tag line was “Beer so fresh you can slice it”!
Take Care,
Betsy G., Athens County OH


Renee February 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Hi Betsy,

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have heard great things about Jackie O’s –I would love to come down and have a beer with you! I’ll keep you posted on any chance of my getting down that way. And I look forward to you coming for a visit to the CLE!


Barry Goodrich October 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Hi Renee…….
I write for Currents and am putting together a story on seasonal brews, ales and wines for our November issue. I would love to get your input and will be happy to give your business a plug as well (by the way, we have a mutual friend in Julie Hanahan).
Have a great weekend…

Barry Goodrich


Chase Jensen January 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Awesome blog Renee! Thank you for such a cool perspective & carrying on the legacy!


Howard Etchell April 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

Too bad I didn’t know of your visit to Wash DC earlier. I would love to have suggested a quick stop to one of my favorite breweries, Lost Rhino. It is in Ashburn, Va about five minutes from Dulles Airport. A great little brewery. They have beers from 2.5 to 11% alcohol. Of their fifteen beers, two of my favorites are Ice Breaker, 9.2%, and Face Plant, 6.2%. Both are IPA’s and creamy. If you are in the area again, you might try to stop by. Their web site is http://www.lostrhino.com.


Renee April 3, 2013 at 10:08 am

I had some Lost Rhino beers when in town, very.good! Cheers!


Ryan Chaitram July 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Hey Renee

Just read the businessweek story about your dad and Mr Koch working with you to revive the beer your father started. Great story … I hope you continue to embrace it and create a nice legacy for you and your family.

Stay Strong


Renee July 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thank you, Ryan! Cheers~


Cliff Mori July 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Hi Renee,
I just wanted to say that I am fascinated by your story and the rebirth of your father’s brewery. I work as a beer educator and have been familiar with New Albion for several years. I am glad to see your dad getting the recognition he deserves and am thrilled to see New Albion resurrected.



Renee July 17, 2013 at 7:16 am

Thanks, Cliff. Nice to hear from you. Cheers!


TR August 18, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Renee, hi. Really like what you’re doing here.
Any chance you’ll have any Brewzilla tix to give away this year?


Renee August 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Yes, I hope to have some, stay tuned!


andrew gehres August 29, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Hi Renee,
Love your story!! Great passion. I am an avid local brew guy and a printer of beer labels as well. I print for the MBC as well as Bear Republic. Wondering if you need help printing your labels? Let me know, would love to help out. Cheers


Renee September 2, 2013 at 8:46 am

Thanks, Andrew, cheers!


Larry Engel September 1, 2013 at 8:35 am

Hi Renee,
Just came across your blog today… Love It! Great to see a local Clevlander with a rich history and passion for micro-brews. Good luck with the New Albion/Mendocino brewing partnership. Cheers!


Renee September 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

Thanks very much, Larry!


Sal Guardino January 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Hi Renee,
I’m happy to see that New Albion is making a comeback. I did the original labels for Jack in Sonoma. Say hello to him for me.


KATIE August 19, 2015 at 1:38 am

Loved reading this posts!happy you guys are home and doing well! Best of luck to matt at school! 🙂


Julie Walczak-Schneider September 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

Praying for good days and an earthly healing.


Michael F. Williams December 23, 2015 at 11:56 am

I have also been looking for your father as I too graduated from West Nottingham Academy in 1963. We kept in contact for a year or so and than he disappeared. I also was friend with Linda and also kept in touch were her for several years when I lived in Arlington, VA.

Glad to see that both you and he are doing well.


Nick Bockanic February 8, 2016 at 11:54 am

Hi Renée,

My name is Nick Bockanic and I work for a marketing and publicity agency that handles major motion picture clients including Lionsgate Films, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures. Lionsgate has a new movie coming out called GODS OF EGYPT starring Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush. We’re looking to work with bloggers around Cleveland to help promote the film through a couple posts on Twitter and/or Facebook.

Ancient Egyptians were one of the first known cultures to make beer and since your blog is all about beer, a fun promotion could be sharing a couple facts about ancient Egyptian beer. I can supply you with all the information you would need and I can also write out sample posts for you to review.

We are also hosting a free advance screening of the movie and I would be happy to reserve seats for you and anyone you would want to bring.

Please let me know what you think and I look forward to hearing from you.


Nick Bockanic


mary veno January 26, 2017 at 8:06 pm

I am jack’s 1st cousin, his father and my mother were siblings.
if you are interested in family history, contact me.


Haley August 2, 2017 at 4:47 pm

Hi Renee,

I tried to send you an email to the address you listed in your bio but it bounced. Is there another email address that I can reach you at?



Renee September 5, 2017 at 10:38 pm

Hi Haley, sorry about that! Use reneedeluca7@gmail.com


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