An Evening with The Brewer’s Daughter

by Renee on April 24, 2013

The story of my father–Jack McAuliffe, the Father of Craft Beer in the U.S.–is an interesting one, and one I love to share. It has been told in books; notably Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer by Maureen Ogle in 2006, and in the recently published The¬†Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution by Tom Acitelli. It has been told on blogs and in newspapers and on local TV news and radio interviews recently with the re-release of New Albion Ale. Jack shared it himself on stage at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last October. And Boston Beer shared it in a wonderful video.

But Jack is enjoying his retirement too much to keep telling his story. So I’m going to keep telling it for him. People want to learn about the roots of this modern day craft brew phenomenon. I’ve found they love to hear about this curmudgeon with a hankering for flavorful European ales, porters and stouts who decided he was just going to brew it himself if no one else here in America was going to do it. I want to keep his story alive and in the hearts and minds of good brew lovers.

If you’d like to hear the story sometime, I’m happy to join you and a group of friends and re-tell it. I enjoy offering a bit of craft beer education along with some New Albion Ale samples, and can even provide you and your friends with some delicious food pairings to enjoy as we chat. I’ve had fun doing this kind of thing in classes with The Chubby Cook, and as a charitable contribution for several fundraising events in the past year.

I’m happy to hold this event at your home, your brewpub, your book club, your favorite watering hole, wherever!–please contact me with a comment here on my blog, or through email at, or on Twitter @brewersdaughter, or on my Facebook page, ¬†and I’ll be glad to help you plan an evening with The Brewer’s Daughter. Yes, there is a fee associated with my time/travel and any beer/food I provide, but I think you’ll find it quite reasonable and a lot fun! Have beer knowledge and samples, will travel! Hope to see you soon! Cheers~

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