Celebrating New Albion’s Anniversary & GABF

by Renee on October 6, 2013

new-albion-brewing-labelThis week of October is pretty special in the U.S. beer world. Tuesday, October 8th is the 37th anniversary of the official incorporation of the first post-Prohibition microbrewery in the United States, New Albion Brewing Co. of Sonoma, CA. Founded by my father, Jack McAuliffe, the brewery was literally made by his hands from the ground up; the beer a labor of love. Writer Jay Brooks had a very nice blog post about it previously–it’s worth a re-read–but I did want to note the anniversary here as well.

GABF logoThough the physical brewery has been shuttered since 1983, this year has been very exciting for New Albion–Jim Koch and Boston Beer recreated the original Ale with Jack in 2012, it was introduced with great fanfare last October at the Great American Beer Festival, and went on-sale this past January. Mostly gone from store shelves now, I continue to work to bring New Albion Ale back into more regular distribution. (I will have some good news on this front to share very soon! Stay tuned.)

Meanwhile, my husband Paul and I head to Denver for another GABF this weekend–celebratemy third consecutive annual trip to the country’s biggest beer festival. We have tickets to the Friday session, and we’ll spend Saturday hitting some of the various beer-centric events around town. I’m always happy to be part of the celebration of craft beer. One of my favorite moments from last year was walking up and down the aisles of the crowded beer-soaked Convention Center hall with Jack, saying to him, “Look at what you started!” He smiled and shook his head, really a bit taken aback by it all. And then he quipped, “Obama owes me a lot of money, look at what I did for the economy!” I’ll be raising more than one beer to that thought this week. Cheers to Jack, and New Albion!

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Scott White October 6, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I have had the New Albion Ale brewed by Jack and Jim and it’s amazing! I can’t wait to taste the others that Jack has to offer such as his porter and stout. I truly hope and wish Success as you try to get distribution up and bring back the success of New Albion Brewing Company. Prost! and Cheers to you all.


Another Renee October 8, 2013 at 7:18 am

Cheers to New Albion and Jack!


Jenny S. October 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I am so impressed by your family history! I am eager to get out there and try the New Albion beer now! I am curious how Cleveland Beer week compares to GABF. You’ll have to post!


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