Honoring Jack in New Albion’s Birthplace

by Renee on July 21, 2016

Pioneer beersSacramento, California–It was more than my pleasure to see my father recognized recently by the Northern California Brewers Guild at the California State Fair for his contributions to the craft beer movement with the founding of New Albion Brewing Company in Sonoma in 1976. He was the recipient of a Founders Award, along with Anchor Steam’s Fritz Maytag and Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman. While Ken was on the road with his Beer Jack & FritzCamp, Fritz was also at the event, and brewers from the region joined in a standing ovation for both pioneers of beer. The highlight of the event was a toast to Jack with the newly rebooted New Albion Ale, graciously shipped to the beer’s homeland by our brewing partners at Platform Beer Company. It was a big hit, and got a big thumbs up from Jack.

The awards ceremony was followed by a brewfest on the fair grounds–Nedrowsand Jack and my friends Mike and Donna Nedrow (proprietors of Chardon BrewWorks in Geauga County here at home) enjoyed a beery afternoon tasting an array of beers that were award winners at the event. It was a great treat having Mike and Donna at the fest, as they just happened to be traveling in Northern Cali at that time, and gladly accepted my invitation.

We shared a table with beer writer Jay Brooks, who introduced the Founders Award winners with entertaining stories and a bit of history. It was a happy and memorable afternoon, and Jack was pleased to be so honored.

And because a girl cannot live by beer alone, I took advantage of my time in wine country and visited a couple of Ridge Winery wine countrywineries the next day with a dear friend–had an amazing Montebello–the subject of the movie Bottle Shock, at Ridge Vineyards.

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