New Albion Ale to be Released in Cans! Plus HOMAGE tee!

by Renee on September 5, 2017

Cleveland, Ohio--Mark Thursday, October 5th on your calendar for the historic release of the iconic New Albion Ale in cans at Platform Beer Co. The release party starts at 5 p.m. at 4125 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland, and also at the Platform Columbus tap room at 408 N. 6th Street. Look for a tap takeover in Cincinnati. (Location TBD) New Albion Brewing Company founder Jack McAuliffe is expected to make an appearance at the Cleveland location along with his daughter, New Albion President, Renée DeLuca. October 8th marks the 41st anniversary of the incorporation of New Albion Brewing Company.

McAuliffe’s New Albion is noted to be the first post-Prohibition microbrewery, founded in Sonoma, California in1976. It was shuttered six years later when McAuliffe could not get the funding he needed to expand. Boston Beer’s Jim Koch released America’s first pale ale for the first time since the brewery closed in 1982 at the Great American Beer Festival in 2013, when it was bottled by Samuel Adams and sold on store shelves across the country for several months.

Following that one-off release, McAuliffe’s daughter Renée revived the historic brew with Platform Beer Company in Cleveland in 2014. Platform is currently the exclusive brewer of New Albion. A gold medal winner at GABF in 2015 for their Black Eagle Gratzer, Platform celebrated its third anniversary in 2017.

Platform founder Justin Carson said, “We are excited to bring back this historic beer in cans so it can be distributed further and enjoyed by craft beer lovers throughout Ohio. Its clean, crisp refreshing taste is the foundation every craft beer that followed was built upon.”

To celebrate and honor the beer, HOMAGE, a vintage-inspired apparel company based in Columbus, OH, has designed a T-shirt featuring the iconic schooner that appears on the New Albion label. The shirts will be sold at Homage retail locations and at for $32.

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rita kohn September 6, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Delighted to hear this. The story goes into NUVO-Indianapolis so we entice friends of Jack to Cleveland for yet another salute to the guy who stirred us upward and onward into crafted ales. We continue to speak of Jack’s sharing in Indianapolis at Thr3e Wise Men brewpub and at Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest 2014 where we lifted a pint of New Albion Ale brought back by Samuel Adams. Lovely to have ‘history repeat itself’ in this new meaningful way by Platform Brewing Company. When are your returning to Indianapolis? Cheers! Rita


Renee October 9, 2017 at 11:47 am

Not sure when I’ll get to Indy next, Rita, but thank you for the support! Cheers~


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