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 craft beer tap room at 408 N. 6 th Street. Also, 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 41 st 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 in 1976. 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 New Albion Brewing Company® was founded in Sonoma, California in 1976 by Jack McAuliffe, known as the “father of craft beer” in the United States. The first post-Prohibition microbrewery, New Albion was built from the ground-up by Jack, who longed to taste the beers he came to love while serving in Europe in the Navy in the 1960s. New Albion Brewing served as an inspiration to countless other home brewers who wanted to share their beers with the world. New Albion Ale is brewed and packaged by Platform Beer Company of Cleveland, Ohio.