With more than 2,300 craft breweries and counting open in the US, it’s becoming difficult to remember a time when craft beer wasn’t everywhere. That time wasn’t as long ago as you might think. Forty years ago in fact, a retired Navy veteran named Jack McAuliffe quietly started the American craft beer revolution as we know it.
Trying to replicate the beers he drank during tours of Scotland and other parts of Europe, McAuliffe first brewed his pale ale in 1976. Since small-batch brewing equipment was not available at the time, he made his own. He named the beer “New Albion” ale as a reference to Sir Francis Drake, who named the land in what is now northern California “Nova Albion” back in the 1500s.