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New Albion is Back!

Feb 5, 2009 - Don Barkley, Master Brewer at Napa Smith Brewery in Napa California, has brewed a recreation of the New Albion Pale Ale, from his days at that first micobrewery of the same name. Napa Smith's Original Albion Ale will be the Official Ale of SF Beer Week, a ten day series of beer events in and around the San Francisco Bay area kicking off this Friday.

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The single batch that Don brewed will be showcased at some of the finest bars in the Bay Area as the very limited supply lasts.

To kick start SF Beer Week, Don has decided that he will be roaming San Francisco tomorrow, February 6th, tapping his beer for the first time at 5 different San Francisco locations, starting at the venerable Toronado in the Lower Haight, and ending up at the 21st Amendment brewpub. Don will be officially tapping his beer at every bar he visits, sharing some pints, a few stories and celebrating the start of SF Beer Week all day on his pub crawl around the city. Here's the schedule;

HIGH NOON first tapping at the Toronado!

The first drops of the Original Albion will be poured at the place where it all began for most of us, the Toronado. Don will be at the T from Noon to 1pm, catch him if you can. The Original Albion Ale will be available all weekend, if it even lasts that long!

Watch Your Speed! 1pm-1:45pm

Before leaving the Haight, Don and crew will be tapping the Original Albion at Magnolia Pub, where you can take a break from Strong Beer Month to grab a pint of a beer that hasn't been brewed in well over 20 years!

We're on a Mission! 2pm-2:45pm

Next stop on the Original Albion pub crawl: the Monk's Kettle. Catch a mid afternoon beer with Don and the boys at the Kettle, one of the best new beer spots in the city, an instant classic if you will. They are kicking off SF Beer Week by running specials on local craft brews all week long!

Bottled Beer Heaven! 3pm-3:45pm

The City Beer Store, your best option for a take home version of the best beers in all the land, will be hosting Don's beer on draft too, so stop by and wet your whistle while you decide which beers are going to fill up your fridge!

Lower De Boom! 4pm-5pm

The 21st Amendment, one of the sites of Strong Beer Month 2009, welcomes Don for the day's final tapping, part of the pub's legendary post-work day happy hour, where you can let the Original Albion wash away your sorrows, and prepare for what is sure to be an action-filled SF Beer Week for the next nine days in February.


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