Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Brew George Washington's beer?

The Coney Island Brewing company has decided to brew what they're calling "Fortitude's Founding Father Brew" based on George Washington's hand written recipe (posted below) sourced from the NY Public Library.

From the Gothamist article:

Though a bit silly, the Library has a stake in this beer as well, hoping to draw attention to the amazing trove of documents available to the public. That may be so, but unfortunately there are no plans to sell the beer to the public. If you want to get a taste, you’ll have to have tickets to the library’s centennial gala later this month. For those lucky folks in the NYC area, there will be a public tasting on May 18 at Rattle N Hum, at 14 E. 33rd Street in Manhattan.


(Transcribed below)
"To Make Small Beer
Take a large Siffer [Sifter] full of Bran Hops to your Taste. Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30   Gall[ons] into a cooler put in 3 Gall[ons] Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses (sic) into the cooler & St[r]ain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yea[s]t if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blank[et] & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask—leave the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working—Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed."

Source -> http://gothamist.com/2011/05/04/george_washingtons_personal_beer_re.php via http://www.geekosystem.com/george-washington-beer/

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