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George Washington's Beer Recipe Unearthed, Recreated!

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There are those days where you need to drown your sorrows in a cheap ol' six-pack of Bud.

Other days, maybe a few shots of Jameson will do the trick.

And there are times, every so often, when you need a beer straight from the 1700s to wash away the pain.

Well, with any luck, that day will fall on May 18th when you'll have a chance to taste beer straight from George Friggin' Washington's recipe book.

As a gift to tipsy history buffs everywhere, the New York Public Library has released the handwritten beer recipe from the Father of Our Country. And as a bonus, the library has teamed up with the Coney Island Brewing Company to recreate the concoction for a Centennial Gala on May 23rd. But for a public tasting, Gothamist reports that Shmaltz Brewing Company will host a tasting at New York bar Rattle N Hum at 7PM on May 18th.

There, you can imbibe upon what they've dubbed Fortitude’s Founding Father Brew.

The New York Public Library's Ann Thornton told Gothamist, "This partnership is a fun and unique way to bring our awe-inspiring collections to life. Not only will it give people a rare opportunity to experience history first-hand, but it will shine a spotlight on the incredible depth and breadth of our collections. We have a treasure trove of materials that can be accessed by the public and used to advance the worlds of scholarship, literature, invention, creation... or even beer-making."

Yes, it's a testament to historical record. But unless Euripides left behind a killer recipe for some sorta fig wine, it kinda pales in comparison.

So, what did this forward-thinking revolutionary have documented as a dynamite beer? Well, according to his recipe, he was either an astoundingly poor speller, or he wrote it down after dipping into his supply.

"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."

Hoo-boy, George. It's a wonder you even got across the Delaware, buddy.
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