May 5, 2011

George Washington's Beer Recipe

GW's beer recipe, 1757 (NYPL)
Genealogists are some of the most frequent users of old manuscripts at libraries and archives. But this post isn't about genealogy. Among the collections at the New York Public Library (NYPL) are a number of George Washington's personal papers. In a notebook from 1757, he wrote down a recipe for beer, of which a batch has been brewed for sampling at the library's centennial.

I hope they decide to make more of the beer to sell. It would be a good gift for beer-drinking history buffs, and probably less expensive than the limited edition whiskey made from his recipe at Mt Vernon last year: $95 for a 375 mL bottle. At least you can still tour George Washington's distillery.

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