In 1757, a colonel in the Virginia militia recorded the way that thirsty soldiers had made a DIY beverage with some water, hops, and molasses. The colonel: George Washington. Yes, the father of our country recorded instructions for making a very stiff beer. God bless America! Today, a mile and a half from Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Yards Brewing Company has resurrected old George’s directions. It’s one of the brews in its Ales of the Revolution series, an homage to a time when our forefathers were creating a more perfect union—while getting drunk off their ass. But re-creating centuries-old formulas takes some detective work. And a liver of steel. “The beers back then tended to be very strong,” Yards founder Tom Kehoe says. Here’s how the recipes were revived.
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