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Drink Like The Forefathers Did: George Washington's Beer Recipe

05/05/2011 12:38 pm ET | Updated Jul 05, 2011

In between running the country and helping to draft the Constitution, turns out George Washington managed to squeeze some time in to perfect his beer recipe. And, in honor of New York Public Library’s centennial, which houses a collection of his papers (including his beer recipe), 15 gallons of the brew will be offered for tasting.

The NYPL has teamed up with Shmaltz Brewing Company to create "Fortitude’s Founding Father Brew." Shmaltz brewer Josh Knowlton admits that the recipe is not an exact replica. “Back then, they didn’t really have quite the same understanding of brewing science that we do now,” he says.

The original recipe is as follows:

Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste. - Boil these 3 hours. Then strain out 30 Gallons into a Cooler, put in 3 Gallons Molasses while the Beer is scalding hot or rather drain the molasses into the Cooler & strain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. Let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm. Then put in a quart of Yeast if the weather is very cold, cover it over with a Blanket & let it work in the Cooler 24 hours. Then put it into the Cask - leave the Bung[hole] open till it is almost done working - Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.

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