You can’t meet George Washington in the flesh but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink like the American President. The Coney Island Brewing Company has teamed up with the New York Public Library to recreate Washington’s personal beer recipe taken from a handwritten recipe by the President himself.
Called Fortitude’s Founding Father Brew it will only be available at the library’s Centennial gala on May 23rd, 2011 however you can recreate the beer on your own, here’s the recipe:
“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.”
There you have it.