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Firm to brew George Washington beer

Published 05/05/2011 | 08:38

George Washington, America's founding father, created a recipe for beer
George Washington, America's founding father, created a recipe for beer

George Washington is famous for many things but it is safe to say few knew America's founding father created a recipe for beer.

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The New York Public Library, which owns the recipe, has announced that it is partnering with Coney Island Brewing Company in Brooklyn to recreate the brew, which will be called Fortitude's Founding Father Brew. They will make just 25 gallons to celebrate the library's centennial this year.

Washington's recipe for how "To Make Small Beer," reads in part: "Take a large Sifer (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 ... let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quarter of Yea(s)t ..."

The handwritten recipe, jotted down on a small piece of notebook paper, resides with other Washington documents at the library's Fifth Avenue Stephen A Schwarzman Building, including his Farewell Address, war maps of New York and New Jersey and other personal items.

"We are thrilled to transform Washington's recipe into an even more complex and flavourful robust porter using a delicious array of the best small batch dark malts and hop varieties to produce a truly spectacular celebration for the contemporary beer connoisseur," said Jeremy Cowan, founder of Shmaltz Brewing Company, the parent of Coney Island Brewing Company.

"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," said Ann Thornton, director of the library's collections and exhibitions.

Other centennial events this month include an overnight treasure hunt of the library's collection on May 20 and tours of the library's stacks on May 21-22.

A centennial exhibition opening on May 14 will feature more than 250 historical items, including Washington's Farewell Address, Virginia Woolf's walking stick, Malcolm X's briefcase and Jack Kerouac's harmonica.

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