Budweiser Recreated a Beer George Washington Brewed

first_imgStay on target Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img You know the story about a young George Washington chopping down a cherry tree? That was made up to add some virtuous sizzle to an early biography. This, however, is not made up: George liked his beer.Washington even brewed his own beer. Over on the New York Public Library’s website you can check out a page from one of his military journals. It features a recipe for small beer, carefully inscribed by the first President’s own hand.It’s a fairly simple recipe, calling for only “bran,” hops to taste, molasses, and yeast. Washington’s notes called for it to be brewed it in 30-gallon batches… but Budweiser’s limited run produced a whole lot more than that.AdChoices广告Now, the company’s Freedom Reserve is more of a beer that’s inspired by Washington’s recipe than it is an exact copy. For starters, it’s a little stronger than regular Budweiser at 5.4%. True small beer (which is made from the third running of the grains) generally packs a lot less of a punch — somewhere between .5% and 2.8%.Budweiser probably also didn’t boil quite as long as ol’ George did. His recipe called for three hours while a red lager like this one probably only needs 90 minutes or so.Veterans who work at Budweiser helped brew Freedom Reserve, and families of their fellow servicemen and women will benefit from its sale. Budweiser has pledged a portion of the proceeds to support Folds of Honor.If you’d like to try a more faithful reproduction of Washington’s recipe, plenty of home brewing enthusiasts have given it a go over the years. The recipe appears to have started circulating in 2011, and you can find a pretty good version of it on Homebrew Talk.Bonus points to the user who submitted that one for timing his process so the bottles could be opened on the Fourth of July.last_img

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