The Spirits of ’76

4 Jul

by Matt Spaley

“Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.” -Benjamin Franklin

On the day that we celebrate the birth of our nation I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at the document that seperated us from British tyranny (such as the erection of a multitude of New Offices) and the men behind the founding. But who wants to read that on a holiday? (For those dedicated nerds out there who need a history fix, you can check out Alan Dershowitz’s short but excellent book America Declares Independence) So instead, in the spirit of our forefathers (8oz of alcohol a day was the average), I offer you some patriotic beer selections to go with your cookout:

Mad Anthony’s Ale– Erie Brewing Company offers this tasty, medium bodied American Pale Ale. The quote from General “Mad Anthony” Wayne on the box says it all: “I’ll storm Hell if you’ll only plan it.”*

General Washington Tavern Porter and Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale– Finding anything by Erie Brewing Co. might be difficult depending on where you live, so Yards Brewing Company’s offerings based upon period recipies (Jefferson’s Ale comes from his own papers at his Monticello estate) should be easier to find.

Commodore Perry IPA– Ok, this one isn’t a Revolutionary War hero, but he did kick British butt in the War of 1812 (which is kind of a sequel to the Revolution) and I thought this list could use an IPA. Also, his middle name was Hazard.

Jefferson believed that drink stimulated conversation, so have a few while you reflect on independence. And if you can’t find any of these there’s always brewer/patriot Sam Adams.

*I’ve seen the pot they used to boil Mad Anthony’s bones. Why would anyone do that? He was buired in two places.


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