Budweiser has released a new beer based on a recipe written down by George Washington decades before the American Revolution.
In his military journal of 1757, Washington jotted down how to make a type of beer using bran hops, molasses and yeast.
According to BeerHistory.com, Washington wrote, “Take a large Siffer full of Bran Hops to your taste. Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall into a cooler put in 3 Gall Molasses while Beer is Scalding hot.”
The soon-to-be first U.S. president then describes adding yeast, a cool down period and bottling instructions.
Budweiser used this recipe to create Budweiser Freedom Reserve Red Lager — essentially, Washington’s 18th century beer, made for the 21st century.
According to an Anheuser-Busch news release, ” the Red Lager is brewed with toasted barley grains for a slightly sweet aroma with a touch of hops, a rich caramel malt taste and a smooth finish with a hint of molasses.”
The beer is a continuation of the company’s support of the nonprofit “Folds of Honor,” which gives scholarships to military families.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the beer this summer will benefit the organization.