(7% American make from 12 oz bottle) In a brilliant manoeuvre, the Yard’s Brewery Co. of Philadelphia partnered with the City Tavern to create Ales of the Revolution. The tavern placed host to many prominent players in the revolution, those thought to be traitors to crown, and albeit only lives on in a modern recreation its nice to known that the stories and recipes remain. These ales, which are based off recipes attributed to the Founding Fathers, seem like a match made in heaven for me. History? Beer? Could it get better?
And after tasting the George Washington Porter I would have to say I was not disappointed. This beer was enjoyed as a selection from another variety pack which I pick up on my sojourn back home, i.e. outside of Philadelphia.
This porter’s recipe is associated closely with the general of the revolutionary forces and America’s first president, none other than George Washington. This brew was made to keep some thirsty field officers satisfied, to which I am sure they could not complain. On the pour, it was a deep, dark and rich black with an off-white/mocha head. On the nose there was a delightful smell of sweet malts. The taste, which I am sure was the best part of any field officer’s day, was rich and warming with the notes of alcohol and sweet malts giving way to drying taste on the back-end, and slightly creamy throughout.
While home on a stroll through the city, I came across the namesake’s old stomping grounds.
One can only imagine that tossing a few porters and ales back must have made the idea of standing up to the imperialist power of the Red Coats slightly less terrifying for the founding fathers. The morning after a long night out of planning and plotting a revolution must have been undoubtedly rough though.
Regardless, the porters and the revolution were a success. At Washington’s funeral it was said of him that he was, “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”. Perhaps something in there about his porter would have been a little bit out-of-place, but if you give it a try I think you can appreciate his style.