There’s something presidential about Budweiser’s new beer. Their latest brew is based on a recipe by none other than George Washington! Yes, even Founding Fathers need a cold one once in a while.

Budweiser’s Freedom Reserve Red Lager, as the limited edition beer is being called, loosely follows the instructions that Washington wrote in his military notebook from 1757. The journal entry is titled “To Make Small Beer” and it reads:

“Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste—Boil these 3 hours. Then strain out 30 Gall. into a Cooler put in 3 Gallons Molasses while the Beer is scalding hot or rather drain the molasses into the Cooler. Strain the Beer on it while boiling hot let this stand til it is little more than Blood warm. Then put in a quart of Yeast if the weather is very cold cover it over with a Blanket. Let it work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask. leave the Bung open til it is almost done working—Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed.”

You can see the actual handwritten version of it below, courtesy of the New York Public Library Archives. Check out that fancy script:

Image courtesy of NYPL

Naturally Budweiser’s new beer utilizes molasses, just as Washington instructed, though we’re have a feeling their refrigeration methods are a bit more modern.

And the best part is, a portion of the proceeds will go towards Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen or injured soldiers. It’s a noble cause that would make Washington himself proud.

The beer will be available from May until September. It’s a perfect summer beverage for crossing the Delaware River, albeit at a more leisurely pace, perhaps in an inner tube instead of military regalia and a tri-corner hat.

Header image courtesy of Budweiser.

Jessica is a former Associate Editor at Chowhound. Follow her on Twitter @volume_knob for updates on snacks and cats.
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