Brewing beer has long been a part of American history.  Our founding fathers spent a considerable amount of time and money on the pursuit of happiness in the form of a tall glass of beer.

George Washington had a recipe for a “small beer” that he shared in a diary now located in the New York Public Library. Small beer is a low alcohol beer that people drank rather than water. Thomas Jefferson's recipes were derived from the work of Michael Combrune, a colonial brewer that published a book outlining his processes in the mid-18th century. Brewers today still attempt to incorporate these historical recipes into their beer.

Feel free to search for their recipes if you want to try making them at home - and make sure to let us know how they turn out!

If you want to save some time (and end up with some beers that actually taste good), join us at Troy on Tap on Sept. 19 at Riverfront Park. Buy tickets now at before prices go up at the door!