No poll this time, but a challenge for successful drinkers everywhere: are you a true patriot–that is, can you brew George Washington’s own small-stock recipe?
Your recipe (quoted from the man):
To Make Small Beer
Take a large Sifter full of Bran, Hops to your Taste. –Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gallons into a Cooler, put in 3 Gallons Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot… let this stand till 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 till it is almost done Working–Bottle it that day a Week it was Brewed.
If you refuse this assignment, I will find you.
If you complete this task, submit a video to the Banjo of your completed work, and I’ll see fit you are made a superstar.
For all of you not attending an Oktoberfest (for if you have the opportunity to partake and are yet reading this blog, you are an unsuccessful drinker), I welcome you to Porter season with open arms. For those of you who have little idea of what a Porter is (or you think Michelob invented the style), I am providing a short description and a hit list. Porter is a dark ale brewed with roasted malts that carries a distinct flavor. It is a predecessor to stout, but isn’t nearly as heavy.
You may have noticed that the Banjo tends toward bottled beers, and there is a purpose to this: beer is a community-oriented beverage, and judging by population figures, I live in Montana and you don’t. Therefore, if I can drink a bottle and you can drink the same (albeit elsewhere), we can share the happiness. Certainly, draught beer is often better, but don’t be such a damned snob.
1. St. Peter’s Porter: A fine example of an English Porter, and the bottles are awesome.
2. LaConner Brewing Porter. Sure, you’ll have a tough time finding this one, but drinking is not for sissies.
3. Kettle House’s Hemp Porter. This may be one of the weirdest food items I’ve consumed since a chicago-style hot dog. It’s brilliant, and tastes wonderful. Find it at your peril.
Go forth and drink successfully.