Originally Posted by Fiery Sword
encouraging fact from show:
1983 - 40 breweries in the U.S.
now - over 1,400
Just finished watching this - very interesting show. I'm glad they featured Dogfish Head for a large portion of it. Another interesting fact - we still haven't recovered from Prohibition - in the late 19th century, there were over 2,300 breweries in the US. Also, apparently George Washington was a brewer and left his porter recipe in the capitol library - anybody have a copy of that one?
EDIT: Here's GW's recipe (supposedly) - more like a molasses mead than beer:
"To Make Small Beer
Take a large Siffer [Sifter] full of Bran Hops to your Taste. -- Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall[ons] into a cooler put in 3 Gall[ons] Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & St[r]ain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yea[s]t if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blank[et] & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask -- leave the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working -- Bottle it that day Week it was Brewed."