Well I have for a while been trying to combine my interest for the American Revolution with beer, it had to be original without sounding too corny.
I had a breakthrough yesterday.
Broadside Brewing Co.
were the "Extra" papers of the day (although even that is an outdated term, only the biggest papers do extras editions anymore, maybe it is the Twitter of the day?).
So when the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776, it was brought straight to the Continental Congress's official Printer. John Dunlap
who owned a print shop on 48 Market St, Phila, PA.
He spent most of the night setting type, running test copies, and printing about 200 copies of what became known as the Dunlap Broadside
In my opinion, one of the most important versions of America's sacred documents (only the Constitution is more important in my eyes). The engrossed Declaration of Independence is nice but was completed over a month later. This was the version everyone in the colonies heard the news from. It is said Washington himself received a copy that he read to his troops.
I own a reproduction done on period style letterpress from Prints by AJ
, and would encourage anyone with an interest to throw the guys the 20 bucks it takes with shipping to get one. I framed mine and hung it above what is soon to become my yeast culturing workstation.
Anyway, going off of this theme, I have thought of a few names that I am quite happy with.
Print Shop Pale Ale
Dunlap's Dunkel (Dunkel Weizen or Dunkler Bock)
India Ink IPA
Movable Type Mild
Special work done on a letterpress is said to be "Inked by Hand" I figured that could be a good name for any specialty series beer ala New Glarus Unplugged.
So what do you think?