Ales of the Revolution & Oktoberfest

This is part of the ongoing “Beers with Newman” series.  Check out the “Beers” category in the sidebar.

I’d like to indulge further into the topic of beer and the American Revolution. Many colonists would find themselves in their neighborhood pubs, secretly discussing the plans of revolt or the many taxes imposed on them by the British. The taxes levied on the colonist were so burdensome that many began a ban on British products, such as tea, molasses, and beer.

Yards Brewing Company: Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale 8.0% ABV

The ban on British beer, lead to the increased production of local beer. The local neighborhood pubs brewed their own drafts or purchased from a local colonist who brewed small batches at home. The colonist had to become creative with their brews, because such ingredients as hops and malts were not readily available. They substituted grains, spruce needles, juniper berries, molasses, etc. to create their very own unique brews. The patriot, Samuel Adams, is perhaps the most prominent colonist brewer, but what you may not know is that a few of our founding fathers were also brewers themselves.

The Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia, Pa has created the signature series, Ales of the Revolution which celebrates the unique brews of the founding fathers. These beers are created from the original recipes by these great men. The series includes the George Washington Tavern Porter, the Poor Richard’s Spruce Ale, and the Thomas Jefferson Tavern Ale. Here at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room we are offering bottles of the Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale.

Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale

This is the original recipes used by Jefferson, with some of the ingredients specified and grown on his Virginia estate. It is classified as an “English Strong Ale” boasting an 8.0% ABV with an amber color, medium body, smooth caramel malts balanced with fruit hop, and a bitter dry finish. This beer is perfect with a honey glazed ham or honey BBQ ribs!

Oktoberfest in Princeton

Brooklyn Oktoberfest: American Style Märzen 5.5% ABV

October is perhaps my favorite month of the entire year. The autumn winds begin to chill. The leaves begin to change from plush green to a menagerie of oranges, yellows, reds, and browns. Halloween echoes with the sounds of childish jubilation. And of course, Oktoberfest is celebrated all around the world.

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held each year in Munich, Germany, running from late September to early October. The festival was started as a celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to his bride, Princess Therese. Traditionally, the festival takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October, but here in American we celebrate it over two months.

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest: American Style Märzen 5.4% ABV

Many American craft breweries celebrate Oktoberfest with the creation of their very own version of the traditional Oktoberfest beer, the Märzen. The Märzen, sometime referred to as Märzenbier or Festbier, is a style of lager brewed seasonally and characterized by its medium to full body, a malty flavor and a clean dry finish. The color of the brew varies from pale through amber to dark brown.

Here at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, we are proud to continue the Oktoberfest tradition and celebrate with a two American festbiers: Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest and Sam Adams Oktoberfest.

Both festbiers are true to form with malty flavor and a brisk bitterness and pair well with steak, roasted poultry & pork, and all manner of sausages.

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale: Pumpkin Ale 5.0% ABV

Also at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, we are keeping up with the growing trend of the seasonal Pumpkin ale. On tap we have, the Brooklyn Brewery Post Road Pumpkin Ale. This beer is orange-amber in color, with a warm pumpkin aroma, a bready malt center and a crisp finish.

As October kicks off and the fall season is upon us, I hope you will enjoy these beers and look forward to seeing you at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room.

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