The New York Public Library has uncovered a handwritten beer recipe, from George Washington.

“Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste,” Washington instructed. “Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall into a cooler [and] put in 3 Gall 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 [then] cover it over with a Blanket & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask”.

A 15-gallon batch of Washington’s beer is to be made to mark the library’s centenary by the Coney Island Brewing Company, under the name “Fortitude’s Founding Father Brew”.

While half the batch will stay faithful to Washington’s original recipe, the other half will contain malted barley instead of molasses, which may make it more palatable to modern drinkers.

Seems odd no grain in this beer, but I may have to try this recipe sometime as I progress in my home brewing experimentations.