But in reality, it was George Washington that perhaps knew his beer better than any other of the Founding Fathers. And after the Revolutionary War, George Washington had a strictly "Buy American" policy about beer as he told his friend Lafayette in a letter, "We have already been too long subject to British prejudices. I use no porter or cheese in my family, but such as is made in America; both these articles may now be purchased of an excellent quality."
George Washington bought his porter from a brewer in Philadelphia. In fact, it was his secretary's job to make sure he was well supplied when he returned to Mount Vernon.
Washington's secretary, Tobias Lear once wrote to the brewer:
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That's right, it wasn't Sam Adams that was the brewer, it was George Washington. In fact, he wasn't only a home brewer, he was a distiller as well. In 1799, Mount Vernon was the largest producer of rye whiskey in the United States.
Ever since the birth of our nation, beer has been the beverage of choice for Americans. In fact, at a large parade in Philadelphia that celebrated the ratification of the Constitution, several of the local brewers marched in the parade under a banner that read: "Ale--proper drink for Americans."
Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel Shot to Hell which will be released in Spring 2014