Colonial Brewing

From Colonial Williamsburg:

Did you know that in the 18th century, beer was the drink of choice for adults and children of all ages due to its nutritional value, its uncanny ability to lift the spirit, and the fact that it was considered cleaner than water?  This fall, Colonial Williamsburg is celebrating the rich tradition of the brewing process, the ale house, and the local seasonal flavors that the colonists pioneered and that we still enjoy today.

Guests are invited to witness first-hand the process, techniques, and secrets of 18th century brewing practices during The Arts and Mysteries of Brewing program. The demonstration will be held at Governor’s Palace Scullery on October 7, October 27, and November 11 from 10:00am-3:45pm. Admission to the program is included in a regular Colonial Williamsburg admission pass. A sneak peek video of the demonstration, highlighting how Williamsburg Alewerks Microbrewery recreates the colonial brewing process for modern consumption in Old Stitch, can be viewed here.

The brewery’s Old Stitch Ale comes bottled and is also available on tap at Colonial Williamsburg’s numerous local taverns, including Chowning’s Tavern, which offers décor, service, and menus evocative of the 18th century. After hours, it turns into an authentic 18th Century alehouse, complete with sing-alongs, character performances, and games. In addition to serving Old Stitch Ale, Chowning’s offers other local favorites such as St. George Nut Brown Ale and Legend Brown Ale, both made at local Virginia breweries.

Huzzah! BBQ Grille also offers a wide selection of unique regional artisanal beers in flights of full servings alongside Southern BBQ favorites.

Williamsburg, Virginia is a little far away for me to make, but it sounds like a pretty cool event. Being a modest homebrewer myself, I’d be interested to see how much the process has changed.

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