The New York Public Library Has George Washington's Original Beer Recipe

The first U.S. President George Washington has a rich history in New York City. From Fraunces Tavern to Federal Hall, there are tons of places you can go to learn about the history of GW, including the New York Public Library. In this fascinating video from our friends at Atlas Obscura, watch as the library shares Washington's original notebook containing a unique beer recipe.

What could a beer recipe tell us about the personality of George Washington, largely beloved Founding Father of the United States? A lot, as it turns out. Joined by Thomas Lannon, assistant director of Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books at the New York Public Library, we examine Washington’s recipe for small beer that’s been tucked away in the back of his journal from 1757. (Spoiler: The beer is in no way delicious. At all.)

Check out the specimen page at the NYPL to read the beer recipe in full.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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