Budweiser Brews Freedom Reserve Red Lager Based On 261-Year-Old Beer Recipe From George Washington
Budweiser is debuting a new patriotic beer that is based on a 261-year-old recipe from George Washington. For the summer, Budweiser is offering the limited-edition Freedom Reserve Red Lager, which Washington wrote the recipe back in 1757. The best part is that proceeds from this American ale goes to a great cause.
George Washington is known for being the first President of the United States and one of the country’s Founding Fathers. But did you know that G.W. wasn’t shy about tipping a few back. The American Fabius had a love of booze of all kinds as evidenced by Washington’s farewell dinner on September 14, 1787. The epic bash had 60 bottles of claret (a red wine from Bordeaux), 54 bottles of Madeira (a wine made in the Portuguese Madeira Islands), 22 bottles of porter, 8 bottles of cider, 8 bottles of whiskey, and 7 large bowls of punch. That’s quite the boozy spread and it’s rather insane when you realize that the “dinner” was attended by only 55 people. Adjusting for inflation, that would be a bar tab worth $15,000.
Washington didn’t just drink booze, he made it too. In 1799, Washington owned the largest whiskey distillery in the country. The full-fledged distillery with five stills produced 11,000 gallons of clear, un-aged whiskey in 1799 and sold it for a total of $1,800, which is approximately $120,000 in today’s money.