UPSIDE DOWN AND ON THE final web page of one of his journals, George Washington wrote down a recipe for small beer. The beer had a low alcohol content as it was meant for hydration, now not getting under the influence of alcohol. In the 1700s, many human beings drank by and large beer as opposed to water.* Washington’s beer recipe is positioned in a journal he kept while serving as colonel of the Virginia Regiment in 1757, and he probably served this beer to his troops to keep them hydrated throughout exhausting duties.
“This report is vital as it shows the character of George Washington, which then will become the character of the US of America,” says Thomas Lannon, assistant director of manuscripts, documents, and beautiful books on the New York Public Library. As Lannon notes, details from the magazine assist display who Washington become as someone. Washington became stringent and wanted to be triumphant. He crossed out maximum pages of the notebook to mark completed duties. He lashed soldiers for desertion, and there are as a minimum debt where Washington selected to dangle deserters, says Lannon.
The placement of the beer recipe on the first folio of the opposite side suggests it became added later. This recipe is made from bran hops and molasses and bottled on the same day it’s brewed. In Lannon’s opinion, it’s no longer very appealing. The beer recipe gets extra interest than the rest of the magazine possibly as it’s more interesting than a struggle notebook. Additionally, Washington “has this type of dual persona of being a kind of militaristic man or woman, however additionally a benevolent Founding Father and so the beer recipe, I suppose, may be used to reveal his human facet,” says Lannon.