Last year we partnered with Bent River Brewing Co. to find a way to celebrate America's greatest home-brewer and create a craft beer to match our modernized palates. This time around we're doing it bigger!

Way back when our great nation was just a concept in the heads of revolutionaries, beer was just as necessary as it is today. George Washington actually brewed his own beer and the recipe was discovered a year ago. Here's what he said for brewing beer:

To Make Small Beer
Take a large Sifter full of Bran Hops to your Taste. -- Boil these 3 hours then strain out 30 Gall. into a cooler put in 3 Gall. Molasses while the Beer is Scalding hot or rather draw the Melasses into the cooler & Strain the Beer on it while boiling Hot. let this stand till it is little more than Blood warm then put in a quart of Yea[s]t if the Weather is very Cold cover it over with a Blanket & let it Work in the Cooler 24 hours then put it into the Cask -- leave the bung open till it is almost don[e] Working -- Bottle it that day/Week it was Brewed.

As we found out the last time we tried this, George's booze wasn't brewed for flavor, unless the taste he was going for was dirt. Luckily, the folks at Bent River Brewing Co. are pros and whipped up a special, updated version of his recipe.

Last year we completely underestimated just how many beer fans would flock out to get some of this brew. So we've doubled the amount of commemorative Old George's Ale pint glasses that we'll be handing out.

Join us at Bent River Brewing Co. (512 24th St, Rock Island, IL) on Thursday, February 22nd from 6-8 p.m. $4 will get you a sampling of the original recipe, an updated version of the new Old George's Ale, and a special pint glass.

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