An Ode to Past Presidents

In remembrance of past and important Presidents in our US history, I had a beer. Ok, I had a couple beers, but I didn’t celebrate with John’s cousin Sam Adams.

Yards Brewing Company in Philadelphia makes a fine selection of beer, but my favorites are amongst the Ales of the Revolution. We first tried these at City Tavern in the Old City section of Philadelphia, where a replica of a past tavern now stands. Our Founding Fathers sought an ale and political banter at the old City Tavern before and during the country’s quest for Independence and they have appropriately served original and historic recipes brewed and re-mastered down the road by the Yards Brewery

Though I could’ve sworn I remembered an Alexander Hamilton brew in years past, the current selections of Revolutionary choices are as follows:

    The Poor Richard’s obviously represents traditional ale by Benjamin Franklin, who was not a President, but a Founding Father none the less.  This is my personal favorite. There is no doubt that his mind led to the formation of not only the United States, and thus American Presidents but also many of the institutions that still hold functional and historic places in our lives today.

    In addition to keeping the recipes traditional, Yards even finds their location to be relatively close to actual historic precedence: Our new brewery is located just blocks away from the site of Robert Hare’s brewery, where Washington’s favorite Philadelphia Porter was crafted.

    These are not your standard and typical beer selections.  Beer connoisseurs will appreciate not only the original recipes and unique ingredients that are traditional to the late 1700’s, but the flavors that rival consistent micro-brews. You’ll also find flavors that you would never find in the watered-down light beers, but this is true with all of Yard’s selections.

    If you’re in the Tri-State area and have a chance to either stop by City Tavern for a sampler or find the variety pack option at one of the local liquor shops, I highly suggest liberating yourself.

     

    President Tyler’s Grandkids

    10th President, John Tyler

    When you have the opportunity, please read this article.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/72021.html

    If you haven’t heard about this story in the news this week, it will blow your mind. President John Tyler’s grandchildren are alive. Yes, he was the 10th President of the United States of America. He was born in 1790 and became President in 1840. Somewhere, there are two elderly gentlemen who could affectionately call him Gramps. Though they never met, the idea that so much time spans between generations is fascinating.

    Forget hearing about your grandparents talk about walking to school or the Great Depression. These guys can talk about how the grandfather was President 20 years before the first shot fired in the American Civil War.

    Things these grandkids can say, just peak your interest:

    • “My grandfather was President 34 Presidents ago.”
    • “My Grandpa saw President George Washington’s wooden teeth….in person…in George’s mouth…while he was alive!”

    “Good old Gramps was born before… (Enter outrageous option here):

    • 37 states came into existence.
    • The Bill of Rights was ratified.
    • The invention of the cotton gin.
    • The Whiskey Rebellion.
    • The Louisiana Purchase
    • President Washington was elected for his second term

    “Grandpa was a full grown adult when… (Add historical event here, which you still find startling):

    • The War of 1812 began.
    • The Star Spangled Banner was written.
    • Tomatoes were discovered to be non-poisonous.
    • The census of 1820 showed 9.6 million people…total.
    • Ulysses S. Grant is born. (Grandpa is already 32 years old.)

    Maybe it’s because I love history and ancestry, but if this doesn’t make you say “woah”, I’m not sure what will.