The "America" cans might not be making a return tour of your local liquor store, but Budweiser has a new patriotic brew ready for your Fourth of July picnic. Budweiser Freedom Reserve, a red lager loosely based on George Washington's handwritten home-brew recipe, has just been released.
Washington's scribblings provide more of a starting point than a full recipe because it would be impossible to perfectly replicate the beer. For starters, Budweiser's massive, modern operation has little in common with Washington's home-brew set-up. In Washington's recipe, after pitching the yeast, he instructed the brewer, "[I]f the weather is very cold, cover it over with a blanket." That's not quite how Freedom Reserve is brewed.
"George Washington, along with the other founding fathers, were often known for being home brewers and creating their own recipes to share with their friends and family," Ricardo Marques, VP of Marketing, Budweiser tells Thrillist. "In his military journal dating back to 1757, George Washington incorporated molasses in one of his recipes to create a unique taste."