It may not be Milwaukee’s Best, but Monticello Reserve Ale will begin production in the near future. Beer is no stranger to Monticello as the original Martha Jefferson, (Mr. Jefferson’s wife) was known to brew a 15-gallon batch every two weeks. A brewing room and beer cellar were also included in early drafts of Monticello offices (draft, get it?? Its a pun!).
The Founding Fathers had much to say on the topic of beer:
“Beer is a wholesome liquor…it abounds with nourishment.” – Jefferson’s good friend, the practical Dr. Rush
“I fear the man who drinks water and so remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night” –The venerable Dr. Franklin
“Let no man thirst for good beer.” – (Boston) Tea Party-er and rival brewmeister Sam Adams
‘In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.” -The always serious Dr. Franklin
The Maestro of Monticello himself said soberly, “Beer, if drank with moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes good health.”
Cheers, Mr. Jefferson. Cheers!