Thanksgiving Beer

The original Thanksgiving celebrated the Pilgrim's arrival in America and their gratitude for the first harvest. In contemporary times, we gather to express gratitude with family and friends, but we gather around food.  In addition to bringing people together, food can also be a tool to learn about history. On Forked and Corked, GQ's Eating and Drinking Blog, an interesting history of beer in the early colonial days gives a reason for drinking beer with your feast, instead of wine.  Pilgrims brewed beer at home, and it resulted in a rustic beverage, more hodgepodge than hoppy.  Families contributed what they had to their beer, including "potatoes, pumpkins, corn, apples, maple syrup, hops if you were lucky, but more often spices like sage, chicory, and anise."

I like this concept of early beer representing the terroir of the land of the early colonialists.  They contributed what they grew or gathered, making their beers representative of that place.

Included is a recipe for on of George Washington's brews.  The author says it wasn't tasty, but I appreciate his spirit!

Read the rest of the article here.