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Ales of the Revolution

Thomas Jefferson's Tavern Ale

ALL ALES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

This powerful and complex golden ale pays homage to Founding Father and fellow brewer, Thomas Jefferson. Yards Brewmaster, Tom Kehoe, worked closely with Philadelphia’s historic City Tavern to recreate this recipe, employing honey, rye, and wheat, just like the beer Jefferson made at Monticello.

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STYLE Strong Golden Ale
ABV 8.0% / IBU 28 / PLATO 18
FORMATS 12oz and draft
AVAILABILITY Year-round
SIGNIFICANT INGREDIENTS honey, flaked maize, rye malt
PAIRINGS Although Jefferson may have preferred to snack on the bounty of vegetables and herbs from his garden in Monticello, you may want to offset this beer’s high potency with something hearty, filling, and dare we say “fatty” like roast duck, pork chops with sage butter, and all types of charcuterie.
YEAR INTRODUCED 2001

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Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce

HE WHO DRINKS FAST PAYS SLOW

Based on Franklin’s original recipe, which called for barley, molasses, and essence of spruce, our Tavern Spruce is as approachable and engaging as was the man himself. We source blue spruce clippings from a local organic farmer, steeping them in the kettle to create this one-of-a-kind deep amber ale.

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STYLE Spice Ale, Indigenous Ale
ABV 5.0% / IBU 13 / PLATO 13.5
FORMATS 12oz and draft
AVAILABILITY Year-round
AWARDS Bronze Medal - Indigenous Ale - 2013 Great American Beer Festival
SIGNIFICANT INGREDIENTS local spruce tips and molasses
PAIRINGS Tavern Spruce's complex flavors and spruce essence marry well with foods characterized by Asian and Mediterranean ingredients and offers a terrific marinade for many dishes. Try with pork tenderloin roasted with rosemary, noodle dishes especially those with ginger, and Mediterranean ingredients like basil and olives.
YEAR INTRODUCED 2003

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General Washington's Tavern Porter

LIQUID COURAGE

Detailed in a letter from the General to his officers during the war, Washington’s recipe employed molasses to aid fermentation and give rich caramel notes to this robust, roasty ale. The recipe reflected his admiration for Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare (whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now). Our Tavern Porter, inspired by Washington’s, is dark, smooth, and complex with just a hint of dried fruit in the finish.

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STYLE Strong Porter
ABV 7.0% / IBU 34 / PLATO 17
FORMATS 12oz and draft
AVAILABILITY Year-round
SIGNIFICANT INGREDIENTS Molasses
PAIRINGS The porter’s dark malts and molasses help complement rich and roasty flavors. Try with a burger topped with Gruyere and caramelized onions, a large Sunday pot roast, and make sure to save some for any desserts involving chocolate and vanilla.
YEAR INTRODUCED 2001

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