Well I’m sure like me, your email queue is full of announcements by every establishment you frequent telling you they are taking steps like hand washing to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. All this makes me wonder if they washed before. After all, in the 18th Century we know bathing is dangerous.

Better to drink beer. The Colonial Brewer is taking a lesson from the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 (yes this too was a pandemic but news and disease travels faster now). I am cancelling events and staying away (and yes, I still wash my hands). For those who are disappointed in the lack of public demonstrations, take solace in the fact that beer is still boiled and therefore free of bacteria and viruses. Spruce Beer may even help you fight off a mild viral infection.

Until then, you can still keep up with the Colonial Brewer online. I am washing my hands after each posting to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. I will return to public demonstration when it is deemed safe.

Published by Michael Carver

My goal is to bring history alive through interactive portrayal of ordinary American life in the late 18th Century (1750—1799) My persona are: Journeyman Brewer; Cordwainer (leather tradesman but not cobbler), Statesman and Orator; Chandler (candle and soap maker); Gentleman Scientist; and, Soldier in either the British Regular Army, the Centennial Army, or one of the various Militia. Let me help you experience history 1st hand!

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