THE BILL OF RIGHTS: A BRIEF HISTORY #2

Insurrections often are propagated upon misinformation.   So too are the most recent band of domestic terrorist who like to hide behind our most sacred American institutions.  In this series, I want to explore the Bill of Rights and why some of the hype and hyperbole thrown around by the extremist is not just wrong but …

Regimental Brewmeister Books will be Available at Fort Mifflin

I recently published a new edition of the Beers and Beer Stories by the Regimental Brewmeister and while you can buy this from Amazon, I am placing several copies at the Fort Mifflin giftshop. Since I am supplying Fort Mifflin these books at my author price, if you buy from the fort, seventy-seven percent of …

A little Fun — 18th Century Emoji

One of the great services a Colonial Tavern would perform is to provide news and newspapers, often read aloud, to both travelers and locals. Good newspapers have editorials and/or political cartoons. In researching political cartoons from the Revolutionary War period, I found three which could easily be argued to have been written in emoji. Sorry …

Okay, We are Trying Again to Run a Colonial Brewing Class

To be fair, this is a long shot. I am a bit worried we will end up postponing this offering again because of the pandemic but if you don’t plan in advance, you can’t pull of something as complicated as this class. So we are announcing. Go to http://www.fortmifflin.us/event/colonial-brewing/ for more details. Colonial Brewing: An …

Real Presidents have Dogs

Dogs have been an integral part of the White House since the arrival of the 2nd president of the US; John Adams. Although George Washington, the first US president had a special place for dogs in his heart, he never resided in the White House.  Dogs have returned to the White House after a four-year hiatus.  Almost …

“Beer” Recipe — Whiskey Rebellion Corn Beer

Okay, TECHNICALLY this is not a beer. According to Reinheitsgebot, beer must be made with malted BARLEY and this beer uses corn but AMERICAN beer is often made with whatever grain is available. I have dedicated this to the Whiskey Rebellion. During the American Revolution, individual states incurred significant debt. In 1790 Treasury Secretary Alexander …

THE BILL OF RIGHTS: A BRIEF HISTORY #1

Insurrections often are propagated upon misinformation.   So too are the most recent band of domestic terrorist who like to hide behind our most sacred American institutions.  In this series, I want to explore the Bill of Rights and why some of the hype and hyperbole thrown around by the extremist is not just wrong but …

Basic Colonial Brewing #2 — Brewing in the 18th Century

Beer was once considered the most health drink to give to children and vital to survival. To understand this, you must first understand that centuries of dense urban living had left the water in Europe unsafe to drink. People of the 18th Century did not understand why but they did observe that people who drank …

Historical Tidbits

When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few. January 21, 1793               Louis XVI guillotined In October 1789, a mob marched on Versailles and forced the royal couple to move to Tuileries; in June 1791, opposition to the …