Beer Recipe: Valley Forge Spruce Ale

The encampment of Continental Army at Valley Forge (12/19/1777 — 6/19/1778) is known as the time of the greatest suffering. By the end of the encampment, almost a forth of the original army had died of disease, exposure, and privation. The food was said to have been both bad and infrequent. Even though food was …

Upcoming Event

June 18, 2021 — 5:00pm – 8:00 pmJEFFERSONIAN PICNIC:Did Jefferson ever believe “All men are created equal …?” We all know Jefferson owned slaves. We also know that in 1803, he purchased Louisiana from Bonaparte setting the stage for future displacements, genocides, and other crimes against America’s First Nations. Were “all men” only white Protestant …

American Historical Mythology

If you hang around Fort Mifflin very long you will, no doubt, be regaled with stories of the supernatural and the pseudoscience that supports its existence. These are all good fun but let’s be clear, SOME people actually believe these things and even though the scientifically minded dismiss THESE beliefs, they are quick to then …

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. June 8, 1775        Lord Dunmore retires to British shipping.    Dunmore and his family fled the Governor’s Palace in the middle of the night and took up residence aboard the Fowey. Want …

Basic Colonial Brewing #10 –Making the Brew

Once you have wort, its time to actually “brew” (from the Dutch brouwen: to bubble or effervesce) the beer.  I hope by now you realize that a lot more work goes into preparing to brew than actually brewing the beer.  When I do demonstrations, someone always remarks that brewing takes a long time but in …