Basic Colonial Brewing #11 — Managing Heat

A friend of mine recently comment that my 18th Century brewing demonstrations are so much more relaxed than what they see when modern methods are used.  WOW!  It must be like the duck on a pond – calm above and paddling like mad below.  Even when you ignore the added complexity of simultaneously speaking to …

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 18, 1778                     British evacuate Philadelphia After almost nine months of occupation, 15,000 British troops under General Sir Henry Clinton evacuate Philadelphia.   The British position in Philadelphia became untenable …

Better Late than Never

This week Congress passed and the President signed into law a bill makes June 19th (aka Juneteenth) a federal holiday.  Forget that its 156 years too late.  This is a move to recognize not just the injustice of slavery in America but also the significant contribution that African Americans have made to the democratic and …

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 …