I agreed to do a program with the Discovery Channel on Spruce Beer. Before you think this is a great “win” for the Regimental Brewmeister, I thought you might enjoy a synopsis of one of our more interesting conversations (edited for clarity):

2/17 — From the Discovery Channel Producer:

Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today, Michael. After speaking with you, here’s my dream scenario for filming at Fort Mifflin. I would really like our talent to participate in a reenactment battle where they can wear period attire, fire a musket and the cannon.

2/18 — Reply from Fort Mifflin

Michael and I have been reaching out to assemble your dream format, and attached is our proposal. This is a very significant undertaking, but as I mentioned previously we have significant experience with film crews and we are prepared to support your effort, assuring a smooth day and all the right shots for your story.

2/22 — Recap following site visit (from me)

  • Since they have no military pass, they will be arrested and taken to Casemate 5 for questioning.
  • [They] be “volunteered” to join the gun crew on the wall. After they have fired a few rounds at the enemy in the river, they will join a detail on the parade with light arms and attempt to repel a group of British regulars at the main gate

2/28 — From the Discovery Channel Producer:

This is awesome! Thank you. … One quick creative adjustment. Network would like to lose the talent being arrested at the gate and go with them walking into cannon fire. 

2/28 — Reply from me

No problem with the arrest.  My agenda is only a suggestion. 

For the record, we of the British Brigade recommend being arrested over “walking directly into cannon fire!”  A quick glance at Lord Tennyson’s narrative poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is all you need to know about our reservations on that count. 


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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