Yards Ales of the Revolution

If you’re looking for some patriotic brews to enjoy this 4th of July, look no further than an Ales of the Revolution Variety Pack! This special series of brews was created by Yards to pay tribute to our founding fathers, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin, who just so happened to be avid beer enthusiasts like us! In fact, one of Washington’s favorite watering holes, Robert Hair’s Brewery, was located just a hop, skip and a jump from where the Yards Brewery now stands. Rumor has it that this is where he developed and brewed his first Philadelphia porter. Here’s one of his recipes that can now be found on file in the New York Public Library:

To Make Small Beer: Take a large siffer full of bran hops to your taste-boil these 3 hours. Then strain our 30 gall[o]n into a cooler put in 3 gall[o]n molasses while the beer is scalding hot or rather draw the molasses into the cooler. Strain the beer on it while boiling hot, let this stand till it is little more than blood warm. Then put in a quart of ye[a]st if the weather is very cold cover it over with a blank[et] let it work in the cask-Leave the bung open till it is almost done working-Bottle it that day week it was brewed.” (Note: Following this recipe exactly will result in a beer with an alcohol content of about 11 percent — making it at least twice as potent as most of today’s commercially brewed domestic beers. Recipe courtesy Precious Book Department, New York Public Library. Spelling and punctuation have been left in their original form.)

Each Ales of the Revolution pack comes stocked with four bottles each of the following brews:

General Washington’s Tavern Porter
Ol’ GW, first president and passionate homebrewer, was especially fond of porter and took great pride in serving it to his troops at the end of a long day. His recipe is used as the basis for this tribute Tavern Porter which incorporates tons of molasses and dark, roasted malts. Rich and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate, GW Porter goes with everything from mole sauce to chocolate based desserts. 7% abv


Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale
The recipe for this English-style strong ale was inspired by Jefferson’s original recipe that called for wheat, honey, and rye from his Virginia estate. Full-bodied, with notes of dried fruit and toffee, this Tavern Ale is a wonderful complement to roasted duck or gnocchi with sage brown butter sauce. 8% abv
*Also available in 6-packs and 1/2 kegs


Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale
Created in 2006 in honor of Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday, Tavern Spruce is based on one of his original beer recipes that used spruce tips and molasses rather than hops and barely, as those ingredients were not easy to come by at the time. Medium-bodied with a dark amber hue and tons of sappy pine, sweet molasses, bready malt, and toffee on both the nose and the palate, this historic brew is delicious on its own or with glazed pork tenderloin. 5% abv



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