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Libations of the Eighteenth Century

A Concise Manual for the Brewing of Authentic Beverages from the Colonial Era of America, and of Times Past

by David A. Woolsey

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Publisher: Universal-Publishers
Pub date: 2002
Pages: 224
ISBN-10: 1581126565
ISBN-13: 9781581126563
Categories: HistoryHistory & Biography


A manual dedicated to recreating the brewed beverages that existed in the American Colonies. All of the historic recipes were documented as dating from 1800 or earlier, and all were taste-tested. The book consists of more than fifty recipes for ale, beer, mead, hard cider, and mixed drinks, including an award winning recipe for porter. Along with the recipes is a how-to chapter on brewing. There is an additional chapter on non-alcoholic brews, such as tea and coffee, and herbalsubstitutes for both. Plus, a section on making non-alcoholic beer, and carbonated soft drinks.

"Very educational..., I really enjoyed it." Peter Allen

"...with nine chapters the book covers a wide variety of beverages from colonial as well as earlier historic periods" THE LOYALIST GAZETTE

"A good book that covers an era of history and of brewing that is rarely touched in other how-to books."
M. Christopher New, author of Maryland Loyalists in The American Revolution.


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About the Author

The author is a 1985 graduate of Marquette University, and holds a BA in anthropology with an emphasis in archeology. A former Marine Corps officer, he has been a historic reenactor for more than two decades, and is a member of the American Long Rifle Association, The Maryland Militia, Inc., and the Maryland Loyalist Battalion. An award winning craft-brewer, the author has been craft brewing since 1996. He currently resides in Maryland with his wife and family.