hist-brewing: looking for sources

Baden,Doug baden at oclc.org
Tue Dec 29 10:36:00 PST 1998

We could ask at Williamsburg if they boiled down Maple Syrup.  If they did,
then it would have been a trade commodity :).  Interesting question in it's
own right.  Nothing for research on their site...

The earliest I have found is from the 1700's, though.  Vermont and Maine, to
be exact, but Thomas Jefferson was involved it the attempts.

I suspect the colonists had brewing before 1587, but it was done in the old
fashioned way, in the kitchen by the wives.  Nobody would go that long
without a beer :)!  What a dry spell!


Doug Baden    My opinions are my own. 
When I see "And it is obvious that" I know that
I have many hours of work to see the obvious...

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From: Owenbrau1 at aol.com [mailto:Owenbrau1 at aol.com]

it is doubtful that they would have shipped the sap to europe; it wouldn't
keep well, and would be a fairly low value cargo. likewise, finished beer
wasn't shipped, as it was, until later during the colonial period, of lower
quality than european. the first commercial brewery opened in 1612, in New
Amsterdam, although colonists had been brewing by 1587.(American Breweries


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