Virginia Brewery Recreates Centuries-Old Colonial Brew

Richmond, Virginia's Ardent Craft Ales Has Gone Full George Washington With Their Faithful Recreation of a Three Hundred Your Old Persimmons Beer.
By: Lawrence Bonk

Beer, wine and other spirits are some of the most ancient traditions in dining. These merrymaking liquids go back centuries and occasionally millennia. Wine has remained pretty static, but beer has experienced many transformations throughout the years. One Virginia brewery has been dead-set on recreating a three-hundred-year-old colonial brew that eschews barley and hops in favor of everyone's favorite acorn-shaped fruit, persimmons.

Ardent Craft Ales, based out of Richmond, has just unveiled a recreation of "Jane's Percimon Beer," whose recipe dates back to a historical collection from the 18th century. However, the recipe contained no volume amounts or specific instructions, so it was created by a whole lot of trial and error and a whole lot of wasted persimmons. The final brew is said to be a highly drinkable table ale that clocks in at a refreshing three percent ABV.

The brewery will offer the beer to the public tomorrow, Dec. 9 as part of a History on Tap presentation and discussion.

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