by Steve Rhodes
Question by Df: I saw a documentary that said thomas Jefferson wanted to start a government run brewery at one point?
but this was a documentary on beer not on american history, can anyone fill in some details of that story.
Answer by isis1037
The first hint that Jefferson considered brewing his own beer comes in a letter of friendly competition with George Gilmer, who lived at Pen Park in Albemarle. Jefferson wrote from Philadelphiain 1793 saying that he hoped to be home soon, “but it seems I must stay here a little longer in penance for my sins. This will give you the start in your manufactures of porter and macaroni, in which however I shall certainly attempt to rival you.” Although Jefferson planted hops in his garden at Monticello in 1794, there is no indication that he then entered the brewing race.
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