LI craft brewer creates a 'debate beer'

Screen shot 2016-09-21 at 6.32.41 PMNever let it be said that the American entrepreneurial spirit has gotten weak, no matter which major political party it favors.

Take the Blue Point Brewing Company, for example. The Long Island craft brewery, established in 1998, on Tuesday unveiled Colonial Ale, what it refers to as a "debate beer" based on a George Washington recipe. It will debut outside the Trump-Clinton presidential debate at Hofstra University on Monday.

According to an announcement by the brewer, located in Patchogue about 35 miles east of the Hofstra campus, Colonial Ale, is a modern take on a 1757 recipe belonging to Washington, then a 25-year-old colonel in the Virginia Regiment militia.

The recipe, which calls for era-appropriate ingredients such as corn, molasses and spruce tips in place of hops, comes from a notebook owned by Washington during the French and Indian War.

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