Sunday, September 7, 2008

Days of the Beer, September 7

The beer for today is Sweetwater Road Trip.

On September 7, 1864, during the American Civil War, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman ordered the city of Atlanta Georgia to be evacuated.

You might remember, Atlanta wasn't a very large city at the beginning of the Civil War, with a population of just under 10,000. It was an important city that was a rail hub connecting several other cities with the sea.

On September 2, 1864, the mayor of Atlanta and some other pro-union citizens surrendered the city to Sherman. Sherman made his headquarters in the city on September 7, and ordered the civilians in Atlanta to evacuate. They occupied the city for several months, then ordered it burned to the ground on November 11 (more on this in the future, I'm guessing).

Sweetwater Brewery is located in Atlanta.

Road trips are carefree adventures that usually take unexpected twists, like when we created this beer. It started out as a Pilsner recipe, but halfway through it blew a tire and Ale yeast was put on as the spare. The result was so good, it never could have been planned!
So, in honor/memory, ridicule of those Atlantan's who were ordered evacuated and put on a Road Trip, have yourself a Sweetwater Road Trip.

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