Thursday, December 18, 2008

Days of the Beer, December 18

The beer for today is Mayflower Brewing Company Pale Ale.

On December 18, 1620, the Mayflower landed in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts with 102 Pilgrims on board. The Mayflower left England on September 16, and took a 66 day journey to the new world. They were originally headed for an area near New York City, but went off course and landed in Cape Cod Bay, on November 21.

The Pilgrims remained on board the ship avoiding a harsh winter until March, 1621. Only 53 of the original group were still alive, most died from an outbreak of a mixture of scurvy, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.

The Mayflower probably had a crew of 25-30 people, but only the names of five are known, including John Alden, the cooper, barrel maker.

As to the beer:

Mayflower Brewing Company is located in Plymouth Massachusetts. It was founded in 2007, by a tenth great grandson of John Alden, the cooper on the Mayflower.

Traditional English pale ales have mild malt character and aroma offset by pronounced hop bitterness. Mayflower Pale Ale offers a New World take on this Old World favorite. It combines a slightly sweet and toasted malt quality from caramel malt with floral and citrusy aromas from the finest quality English and Americangrown hops. The result is a well-balanced, highly drinkable ale.
The pale is 4.9% ABV, and has 40 IBU. Mayflower beer is available in Massachusetts, mostly Plymouth, Boston and the Cape Cod areas.

So, for the landing on Plymouth, have a Mayflower. As to what did the Pilgrim's drink? Read Deege's post on the subject.

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