1. We figured we’d toast a new week with this interesting information - craft beer guru Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, actually researched his original business plan at The New York Public Library! He mentions it in this fascinating interview with Bloomberg News (our mention is towards the middle of the piece). As you know, NYPL teamed up the Coney Island Brewery to recreate George Washington’s personal recipe for beer, which is located in our collections, so we know this world and are excited! Also, as a Library, it would be simply wrong for us not to mention that Calagione has a book out - and according to our friend at Bloomberg Amanda Gordon, an amazing book party.

  2. It’s a label fit for a Founding Father! As we previously announced, Shmaltz Brewing Company has partnered with The New York Public Library to re-create George Washington’s personal, handwritten recipe for beer, which the Library holds in its collections. The partnership is in honor of the 100th birthday of the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Although the beer will not be sold or bottled commercially, Shmaltz’s director Matt Polacheck created this beer label for at least one bottle that will be donated to the Library. We thought we’d share it because, we’ll, it’s just very cool. Enjoy!

    It’s a label fit for a Founding Father! As we previously announced, Shmaltz Brewing Company has partnered with The New York Public Library to re-create George Washington’s personal, handwritten recipe for beer, which the Library holds in its collections. The partnership is in honor of the 100th birthday of the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Although the beer will not be sold or bottled commercially, Shmaltz’s director Matt Polacheck created this beer label for at least one bottle that will be donated to the Library. We thought we’d share it because, we’ll, it’s just very cool. Enjoy!

  3. NYPL and Coney Island Brewing Company Create George Washington’s Beer

    To toast the 100th birthday of its landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Library has partnered with Coney Island Brewing Company in Brooklyn to create George Washington’s personal, handwritten beer recipe (a porter), which is located in our Manuscripts and Archives Division along with other rare Washington material.  The beer not only brings one of our rare collection items to life, but also calls attention to our Centennial celebration, which includes a public festival full of programming and Stack tours on May 21 and 22. It’s free - everyone come down! Meanwhile, the only public tasting of the beer - which will not be sold commercially - will be at an event held by the brewery in midtown Manhattan on May 18. Check out this AP story on the new beer for details. 

  4. It’s Super Bowl Sunday: Drink Like A Founding Father

    It’s Super Bowl Sunday! And in its honor, here is George Washington’s personal, handwritten recipe for beer, straight out of our Manuscripts and Archives division. You’ll have to find your own wing recipe, though. George didn’t write that one down.

  5. Cheers - We’re Baaaaaaaack

    We’re so happy that the good folks at Tumblr fixed their technical difficulties and brought us back to life that we figured we’d toast them with this fairly absurd cigarette card from between 1934 and 1938. It’s from the Library’s George Arents Collection. Cheers!