Long Valley Pub and Brewery
General George's Porter
Long Valley, NJ
When Long Valley Pub and Brewery opened their business in Washington Township, NJ, they knew they needed to do something to honor the great American leader who once visited the very property on which the brewery now stands. George Washington was known to brew up many concoctions of his own and especially enjoyed porters, so it only seemed fitting for them to name their own dark brew General George’s Porter.
George Washington (1732-1799) may be the most well-known American that ever lived. He is commonly remembered as America’s first President but he actually lived an extraordinary life filled with many other impressive accomplishments as well. Few world leaders in history were as skillful, successful and as admired as George Washington, the “Father of His Country”.
Washington was born in the Virginia Colony to a prosperous family. His great-grandfather John Washington immigrated to the Virginia Colony in 1656 and accumulated a substantial amount of land as well as a number of slaves. George Washington’s father, Augustine, was a planter and also the Justice of the Westmoreland County Court. The family would likely have been considered upper class and they were highly respected in the region.
When Washington was three years old his father bought a 2,500 acre farm along the Potomac River in Virginia, the place where young George allegedly cut down his father’s cherry tree (there’s no proof that this actually happened). When Washington was 11, his father died and he inherited a small farm and ten slaves while his half-brother, Lawrence, inherited the 2,500 acre farm and named it Mount Vernon. Washington loved his father dearly and he lost a valuable teacher and mentor with his passing. Deprived of his father’s knowledge, he made up for it with special tutors and showed excellent academic skills throughout his schooling, particularly in draftsmanship and mapmaking. He also became an avid reader. Lawrence also passed while Washington was young and the future world leader eventually took over Mount Vernon as his own.
After graduating from the College of William and Mary he began his professional career as a surveyor but after two years of work, and inspired by Lawrence, Washington joined the British Army. At the age of 21, he was promoted to major and assigned to work with French and Indian officials, both of whom were a constant thorn in the side of the British Government. In 1754, the French and Indian War broke out and Washington was promoted, put in charge of a militia and sent off to establish Fort Necessity near Pittsburgh. His company was eventually overrun, which forced Washington to suffer the only surrender of his career, but his military work was still very impressive. Within three years, he had been promoted to brevet brigadier general of the Virginia Regiment and put in charge of thousands of soldiers. He would, however, retire from the military only a few months later.
Washington moved back to Mount Vernon with his new wife, Martha, who as a very wealthy widow, and turned his holdings into a grand fortune. In addition to Mount Vernon, he acquired money, land and slaves from his marriage, a handsome payment for his military service, and also capitalized on other investments. Between the two of them, George and Martha accumulated tens-of-thousands of acres, over 300 slaves and lived the lives of aristocrats complete with balls, dances, theater, races and fox hunting. As his wealth and prominence increased, Washington’s social status and political influence also grew causing him to rub elbows with many of Virginia’s elite. In 1769, as a public citizen, he even introduced legislation to the Virginia Assembly that called for an embargo on goods from Britain.
Along with many other colonists, Washington became increasingly frustrated by the excessive taxation from the British Empire and helped establish the Continental Congress in 1774, of which he became a delegate. He was unanimously chosen to lead the American Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and he refused to accept a salary for the position. Throughout the war, he showed remarkable skill by pulling together a rag-tag army and quickly whipping them into shape, partly with his notoriously short temper. Washington fought in many battles and never shied away from conflict. As Commander-in-chief, his bravery, intelligence and leadership helped bring about one of the most unlikely triumphs in the history of mankind. Within a month of the signing of the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War, Washington resigned from the military but he was later unanimously elected as the first President of the United States of America following the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.
Although it was clearly an enormous collective effort, George Washington may have been the most crucial figure in the founding of the United States of America. An entire U.S. state and the U.S. Capitol now bear his name as well as countless other locations across the country. He died peacefully with Martha by his side in 1799 and the entire world mourned. After his passing, legislation was presented to build a 100-foot tall mausoleum in his honor, Napoléon Bonaparte ordered ten days of mourning in France and even the British ordered all ships to lower their flags to half-mast. George and Martha Washington are now entombed at Mount Vernon.
From the Brewer: George Washington was known to have brewed Porter Beer throughout his life. One of his first acts as Commander of the Continental Army was to ensure every one of his troops would receive a quart of beer with his daily rations. Many of these camps were set up near Washington Township & Long Valley, NJ. “General George’s Porter” is our tribute to him & the Glorious Cause of the American Revolution! ABV 5.5%, IBU 40
Steve & Andrea Bussel - Owners, Mike Formisano - Head Brewer