Civil War beer returns to market

Monocracy Brewing Company in Frederick, Md. bottled its first batch of beer from a Civil War-era recipe in late September, and Antietam Ale is now ready for distribution.


Confederate infantry re-enactors eat supper at their camp during an event to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam September 15, 2012 in Sharpsburg, Maryland. (Alex Wong/GETTY IMAGES)

Eventually nine beers will be available to commemorate the sesquicentennial.

According to a story by Ike Wilson in the Frederick News Post, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine did the research and came up with a variety of historic recipes.

The label says, in part, “It is fitting for Antietam Ale to be a classic English bitter. The battle caused England to abandon its plan for mediation between the North and the South. As opposed to unwelcome mediation, this ale is well balanced and has a light hop and malty aroma. Ruby red in color and true to Civil War beers, it is lower in alcohol so more can be enjoyed.”

The beer has yet to reach retail stores so the price to the public was not available. However, it is available on tap at Brewer’s Alley in Frederick.

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