Hofstra University, located in Hempstead on New York's Long Island, will find itself the center of the political universe on Monday night as the host of the first presidential debate of 2016.
To celebrate one of the most anticipated presidential debates in recent memory, Long Island based beer maker Blue Point Brewing Company has turned to another moment of local history for inspiration. The company has created Colonial Ale, inspired by George Washington, who was both a beer lover and home brewer.
Colonial Ale will join Blue Point's flagship Toasted Lager and a other Blue Point products in being served in the hospitality room of the debate center at Hofstra, which is sponsored by its parent company, Anheuser-Busch InBev.
In 1790, after being elected the nation's first president a year earlier, Washington took a tour of Long Island, visiting Hart's Tavern—believed to have been located about five blocks from Blue Point's brewery in Patchogue. A plaque commemorating Washington's visit now marks the spot where Hart's Tavern is believed to have stood.
"We researched his life and found out his favorite beer was porter," said Dan Jansen, Blue Point Brewery Head Brewer. "He (also) had hand written his own beer recipe back in 1757, it's on record at the New York Public Library."