It’s believed that “in colonial times, Americans probably drank more alcohol that in any other era.” Back in the 18th century, many people drank steadily throughout the day since beer was considered safer to drink than water. Well, that little history tibdit may be an inspiration for all the alcoholic drinks named for Alexander Hamilton - including the Alexander Hamilton Federalist Ale, the Federalist Zinfandel, and the Alexander Hamilton vodka.
With all the different types of spirits celebrating Alexander Hamilton, it only makes sense that the first ever segment of the “Drunk History” series (now a TV show) was about Alexander Hamilton - watch it here.
Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Ale
Made by Yards Brewing Company, the Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Ale is currently only offered at the City Tavern in Philadelphia. It is one of four beers served at the historic tavern (the others “Ales of the Revolution” are inspired by Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson).
The Federalist Wine
The roots of Zinfandel began to take hold in the United States just as the Federalists were establishing our nation’s independence. This Dry Creek Valley Federalist Zinfandel is an ode to this noble grape, and a celebration of its decidedly American origin. The robust fruit, bright berry fruit character and lively acidity speak to the distinct characteristics of these bold, strong vines that are inseparably intertwined with the history of the United States itself.
The Federalist’s vineyards are located in Sonoma County, California. Owned and managed by the Terlato Family, they have positioned the winery to produce single vineyard and estate wines with a focus on Zinfandel.
The Federalist’s packaging features the leader and most famous Federalist in American history,Alexander Hamilton. - Source
Alexander Hamilton Vodka
Hamilton Vodka is a new brand of small batch premium vodka produced by Old New York Spirits. Inspired by Founding Father and economist, Alexander Hamilton, it is a rare gem; handcrafted in New York from all-natural ingredients and distilled from 100% potatoes.
Commissioned to design the brand and packaging from the ground up, freelance designer Steven Bonner worked directly with the client to reflect its American heritage and took inspiration from a range of sources, not least Alexander Hamilton’s life and times as well as more stylised elements like some of the gravestones surrounding Hamilton’s resting place. A mix of classic and modern, the bottle is designed to appeal to a fashion conscious consumer who respects tradition and craft in a premium product. - Source
Looks like Groupon wasn’t the only group celebrating Alexander Hamilton during President’s Day:
The Oregon.gov website celebrated Presidents’ Day today by placing photos of three Americans featured on U.S. currency: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton.
A nice way to celebrate the holiday, except Alexander Hamilton was never a president.
Hamilton, credited with establishing the nation’s financial system, was Secretary of the Treasury and a Founding Father, but never served as president. - Source
And even though Alexander Hamilton was never a President, he did play a large role in shaping the executive branch. Last year, in a poll held by the National Constitution Center, Alexander Hamilton was voted as the “Best Cabinet Member of All Time.”
Read about the “President Madness” tournament that gave Alexander Hamilton the honored title.
The internet has been set a-buzz by a press release sent out about a President’s Day promotion by the company Groupon, claiming that Alexander Hamilton was a US President.
Here is part of the original press release:
CHICAGO, Feb 14, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Starting tomorrow, Groupon ( www.groupon.com ) (NASDAQ: GRPN) will be kicking off Presidents Day weekend by giving customers 10 dollars off 40 dollars when they purchase a deal for any local business. The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system.
Beginning Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9 am CST, shoppers will be able to redeem this offer by using the promo code “10OFF40LOCAL”, which isn’t very catchy, but neither was President Hamilton’s famous saying, “nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty.”
President Hamilton is best known for the fiscal sensibilities that led him to author economic policies, establish a national bank and control taxes. Customers can honor our money-minded commander-in-chief and find deals by searching Groupon.com for local deals all through President’s Day weekend.
The story has been covered on dozens of websites, including CNN, USA Today, and others on whether it was a mistake or a deliberate PR stunt.
It sounds like the release might be a marketing ploy designed to make its discount deal go viral. - Business Insider
And from The Daily Dot:
Of course the hilarious history mix-up is
probablydefinitely (see update below) too good to be true. Yes, it would be very, very funny if a major business failed to notice that Alexander Hamilton was never a president. Unfortunately the campaign is likely not a Groupon marketing gaffe, it’s just the latest in a long line of orchestrated oopsies that brands purposefully put out there to capture our attention.
Although Alexander Hamilton was never US President, the Groupon press release did get a few things right; as the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton did “establish the country’s financial system” and “author economic policies, establish a national bank and control taxes.” As all the US Presidents are celebrated this weekend, it’s fitting that someone who contributed greatly to George Washington’s president is also in the spotlight.
Alexander Hamilton’s signature is found in a copy of “The Rights of War and Peace” by Hugo Grotius that Bob Pattelli of La Salle picked up at a central Illinois auction a year ago.
Bob Pattelli was always interested in American history, especially related to the Founding Fathers and early presidents.
So when the La Salle resident came across a book with Alexander Hamilton’s signature in it at a central Illinois auction a year ago, he decided to buy it and research it.
The book had been signed by Hamilton in three places, Pattelli said, “but autograph seekers tore out two of them on me.”
The book, a 1738 edition of Hugo Grotius’ “The Rights of War and Peace” (1625) turned out to be more important than Pattelli first thought.
“It was advertised as a book signed by Hamilton,” Pattelli said. “Then I saw the writing in the margins, and that got me a little more interested.”
Pattelli immediately started researching the connection between Hamilton, the nation’s first secretary of the treasury who had practiced law, and Grotius, a jurist in what was then known as the Dutch Republic.
“I knew that Hamilton had based a lot of his work off of Grotius’ book,” Pattelli said. “I knew it was important, but once I started researching, I got a little more excited.”
Pattelli was able to match the handwritten notes in the book to Hamilton’s notes in the Rutgers v. Waddington case, which he was able to view online.
Rutgers v. Waddington introduced the concept of judicial review — the idea that judiciaries have the power to interpret the U.S. Constitution and to decide the constitutionality of legislation.
“It’s exciting to tie it all together,” Pattelli said.
Most of the research was done using photos Pattelli took of the pages with Hamilton’s handwriting. The actual book Pattelli had sent off to a book binding restoration service because it had a red cover from the 1900s placed on it, and he wanted to restore its original leather binding. The book was returned to him during the summer.
Pattelli wanted to share his discovery with others.
“I thought the book deserves to be shown to the public,” he said. “It’s not doing any good in my closet.”
He contacted the Florida-based Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society to tell them about the book and the research he had done.
“It really is a significant book,” said Nicole Scholet, media manager of the Florida-based Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society. “You can see (Hamilton’s) markings in the book that correspond with his legal briefs in precedent-setting cases.”
Pattelli said he had thought of lending the book to the Smithsonian Institution, but when the government shutdown happened in October, he abandoned that idea. The AHA Society recommended he send the book to the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street in New York, where the society holds events every year to remember Hamilton.
Pattelli’s book has been on loan to the museum since November, where it is on display in the Alexander Hamilton Room for a year.
“We believe that it belonged in Hamilton’s personal library,” said Becky Laughner, the museum’s director of exhibits and archives.
Visitors saw the book Jan. 10-11 during the AHA Society’s annual “Happy Birthday Hamilton” event, which was when Scholet saw it herself for the first time.
“At first, I was interested, but I didn’t realize the significance of it,” Scholet said about when Pattelli had first contacted her. But when she saw it, she was impressed. “Bob has done the work to find his writings in the court cases that set extreme precedents for New York law.”
Scholet is building a website about the book to tell its story, which is not over yet.
“I’m still researching it to this day,” Pattelli said. “I’d like to find out who owned that book, from me to when it was first printed.”
The book’s historical value is more important to him than its material value.
“I’m not selling it,” Pattelli said, declining to say how much he paid for it. “It really needs to be where people can see; it’s a part of history.”
Pattelli said that day in February 2013 was the only day he went to that auction, and he just happened to see the book when he checked the listings.
“It was like I just found it by accident,” he said. “I consider it like a small-town treasure … It’s pretty neat to find something like that in Illinois.”
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The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon honors the close partnership between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton with the strategic placement of six busts of our Founding Fathers.
Photo Credit: GeorgeWashingtonWired.org
Enter the Karen Buchwald Wright Reading Room, at the heart of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, and you will be welcomed by busts of George Washington and five of his compatriots, custom-created by StudioEIS for Mount Vernon. Alongside George Washington are his colleagues, and sometimes rivals, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Each man is depicted as he appeared in the mid-1780s, a pivotal time in the establishment of the new republic.
By design, Hamilton is placed directly next to Washington as a testament to their close relationship, while Franklin, the eldest of the six men, is placed on the left end as if to watch over his younger compatriots. George Washington is purposefully not a spotlight figure, but instead placed among his peers, and tilting his head toward the entrance of the Library to welcome scholars into the space.
To read the full article, visit georgewashingtonwired.org
The Plymouth, Wis.-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery of the Wisconsin Army National Guard — also known as the Bravo Barracudas — received the 2013 [Alexander Hamilton] Award during a Wednesday night ceremony at the National Guard Professional Education Center in North Little Rock, Ark.
The Alexander Hamilton Award recognizes the year’s outstanding National Guard field artillery battery for superb mission accomplishment and overall unit excellence.
The Alexander Hamilton Award, established in 2002, is named after American statesman and skilled Continental Army artilleryman Alexander Hamilton. His battery was the first to fire at the British on July 12, 1776, and supported Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army in numerous engagements. Washington made Hamilton his aide-de-camp in March 1777 before allowing Hamilton to command a corps of light infantry during the last assault at the Siege of Yorktown. Following the Revolutionary War, Hamilton helped frame the U.S. Constitution and served as the nation’s first treasury secretary.
The events of Happy Birthday Hamilton! to commemorate the 257th birthday of Alexander Hamilton were spotlighted in the media, particularly in the Caribbean where Alexander Hamilton was born in 1757. Below are excerpts from some of the news coverage on Hamilton’s birthday celebrations.
"Alexander Hamilton’s memorial gets a reboot" - CNBC.com
More than two centuries after Alexander Hamilton died from injuries sustained in a duel with the vice president of the United States, his grave site at the end of Wall Street has been repaired and will be rededicated Friday, a day ahead of his birthday.
The 1804 New Jersey duel with Aaron Burr remains a popular trivia question, but it’s hard to trivialize Hamilton’s role as a Founding Father.
"He created the financial system as we know it," said David Cowen, the president of the Museum of American Finance. “He’s like a genius who was so far ahead of his time.”
"Nevis Premier Heads to New York For Alexander Hamilton Celebration" - Caribbean Journal
Nevis Premier Vance Amory is heading to New York this week to take part in the annual celebration of the birthday of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who was born in Nevis.
The celebration kicks off on Friday in lower Manhattan with a ceremony at Bowling Green, where a flag of St Kitts and Nevis will be raised, with Amory leading the ceremony.
The Nevis Island Assembly holds its legislative meetings in the second floor of the Hamilton home.
“We are so honoured that the Premier is coming all the way up from Nevis to celebrate Alexander Hamilton’s birthday in New York City. His presence is a very special and symbolic connection of the important tie Nevis and New York City shares,” said Rand Scholet, President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, which hosts the Happy Birthday Hamilton programme.
"Nevisians urged to remember the accomplishments of Nevis born, US statesman Alexander Hamilton” - SKNVibes.com
Every Nevisian should know that in Hamilton they have a Nevisian who defied all odds and who transcended poverty and social prejudice. That was the view expressed by Acting Premier of Nevis and Minister of Culture Hon. Mark Brantley when he delivered remarks at the Happy Birthday Alexander Hamilton Nevis…
The event which was hosted by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) on January 10, 2014, was held on the grounds of the birth place of Alexander Hamilton who was born in Nevis more than 200 years ago. At the same time a similar ceremony was taking place in New York and was attended by Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory. Both events were connected via the Internet.“The life of Hamilton, for me, is irrefutable evidence of the oft-stated truism that it matters little where we are from or the circumstances into which we are born. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he is from but where he is headed.
"Four Nevisian students receive 2014 Alexander Hamilton Scholarships" - VonRadio.com
The students were presented with the awards during the Alexander Hamilton Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony and Tea Party held on the grounds of the Museum of Nevis in Charlestown on Friday…
There was also a live video link between Nevis and the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street in New York where a ceremony was also held in honour of Mr. Hamilton.
"Premier of Nevis to visit New York City for Alexander Hamilton events" - South Florida Caribbean News
The Honourable Vance Amroy, Premier of the Island of Nevis, is visiting New York City for the annual Happy Birthday Hamilton! program held on January 10th and 11th to celebrate the birthday of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Alexander Hamilton was born on Nevis on January 11, 1757 and grew up in the Caribbean before emigrating north and adopting New York City as his home. The events of Happy Birthday Hamilton! take place in both locations.
CNBC.com just published an article about the AHA Society events happening in New York City and Nevis on January 10th and 11th. Read it here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101324405
Follow the play by play of events with live tweeting from @theahasociety on Twitter.
Watch the rededication ceremony of Alexander Hamilton’s grave beginning at around 12:45 EST here: http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/webcasts