One of George Washington's first acts as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army was to proclaim that every one of his troops would receive a quart of beer with his daily rations.
            As the war progressed, however, supplies of beer dwindled and an increasingly irate Washington had to do battle with another opponent—the Continental Congress—to have his troops' rations restored.
            Perhaps Washington's interest in beer had something to do with the fact that he was an excellent brewmaster himself. The father of our country maintained a private brewery at Mount Vernon. And his hand-written recipe for beer—said by his peers to be superb—is still on display at the New York Public Library.
            Nor was George Washington the only founding father with a passion for beer. Patrick Henry, Samuel Adams and James Madison eagerly promoted America's fledgling brewing industry. And Thomas Jefferson was said to have composed the first draft of the Declaration of Independence over a cold draft at the India Queen tavern in Philadelphia.
            These great men would no doubt be pleased that the enjoyment of beer remains a tradition to this day. And Anheuser-Busch is proud to have been an important part of that tradition since 1852.
            Our goal has always been to brew the finest beers in the world. That's why we use only the best and most costly ingredients available and why we age our beers slowly and carefully. The result is the consistent brilliance, clarity and full flavor that every brand bearing the name
Anheuser-Busch is famous for.
            We hope you find an occasion to enjoy our beer in the very near future. And when you do, we suggest you gather your friends and drink a toast to George Washington. The man who was first in war, first in peace and almost certainly first in the esteem of his thirsty troops.