Civil War Beer – The Sesquicentennial Series

Sesquicentennial Series- Civil War Medicine Museum

History – Drink It In!





The Sesquicentennial Series of Beers is a joint project between the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Monocacy Bottling Company.  The limited edition series of beers were inspired by actual Civil War recipes researched and gathered by the NMCWM Research Department and staff.  The recipes were provided to master brewer Tom Flores and his staff from Brewer’s Alley Brewery.  The result are truly unique and tasty beers.

Antietam Ale – Release date September 15, 2012

Proclamation Porter –Release date 12:01 am – January 1, 2013

First Draught – Release date March 5th at Brewer’s Alley from 4:00 to 6:00pm for the First Taste!

Gettysburg Wheat – Coming July 2013

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is proud to bring you this authentic Civil War experience.  Drinking beer is something all of our ancestors did.  It was often safer to drink than the local water sources. 


Antietam Ale

Antietam Ale was the first release;  going on tap at Brewer’s Alley on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam – September 15, 2012.  A few weeks later 150 or so cases were bottled.  All were sold out within weeks – making it the fastest selling beer in Brewer’s Alley history.


Antietam Ale- Civil War Medicine Museum

Release September 15, 2012

Key Flavor Descriptors -  a classic English Bitter – fitting because the Battle caused England to abandon its plan for mediation between the North and South.  Unlike unwelcome mediation, this ale is well balanced.  It is ruby red in color and has a light hop and malty aroma.

In The News: Civil War Beer Taps into History


Proclamation Porter

Proclamation Porter Beer- Civil War Medicine Museum

Release January 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

Proclamation Porter is the second beer in the series.  In commemoration of the Emancipation Proclamation which freed more than 4 million Americans.  Join us at Brewer’s Alley for the first tap at 12:01 am January 1, 2013.  At 4:00pm January 8 join us for Proclamation Porter Happy Hour from 4:00 to 6:00pm.   Executive Director George Wunderich will read the Emancipation Proclamation and discuss this history making event.  Brewmaster Tom Flores will be there to talk about the beer and it’s historic flavor. Emancipate your taste buds!  Proclamation Porter is our homage to a classic English robust porter. It is a deep ruby colored beer with a desirable level of warmth and balance.  Honest Abe would have noticed the overall flavor of smooth malty and coffee-like notes, with a little bit of a fruity aroma. The mouthfeel is full bodied and the overall finish is slightly dry, without any overbearing sweetness. There is an obvious hop bitterness as well.  This beer will free your taste buds as Lincoln freed a nation!

 In the News - Proclamation Porter Beer Released

Key Flavor Descriptors:

  • Full bodied/rich mouthfeel/thick texture
  • Malty flavor
  • Roasted & caramel malts
  • Slight alcohol warmth
  • Slightly dry finish
  • Fruity aroma
  • Burnt malt and roasted coffee taste
  • Assertive hop bitterness
  • Deep ruby color



First Draught 

First Draught Beer Label- Civil War Medicine Museum

Release March 3, 2013


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