Businessweek reports that Starr Hill's master brewer Mark Thompson will brew the ale using lightly hopped wheat and corn, as was done back in Jefferson's day. The beer will feature local ingredients including some hops grown at Monticello. Wheat-style beer is generally lighter, often with a bit of a lemony taste.
The Monticello blog says that Jefferson wrote in 1821 that he had "no receipt for brewing," doubting "if the operations of malting and brewing could be successfully performed from a receipt." His brews varied on the grains available. The Monticello Reserve Ale will be sold in 750ml bottles and served on tap at local restaurants. It all begins with a Presidents' Day Tasting on Monday, February 21, starting at 12:15 p.m. with the tapping of the first keg.