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1830s beer recipe rediscovered, Benson's Strong Ale

Dec 03, 2015

In the 1830s, a man named Thomas Benson sat down and recorded in his notebook a recipe for a beer flavoured with cinnamon, licorice root and cayenne pepper. Almost 200 years later, an archivist discovered this handwritten beer recipe in records kept by the Archives of Ontario. Being a homebrewer himself, the archivist copied down the recipe and brewed up a batch. Liking what he tasted, he contacted Black Creek Historic Brewery located at Black Creek Pioneer Village, just down the street from the Archives of Ontario.

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Thomas Benson's Notebook

Thomas Benson's Notebook

Credit: Thomas Benson Senior - notebook, 1827-1837, Business and legal records of Thomas Benson, F 507-3, B225496, Archives of Ontario

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