Getting in the Alexander Hamilton "Spirits"

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


Officer’s small sword with leather scabbard  
Continental Europe

Small swords – so called because of their diminutive and dainty appearance when compared to other war sabers of the time - were the primary type employed by Patriot officers during the American Revolution.  Although overall this piece fits within the standard style most mid-18th century small swords, this particular piece is outfitted with a few upgrades likely ordered by its owner, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. Unlike the many other inexpensively made small swords of the era, Pinckney’s is adorned with an ivory handle wrapped in a gold wire. Furthermore, there is evidence of silver plating on the brass hilt. Despite its lighter weight and elegant appearance, small swords were durable and sturdy; the concave triangular blade was far stronger than the average flat blade.

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, a prominent Charleston attorney, was a member of several revolutionary committees but favored resolving differences with Britain until separation appeared inevitable.  A Continental militia officer during the Revolutionary War, he saw action in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida; served as an aide to George Washington; and commanded Fort Moultrie during the Siege of Charleston. He later resumed his legal and political career, served as a minister to France in 1796 and was the Federalist candidate for President in 1808. Click to view Pinckney’s silk diplomatic uniform jacket and his silver gorget.

Weaponry Wednesday: Each Wednesday we post an object (or group of objects) from the Charleston Museum’s diverse weapons collection. Many Weaponry Wednesday items may be on permanent exhibit in our armory or elsewhere in the museum, but some pieces rarely see exhibition, temporary or permanent, but are well worth sharing.  We hope you enjoy our selection each week – do let us know if there’s something in particular you’d like to see on WEAPONRY WEDNESDAY! Also, we always want to learn more about our collection - if you have some insights on a piece, please feel free to share!  #WeaponryWednes

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Men often oppose a thing, merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. But if they had been consulted, and have happened to disapprove, opposition then becomes, in their estimation, an indispensable duty of self-love. They seem to think themselves bound in honor, and by all the motives of personal infallibility, to defeat the success of what has been resolved upon contrary to their sentiments. Men of upright, benevolent tempers have too many opportunities of remarking, with horror, to what desperate lengths this disposition is sometimes carried, and how often the great interests of society are sacrificed to the vanity, to the conceit, and to the obstinacy of individuals, who have credit to make their passions and their caprices interesting to mankind.
—  Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 70
It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost at once–slavery has so frightful aspect to men accustomed to freedom, that it must steal upon them by degrees, and disguise itself in a thousand shapes in order to be received.
—  ‘Civis Rusticus,’ quoting David Hume in reply to Geo. Mason’s Objections [to the proposed Constitution], Virginia Independent Chronicle, Jan. 30, 1788, in The Debate on the Constitution, ed. by Bernard Bailyn, p. 360
It is evident from the state of the country, from the habits of the people, from the experience we have had on the point itself, that it is impracticable to raise any very considerable sums by direct taxation. Tax laws have in vain been multiplied; new methods to enforce the collection have in vain been tried; the public expectation has been uniformly disappointed, and the treasuries of the States have remained empty.
—  Alexander Hamilton in Federalist Paper No. 12