Today, no one argues that bread is a fundamental foundation of the human diet and always has been. Conventional archeology suggests that humans have been consuming forms of this grain-based dietary staple for nearly 30,000 years, and the overwhelming NEED for it drove humanity’s conversion from a hunter-gatherer society to an agrarian one. That conversion, obviously, was the basis for the higher functions of a civilized society, such as economic and trade development, the written language, beer – in essence, society itself. However, new evidence, contrary to mainstream archeological and historical belief, suggests that beer was in fact the first grain-based staple enjoyed by mankind, not bread. It is called the “Beer Before Bread” Theory. Declaration’s Founding Fathers believe this theory, after all, how could one leaven bread without concentrated yeast, the type of concentration that only comes from fermentation of beer?
This fundamental curiosity led Declaration’s founders to the discovery of a little-known character from the 18th Century named Yeissac Brewton. From the little known, his life was devoted almost completely to beer, developing its inherent science, benefits and flavor while protecting this ancient beverage from misuse. Our founders’ discovery of Brewton only deepened their need to know the virtually infinite history of beer and motivated them to open Declaration Brewing, to better understand the grasp that beer has forged over our evolution. Brewton is a tantalizing character in history and it is clear there is still much to learn from him.
The fact is, many of the fine malt beverages brewed and served by Declaration are derivatives of recipes that Brewton left to be recovered, (our Founder Father’s simply got there first). A few recipes even came in context, in some cases connected to a historical figure with a personal history that Brewton seemed to find significant. Our Signature Series are these recovered recipes, updated for modern methods and packaged to reflect the character each represents. Visit our “Beers” page to see these cans and learn more about these individuals and why they were important to Brewton and now to Declaration and all those that enjoy our beer.