The story

John Cogburn, 1834 – 1911 CE

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Known after the American Civil War as “The Hero of Fort Stedman,” Cogburn, was recognized by his fellow soldiers simply as “Hardtack” for making this staple ration somewhat edible. When the Fort was briefly overrun by Gen. John Gordon during the Siege of Petersburg, “Hardtack,” the company cook, picked up his tools of his trade and sliced his way to the armory. There he remained, defending the cache until Gen. Parke’s IX Corps reinforcements retook the fort shortly after in a rapid counteroffensive. Having single handedly prevented Confederate forces from gaining a foothold in the fort, Hardtack “enjoyed” the remainder of the war in relative peace as a hero and celebrity. In 1868, using his hard won fame, “Hardtack” opened one of the post-war boom breweries that remained active in the industry until prohibition in 1920.


Appearance: copper colored, white head
Aroma: Roasted barley, toast, a hint of chocolate and nut
Flavor: Bready, slight roast character, hints of chocolate, nut and caramel
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and crisp
Overall: Phenomenal!


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