Local ale returns to Jefferson’s Monticello

The Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center in Monticello is teaming with a Virginia brewery to produce Monticello Reserve Ale.

Nearby Starr Hill Brewery will brew the beer. The partners say the recipe, which will include wheat and corn, is based on what was consumed regularly at Jefferson’s Monticello home. Brewing beer was among the plantation’s important activities, and the beer was one of the “table liquors” served with meals.

The ale will make its public debut at the center’s museum shop on Feb. 21.