On September 15, 1787, George Washington had many reasons to celebrate. A few months earlier, in May, he was elected president at the Constitutional Convention. The United States Constitution had just been finalized and debates were finally settling as the momentous document cruised towards its eventual signing, just two days later. This night was also the farewell dinner for Washington before he set off to do bigger and better things.
George Washington and his Army buddies celebrated by drinking enough booze to rack up a tab worth roughly $20,013 in today’s currency.
George Washington’s Bar Tab:
54 bottles of Madeira
60 bottles of claret
22 bottles of porter
12 bottles of beer
8 bottles of hard cider
8 bottles of Old Stock (a.k.a. colonial whiskey)
7 large bowls of spiked punch
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