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Hops

Thomas Jefferson grew hops at Monticello for brewing, and also purchased them in fairly large quantities from others. The Memorandum Books record a handful of purchases by both Jefferson and his wife in the early 1770s, mostly from local slaves [1]. These were most likely used for brewing batches of "small beer." Jefferson also mentions hops in Notes on the State of Virginia, in Query VI, in a list of native esculent plants: "Wild hop - humulus lupulus" [2]. Regarding his own culture of the plant, Jefferson first lists hops in his "Objects for the garden" in 1794 [3]. In 1812, Jefferson began brewing [[Beer|beer]] at Monticello on a large scale, and that same year he lists hops in his garden calendar; [4] they also appear on his "agenda" for 1813 [5]. Despite this, Jefferson continued to record purchases of hops from various other sources until 1820 [6].

Footnotes

1. Bear, James A. Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds. Jefferson's Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997.

2. Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, 39.

3. .Jefferson, Garden Book, 28.

4. Jefferson, Garden Book, 48.

5. Jefferson, Garden Book, 53.

6. Bear, James A. Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds. Jefferson's Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767-1826. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997.

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