Enjoy a beer with Jefferson’s ghost
Trejbal is a Roanoke Times editorial writer based in the New River Valley.
One of my friends in college, Michael, was a telecommunications major, but he lived in our hallway full of history majors.
One weekend night, we were all drinking, as college students are wont to do, and we history majors got to talking about our Renaissance class. Suddenly, Michael burst into the room and declared, “I am a Renaissance man! I like beer and mixed drinks.”
That, at least, he shared in common with Thomas Jefferson. That great Virginian had diverse passions that made him a Renaissance man in so many other ways, but I suspect he and Michael would have enjoyed sharing a few drinks.
Jefferson’s dinner table featured several alcoholic beverages, many of them produced at Monticello. Hard cider, wine and beer were especially popular.