The beer itself
Plucky Rooster Ale was developed by Legend’s Bistro head brewmaster, Jason Stoyanoff, who created the recipe by researching types of beers brewed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in the late 18th and early 19th century.
Stoyanoff explained brewers did not only use barley, which makes up the majority of beer recipes today, but other sugar sources such as wheat, rye and molasses. Filtration was nonexistent at the time, so this brew is also unfiltered.
“Plucky Rooster Ale is a contemporary nod to brews made 200 years ago by our forefathers,” said Stoyanoff, who used American hops, English rye, Canadian barley and molasses to create his burly pale ale with sweet toffee notes and a great hop aroma, flavor and balance.
“Having Plucky Rooster Ale is a fantastic way to get visitors excited about our rich history and a nice way to introduce visitors to the War of 1812 Bicentennial that we will be commemorating from 2012-2014,” said Kennedy.
The beer will now be available at Legend’s Bistro.
The results are in.
The Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau and Legend’s Bistro have announced the winning name from their “Name that 1812 Beer” contest.
The new 1812 ale has been named “Plucky Rooster Ale,” submitted by five different people Russell Jones, Howard Lowe, Bill Duffany, and Ed and April Quackenbush, all of Plattsburgh. The contest had more than 250 name entries.
The name was chosen for its relevance to the Battle of Plattsburgh and the legend that surrounds the rooster on Commander Thomas Macdonough’s ship.
Kristy Kennedy, group marketing specialist with the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, said each of the entries was “very creative and really showed how passionate people are about our local history.”
“We saw names that reflected Macdonough and his crew, ship names and some referenced the type of beer itself,” said Kennedy, adding she learned “a lot about the history through the names submitted.” “Ultimately, Plucky Rooster was chosen, because it was a unique story to the Battle of Plattsburgh and we knew visitors would find it to be a very memorable story.”
The “Legend of the Plucky Rooster,” as it has been dubbed, states that on the morning of Sept. 11, 1814, the British fleet sailed around Cumberland Head and into the bay where Macdonough’s fleet was waiting. As the English squadron stood bravely, Macdonough knelt for a moment with his officers on the quarter-deck in perfect silence, the men were waiting for the opening fight. The American ship spoke first with its cannons but to no effect, the shot fell short. Then, the British ship fired against the American ship its shot also fell short, except for one that struck the coop containing a gamecock that happened to be aboard. Instead of being frightened at his sudden release, the rooster jumped up on a gun-slide, clapped his wings and crowed. The men laughed and cheered; immediately afterward Macdonough himself fired the first shot. The 24-pound ball struck the British ship and ranged the length of her deck, killing and wounding several men. All the American long guns now opened and were replied to by the British galleys. The crew took the rooster’s fighting spirit as a sign of good fortune and they were right. Macdonough’s crew won the battle and put an end to the war.
Today, the U.S. Navy continues to have the rooster as a mascot on the U.S.S. Saratoga aircraft carrier.