By Paul Kurtz
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new show premieres tonight on the new Esquire Network that features two Scottish brewers on a mission to turn one million Americans into hardcore craft beer converts.
And Philadelphia is one of seven cities they visited.
James Watt (at right in photo) and Martin Dickie (center) started drinking beer at the age of 12 and brewed their first batch at 15.
Now 31, they own the fastest-growing brewery in the UK.
During their coast-to-coast journey across the US, Watt and Dickie stopped in Philadelphia to be filmed creating what they call “the most American beer” ever brewed.
“It was a colonial style beer, so there was ground corn and blackstrap molasses,” they explain in their thick Scottish brogues.
And their brew contained a very special and bizarre infusion: 320 million copies of the Declaration of Independence.
“We worked with a scientist from Penn State who encoded the Declaration of Independence onto DNA, and then we added these DNA molecules 320 million times to the beer.”
Working with Victory Brewing co-owner Bill Covaleski (left) on the Fourth of July, they created what they call Declaration Nation Ale.
“We brewed it in a parade on a float. James was dressed up as the American flag. We brewed it with our home brew kit that we took on every show, so it makes around 15 gallons of beer.”
Hear the expanded interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 5:55)…