Prompted by a rare discovery, a brewery in Oxford has launched a new porter-style beer in honor of the first president of Penn State, writes Kevin Horne for Onward State.
Bog Turtle Brewery is located in what used to be the municipal offices of the Oxford Sewer Authority, a location that led to the genesis of the brew.
In one of the closets there, the brewers discovered a historical marker for Evan Pugh, an agricultural chemist from the mid-1800s who was responsible for securing Penn State’s designation as a land-grant institution under the Morrill Land Grant Act.
The finding prompted the company to name its seventh beer after this historic figure. Known for championing higher education almost two centuries ago, Pugh now has his own beer, a light-bodied porter that Bog Turtle began offering in November.
While only available in growlers, glass jugs that can be filled with beer to take home, the year-old brewery is already seeing a lot of local interest in its new offering.
The new beer is not the only reminder of Pugh, though. Just three miles away is his old homestead on Media Road, which is still home to his descendants.
Read more about the new beer from Onward State here.