From a press release:

Right Proper Brewing Company, The Bruery Store, and Lost Lagers have collaborated to brew a pale lager that hasn’t existed for 78 years. The recipe came from the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Amsterdam Lager was originally brewed in Amsterdam, New York, by the Amsterdam Brewing Company between 1933 and 1940. On 8/20 it is reborn as “Amsterdam, 1940.” The beer is as balanced and crushable as its story is fascinating. It is believed to be the only beer with this recipe crafted in the 21ST Century – a lager with New York, Oregon, and Bavarian hops. The combination of Amsterdam, 1940’s ingredients and processes cannot be found anywhere in the DC brewing scene and likely nowhere else in the world. Before prohibition, New York state was the largest hop grower in America. This beer, originally brewed in upstate New York, had been confined to the page, until now.

Amsterdam, 1940 will be released on Monday 8/20 during DC Beer Week at the Right Proper Shaw Brewpub, 624 T Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.The event will feature a panel with Katharine Mead Food and Agriculture Program Manager at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History author and historian Garrett Peck, beer and brewing historians Michael Stein and Peter Jones. The evening will also highlight historic recipes from the Museum’s Archives Center. A delicious historic dish selected from the Museum’s Archive Center by food historians will be served alongside the delectable pre-war lager. Tickets for the release event, A Beer and a Bite Back for One Night, can be found at

Michael Stein, president of Lost Lagers, organized the collaborative effort. California barley and Oregon hops were provided by The Bruery representative and DC Area Manager Ethen Adams. Right Proper's Lead Brewer Bobby Bump utilized New York Cluster and imported Bavarian hops, as well as Bohemian lager yeast. All ingredients were available to brewers before 1940, the last year the historic lager was produced.