McCoy’s Choice

Isabella McCoy’s Choice (5.3 abv) is a robust porter named for a robust woman. Isabella and her husband Charles settled near here in the 1700s. In 1747, Isabella was captured by native Americans, brought to Canada, and sold as a slave to a French family. At the end of the French and Indian war, she was given the choice to return home. It wasn’t an easy choice. Charles McCoy was a vile brute, and Isabella made it clear (and history would record) that she only chose to return for the sake of her children. That was Isabella McCoy’s Choice. We raise a glass to her fortitude.

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Matthew Byrne