A centennial celebration of epic proportions is fast approaching. In fact, 2026 is a year with two major celebrations. Iconic Route 66 turns 100 that year. And that is also the United States semiquincentennial celebrating 250 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. And Mudshark Brewery and Public House in vibrant Lake Havasu City, Arizona is already making plans.

Yes, we know that Lake Havasu City is not located on legendary Route 66. But from the highways inception people enhanced their adventures on this storied highway with detours to places such as the Grand Canyon or Sedona. In the era of Route 66 renaissance the London Bridge has become one of those detours for the Route 66 traveler.

Last year we made our first foray into celebrating Route 66 as the Main Street of America. Our award winning Buzz Honey Lager was brewed using honey from locations on Route 66. And the brew is sold at various locations along Route 66 including West Side Lilos and the Black Cat Lounge in Seligman, Arizona.

But for the centennial we plan to really celebrate in style. So, we are researching classic brews, and looking into what beers were popular during the glory days of Route 66.

And we are taking this a step further. We are working with author, historian and author Jim Hinckley of Jim HInckley’s America on this project. Billed as America’s storyteller, Hinckley is the author of more than twenty books including The Route 66 Encyclopedia, The Illustrated Route 66 Historical Atlas, Backroads of Arizona, Ghost Towns of the Southwest, and Murder and Mayhem on The Main Street of America: Tales From Bloody 66. Hinckley has also made presentations about Route 66 at events thorughout the Unitd States and in Europe.

Over the course of the next few months we will be introducing a variety of new brews. This will be a part of our search for a beer worthy a centennial celebration of epic proportions.

And for the United States semiquincentennial we will have to come up with something very special. So, we are looking into the presidential history of beers for some inspiration.

This research has turned up some surprising history. Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, signed legislation that legalized homebrewing for personal or family use. This was a catalyst for the growth of the modern craft beer movement in America.

Thomas Jefferson is well known among historians for his love of fine wines. But he was also invested in the craft of brewing. After leaving office, he built a personal brewhouse at Monticello, his Virginia estate. This is where he experimented with different recipes and techniques for brewing beers and ales.

Long before leading the colonial armies during the American Revolution, George Washington experimented with the brewing of beer. After his presidency, Washington retired to Mount Vernon. There he continued to brew beer and try new recipes.

So, stay tuned as we work on development of brews worty such momentous celebration. Meanwhile, bring your friends, and enjoy an evening of celebration and good food at Mudhark Brewery and Public House in Lake Havasu City.