It is a common saying that many people know: “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” While many followers of this quote may stick to its meaning, there is some misconception behind the actual person who stated these words. It is in fact proven that Benjamin Franklin did not state these words; no link has ever associated the two together.
While his statement on beer was not true, a similar saying has been found to be directly quoted from Franklin. Franklin, in a 1779 letter to a friend, wrote:
Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy!
In this, one can see that Franklin was more of a wine drinker, and the message reflected the fake quote about beer. Overall, one can see that throughout history, a simple message can be morphed over time into a less-than-accurate representation of a person’s beliefs. Because Franklin looks like more of a wine drinker, we can safely associate beer to a fellow Founding Father: Sam Adams.