Benjamin Franklin and Beer

The quote “Beer is proof that God loves us” has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin for many years. All over the internet one can find posters, shirts, cups, with the quote printed, giving Franklin credit for those words.

Upon further examination, it is apparent that Franklin never said these exact words, although something vaguely similar. In an undated letter to Abbe Morellet, Franklin said “We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana, as of a miracle.  But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes.  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!”

It is easy to see how these words could be manipulated into Franklin implying that beer is proof of God’s love for us. Although, it seems from the above quote that he was actually referring to wine and the process of making wine. It is not surprising that breweries and beer sellers alike would take these words and twist them to mean beer specifically, and then put Franklin’s “stamp of approval” on it before selling merchandise with his name and words all over it.

 

 

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