Did Franklin Love Beer?


“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

This is the quote that has been used time and time again, whether it be printed on a t-shirt, a sign, or whatever other object a quote could fit on. For the people who know this quote, it is believed to be said by the one and only Benjamin Franklin. This makes people believe that Franklin loved beer and thought it was a gift from God himself. Is this true?

No. This quote  did not come from Benjamin Franklin. Instead, it is most likely derived from another quote which Franklin said about wine. Franklin instead stated “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” As it turns out, Franklin was more of a wine drinker rather than a beer one. Over time, the quote has been misused and mistaken for Franklin actually thanking God for beer, not wine. In conclusion, the famous quote is actually untrue, and a twisted version of the real quote about wine that did come from Franklin.

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Sources:

http://beer.about.com/od/historyofbeer/f/Did-Benjamin-Franklin-Really-Say-Beer-Is-Proof-That-God-Loves-Us-And-Wants-Us-To-Be-Happy.htm

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One thought on “Did Franklin Love Beer?”

  1. I found it quite humorous when I learned that Franklin was more of a wine drinker than a beer drinker. The thing that really confused me about this quote is that the inspiration for it seems to be drawn from a letter Franklin sent to his friend and an event where he happened to be drinking. Though, it could just be me. Overall I enjoyed your blog post and look forward to seeing what you write in the future.

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