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

There is a saying among beer lovers–“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”–which many believe was said by Benjamin Franklin; however, they would be mistaken.

Although a fan of beer, Franklin preferred to find love and happiness in wine. A letter to a French friend of his is where the common misconception originated. In 1779, Franklin wrote to André Morellet:

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!

So alas, the proof and truth is in the wine, not beer.


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