Adorning the wall of one of the newest beer bars in the Valley is this quotation.
"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." - Ben FranklinIt's one of the most persistent myths in beer.
It's been heavily debunked for over 5 years and it simply refuses to go away. Ben Franklin never said it. He said something strikingly similar about wine in a 1779 letter to André Morellet:
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. (Source: Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003. p.374.)It's a bit wordy for a t-shirt and frankly you don't see very many oenophiles in t-shirts, so you can see where somewhere in the modern beer and t-shirt era this was creatively edited and it stuck.
|A documented Franklin beverage quote|
If you blog about it, leave us a comment. Maybe you have a guess to which Valley establishment I'm talking about.
Who knows. Perhaps your equally non-genuine quote will live on in t-shirt or mural form!