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Quotes About Beer & Drink

Everyone seems to love a beer quote. Beerwriters select their favorites for hook-boxes in journals; magazine editors use them as attention-getters. Often, these quotes have not been thoroughly researched for the exact source, and some may have been attributed without proper foundation. They may be taken out of context, and in so doing, lose some of their sarcastic edge, wit, or irony. Abraham Lincoln, for example, is famous for the quote:

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” (For a more complete discussion of this quote, see “Lincoln Facts – and Beer” )

One favorite of the beer community is attributed to Benjamin Franklin:

“Deus nobis cerevisiam dedit quia nos felices esse vult,” best translated as “God gave us beer because he wants us to be happy,” but you may see the more refined translation, “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

The quick-witted Franklin entertained the masses with these phrases of jest, often penned in Poor Richard’s Almanac under one of the many alias names he used while writing. Phrases about beer and drinking peppered his writings in abundance:

He was a man who enjoyed his friendships as much as he enjoyed his beer, and believed drink was meant to be shared: “He that drinks his Cyder alone, let him catch his horse alone.”

Without further delay, enjoy these popular quotes about beer and drink:

A few little poetic verses about beer:


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