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Five Little-Known Facts About Beer and Religion


You might not know it, but beer and religion have a LONG history together.  Here are five things you probably didn't know about religion and beer.
 
1.  Beer brewing goes back at least to the ancient Sumerians, who recorded a recipe for beer on a clay tablet that's almost 4,000 years old.  This would be at least a few centuries before the time of Moses.
 
2.  Back in the 1700s, the Paulaner monks of Germany brewed their own beer to help them get through a 40-day fast during Lent.  They called it Doppelbock, and it's still around today.  It was so heavy and malty that they could live on it for the whole fast.
 
3.  People think Benjamin Franklin was a beer lover because of his saying, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."  But it's actually a misquote.  It goes back to a saying of Franklin's that was originally about WINE.
 
4.  Arthur Guinness was a devout Christian, and he created Guinness because he wanted to keep people from getting drunk on hard liquor.
 
5.  The Greenbelt Festival in London is a Christian music and arts festival, and they have a tent where people go to drink beer while they sing traditional hymns. (NPR.org)
 

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