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Say, for what were hop-yards meant,
Or why was Burton built on Trent?
Oh many a peer of England brews
Livelier liquor than the Muse,
And malt does more than Milton can
To justify God’s ways to man.
Ale, man, ale’s the stuff to drink
For fellows whom it hurts to think. A E Housman, A Shropshire Lad
Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale. A E Housman
Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer. W C Fields
Space is jam-packed with some very weird things. The universe is full of objects and all sorts of mysterious phenomena that we still don’t fully understand. Strange as it may seem astronomers have discovered inter-stellar clouds actually filled with the same kind of alcohol that is found in beer. The Universe s3e10: Strangest Things, History 2009
Gissa swig. The Public Enemy 1931 starring James Cagney & Jean Harlow & Edward Woods & Joan Blondell & Donald Cook & Leslie Fenton & Beryl Mercer & Robert Emmett O’Connor et al, director William A Wellman, opening scene – little boy swigs from bucket of beer
So beer ain’t good enough for ya? ibid. Tommy
The next drink I have’s gonna be a lager – ice cold; there’s a little bar in Alex with a marble top counter and high stools. They serve the best beer in the whole of the Middle East. When we get through with this, I’ll buy you one. Ice Cold in Alex 1957 starring John Mills & Sylvia Syms & Anthony Quayle & Harry Andrews & Diane Clare & Richard Leech & Liam Redmond & Peter Arne et al, director J Lee Thompson
There’s more people selling beer in Preston than any other item. Ian Hislop’s Age of the Do-Gooders III: Sinful Sex and Demon Drink, BBC 2010
Two beers. One for me. One for my mate. Crocodile Dundee 1986 starring Paul Hogan & Linda Kozlowski & Mark Blum & David Gulpilil & Michael Lombard & John Meillon & Alan Dunlea & Terry Gill & Steve Rackman & Gerry Skilton et al, director Peter Faiman
Cheers. Let’s hear it for the beer. All hail to the ale. Al Murray: The Pub Landlord: My Gaff, My Rules, London’s Playhouse Theatre
Rules is rules. It’s pint for the fellah, glass of white wine, fruit-based drink for the lady. Those are the rules. If we didn’t have rules then where would we be? That’s right. France. ibid.
Man cannot live by beer alone. No no no. He needs crisps and nuts, and maybe a lovely bag of scratchings. ibid.
I have fed purely upon ale; I have eat my ale,
I drank my ale, and I always sleetp upon ale. George Farquhar, The Beaux’ Stratagem
Flow Welsted, flow! like thine inspirer, Beer,
Tho’ stale, not ripe; tho’ thin, yet never clear;
So sweetly marish, and so smoothly dull;
Heady, not strong; o’erflowing tho’ not full. Alexander Pope, The Dunciad 1742
Dear Mother, dear Mother, the Church is cold,
But the Ale-house is healthy & pleasant & warm;
Besides I can tell where I am used well,
Such usage in heaven will never do well.
But if at the Church they would give us some Ale,
And a pleasant fire our souls to regale,
We'd sing and we'd pray all the live-long day,
Nor ever once wish from the Church to stray.
Then the Parson might preach, & drink, & sing,
And we'd be as happy as birds in the spring;
And modest dame Lurch, who is always at Church,
Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birds.
And God, like a father rejoicing to see
His children as pleasant and happy as he,
Would have no more quarrel with the Devil or the Barrel,
But kiss him, & give him both drink and apparel. William Blake, The Little Vagabond
Clowns and vulgar men drink beer or ale, but gentlemen carouse only in wine. Fynes Moryson
Britain has always been a nation of drinkers with plenty around to quench the thirst. In the Middle Ages beer was even preferred to water as it was less likely to contain dangerous bacteria. Timeshift: The Rules of Drinking, BBC 2012
Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain –
Quaintest thoughts – queerest fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today. Edgar Allan Poe, Lines on Ale
You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. Frank Zappa
Life is with such all beer and skittles. Charles Stuart Calverley
Lo! the poor toper whose untutored sense,
Sees bliss in ale, and can with wine dispense;
Whose head proud fancy never taught to steer,
Beyond the muddy ecstasies of beer. George Crabbe, 1754-1832, Inebriety
Doth it not show vilely in me to desire small beer? William Shakespeare, II Henry IV II ii 7
Then to the spicy nut-brown ale. John Milton, L’Allegro 1645
For generations of British people it was safer to drink beer than water. Mark Williams, More Industrial Revelations s2e1: Bread and Beer, Discovery 2005
Traditionally, brewing was something you did at home, like baking your own bread; and by malted barley, hops and water, fermented together: that gave you beer. Everybody did it ... Some brewers started to think commercially. ibid.
How to serve beer more quickly ... Bramah set himself the task of coming up with a solution to serve beer through a pipe to the bar: a beer engine ... The Bramah Press. Patented in 1795 it’s the same principle as the two syringes. Mark Williams, More Industrial Revelations s2e5: Under Pressure
43,606. In the nineteenth century water often came with a chaser of sewage ... If you wanted to stay alive, you need a health drink like beer. Ronald Top, More Industrial Revelations s4e1: Europe – Bread, Beer and Salt, Discovery 2006
It all started with one great invention .... The greatest invention of all was beer. How Beer Saved the World, Discovery 2011
Humans hadn’t touched a drink in three million years of evolution. ibid.
Civilisation was in full flow thanks to beer. ibid.
Beer was used to treat all sorts of ailments. ibid.
With demand so high beer was liquid gold. ibid.
Beer kept the settlers alive on the voyage, and even determined the site of the founding colony. ibid.
The Revolution had begun, and the taverns held centre stage. ibid.
Beer helped found America, and gave the young nation its anthem t’boot. ibid.
Refrigeration – guess why that was invented? ibid.
Beer – saving lives again. ibid.
Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer. Arnold Schwarzenegger