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10. 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. (God & Alcohol & Beer & Milton & Think) A E Housman, A Shropshire Lad
11. Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale. (also Alcohol & Sky) A E Housman
965. Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer. (Belief & Beer & Alcohol) W C Fields
3,096. 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. (Space & Universe & Astronomy & Alcohol & Beer) The Universe s3e10: Strangest Things, 2009
21,173. Gissa swig. (GBH Films & Beer) 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
21,179. So beer ain’t good enough for ya? (GBH Films & Beer) ibid. Tommy
27,022. 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. (World War II & Drink & Beer & Alcohol) 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
31,126. There’s more people selling beer in Preston than any other item. (England & Great Britain & Alcohol & Beer) Ian Hislop’s Age of the Do-Gooders III: Sinful Sex and Demon Drink
39,075. Two beers. One for me. One for my mate. (Australia & Beer) 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
42,884. Cheers. Let’s hear it for the beer. All hail to the ale. (Alcohol & Pubs & Beer) Al Murray: The Pub Landlord: My Gaff, My Rules, London’s Playhouse Theatre
42,885. Rules is rules. It’s pint for the fella, 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. (Alcohol & Pubs & Beer & Wine) ibid.
43,660. Man cannot live by beer alone. No no no. He needs crisps and nuts, and maybe a lovely bag of scratchings. (Pub & Beer) ibid.
42,950. I have fed purely upon ale; I have eat my ale,
I drank my ale, and I always sleetp upon ale. (Alcohol & Beer) George Farquhar, The Beaux’ Stratagem
42,951. 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. (Alcohol & Beer) Alexander Pope, The Dunciad 1742
42,966. 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. (Alcohol & Church & Tavern & Pub & Drink & Beer) William Blake, The Little Vagabond
42,955. Clowns and vulgar men drink beer or ale, but gentlemen carouse only in wine. (Alcohol & Beer & Wine) Fynes Moryson
42,985. 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. (Alcohol & Beer & Drink) Timeshift: The Rules of Drinking, BBC 2012
42,996. 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. (Alcohol & Beer) Edgar Allan Poe
43,599. 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. (Beer & Country) Frank Zappa
43,600. Life is with such all beer and skittles. C S Calverley
43,601. 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
43,602. Doth it not show vilely in me to desire small beer? William Shakespeare, II Henry IV II ii 7
44,526. Then to the spicy nut-brown ale. (Dance & Beer) John Milton, L’Allegro 1645
43,603. For generations of British people it was safer to drink beer than water. Mark Williams, More Industrial Revelations: Bread and Beer
43,604. 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.