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Tuesday, January 2, 2007 father preferred the runnings of the noble grape rather than beer

Chicago, IL - January 3, 2007 -- As bookstores make ready for the release of "Beer & Food: An American History" (Jefferson Press, ISBN-10: 0977808610, ISBN-13: 978-0977808618, $24.95) by nationally recognized beer and brewing expert Bob Skilnik, the author thinks it's time to address one of the biggest historical fallacies concerning Ben Franklin. Beer-themed web sites, brewing organizations and even "beer writers" are fond of quoting the Founding Father and his love of beer. A web search of the supposed Franklin quote, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy," yields almost 100,000 hits, all with vague attributions that Franklin did indeed utter the quote or penned it in his long-running pamphlets of sound advice and witticisms known as "Poor Richard's Almanack."

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