Chances are you've seen the quote attributed to Ben Franklin about beer being proof that God loves us. And chances are equally good that you've heard someone claim that he never really said it. If you're anything like me you probably made a mental note to look into it sometime, "When I get a chance."
Well, Bob Skilnik, author of the soon to be released Beer & Food - An American History, has issued a challenge for somebody, anybody to prove that Franklin ever actually uttered these words. So, are you up to it? If you have something that you think proves it send it in to me and I'll forward it on to Bob.
Frankly, I think that this is one of the many nice but false - or at least unprovable - "facts" that float around in the beer world. I'd love to be proven wrong, though!