Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pilgrims Brought Beer to America?

I was reading "Bartending For Dummies" last night and came upon an interesting tidbit of information. According to the book (written by Ray Foley of Bartending Magazine), beer came to America via the Mayflower. Apparently, the Pilgrims were running low on beer so they decided to land at Plymouth Rock instead going more south as they had originally planned. The proof? The US Library of Congress has a journal kept by one of the Mayflower passengers with an entry dated from 1620 which states in regards to landing at Plymouth Rock:

"we could not now take time for further search or consideration, our victuals being much spent , especially our beer..."

I guess the Pilgrims didn't have the option of making a pitstop at 7-11 to refill their supply back in those days.

I love history.

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