While observing July 4, 1788 in Philadelphia a writer wished “…that a monument could be erected in Union Green with the following inscription… ‘In Honour of American Beer and Cyder. It is hereby recorded for the information of strangers and posterity that 17,000 assembled in this Green on the 4th of July 1788 to celebrate the establishment of the Constitution of the United States… and they departed without a single quarrel. They drank nothing but Beer and Cyder. Learn Reader to prize these two invaluable liquors and consider them as the champions of these virtues which can alone render our country free and reputable.”

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Copyright Gregg Smith – His latest book “American Beer History” is available on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/American-Beer-History-Mayflower-Microbreweries/dp/108155410X/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=American+Beer+History&qid=1625421497&sr=8-3