The 12 Best Beer Quotes to Read as You Enjoy a Cold One


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Enjoying a chilled beer on a warm evening after a long day at work is a perfect experience. Whether you are with coworkers, friends, or family, sharing a six-pack makes for a fun and relaxing time. To entertain yourself and your guests, share our list of the top twelve beer quotes! Some are funny, some are educational, but they all have to do with beer. 

Twelve of the best beer-related quotes ever!

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​​“When I die, I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin. I wonder, would they know it was me?”

An Irish-American novelist and playwright, JP Donleavy wrote at least 26 different plays and novels. As is stereotypically Irish, he was a massive fan of beer and loved it up until the very end. It is unclear as to whether his wish came true, but what beer fan wouldn’t want to be commemorated in a vat of their favorite drink?

​​“I drink, and I know things.”

This boozy quote is attributed to Tyrion Lannister, otherwise known as  “The Imp” in Game of Thrones.  This is his best-known quote from the entire series, including both the books and television series on HBO. The context behind it is that he is explaining to a group of men what he is best at: drinking and being wise.

As Tyrion is known as one of the smartest and well-educated characters in the entire story, this quote has inspired much merchandise from the series. The characters in Game of Thrones mostly drink beer or wine, and this particular quote surely resonates with any adult who enjoys wetting their whistle with a drink. 

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​​“Beer is made by men, wine by God.”

The father of the Reformation, Martin Luther, said this back in the 1500s. While Luther is best known for fathering Lutheranism and breaking from the Roman Catholic Church, he was also a lover of beer. His wife, a former nun, Katharina von Bora, was famous in their village for her beer recipe. 

You can thank Martin Luther and his wife for two things: One, inspiring the separation of Church and State, and two, for understanding the importance of beer in everyday life. 

Martin Luther also said,

“Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!”

Luther was known for having some radical ideas, including the concept that the devil was real and involved in human lives. When he would hear noises around his house in the middle of the night, he would tell his wife, “the devil is around!”

This quote is poignant because of the logic behind his beer-drinking. It is quite hilarious to think of such a renowned and educated individual such as Martin Luther encouraging and indulging in the consumption of alcohol. But is he wrong with this one? We think not!

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“Somehow, despite all the science homebrewing requires, I’d become irrationally superstitious.”

American author Lucy Burningham wrote this in her book My Beer Year: Adventures with Hop Farmers, Craft Brewers, Chefs, Beer Sommeliers, and Fanatical Drinkers as a Beer Master in Training. An ode to beer through an exploration of its history and the manufacturing of it, this book is a must-read for any beer fanatic. You may even find yourself interested in trying to brew beer yourself!

It is a scientific process that requires a certain level of patience. Homebrewers all have their own secrets and superstitions on what makes their beer perfect. Did you know? You can actually purchase an at-home beer brewing kit online. One would make a fantastic gift for the beer fanatic in your life!

Humorist and writer Dave Barry said,

“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of humankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”

Pizza and beer are undeniably a match made in heaven. The crispness of the cold beer pairs so well with the hot, oozy pizza. The possible flavor pairings there is indeed an untapped market. Everyone thinks wine and cheese pairings are the ultimate culinary experience – move over! Let’s let beer shine!

Good pizza and good beer go together. It is just a fact of life. (Gluten-free beers and pizza are available too.)

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“I am drinking ale today.”

Poet Edgar Allen Poe once wrote a poem about beer.

“Fill with mingled cream and amber,I will drain that glass again.

Such hilarious visions clamberThrough the chambers of my brain.

Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies,Come to life and fade away:

What care I how time advances?I am drinking ale today.”

This poem sounds a bit like what the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland might say after a pint. Beer can make people do funny things, so please enjoy responsibly. 

“God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.”

American country singer and songwriter Billy Currington wrote a song called “People are Crazy.” The refrain is above. The song is about meeting a stranger and bonding over the shared enjoyment of a cold one. This song resonates with those of us who love beer because it’s true!

FYI this song is perfect for dancing in your backyard after a beer or two, as the sun goes down on a Friday night. 

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Canadian Hugh Hood once said:

“Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same.”

The late professor and novelist Hood captured the feeling of having a beer on a lovely day better than we ever could. Beer is a drink anyone can enjoy. It is simple, refreshing, and tasty. Drinking beer is a social activity; you can enjoy it with strangers or friends alike.: 

William Shakespeare wrote in one of his many plays: “A quart of ale is a dish for a king.”

We all know good old Will Shakespeare, right? He’s the English guy who wrote all those tragic plays we read back in high school! He is still famous today because his plays and poems still resonate with us. Shakespeare also wrote a lot of comedic and historical plays. He lived in England in the 1500s during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Back then, it was often safer to drink beer than water, especially in the cities. 

Water, in the form of lakes and rivers and streams, was used for much more than drinking. Water was used for washing and cleaning, cooking, even going to the bathroom! You could never guarantee the cleanliness of the water you were using. Therefore, beer, or ale, was brewed at home as an attempt to provide a refreshing beverage alternative. 

Back then, beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage. Everyone drank beer; people of all ages consumed beer with dinner. Yes, some people abused it, but drinking beer during the day was far more commonplace because you knew it was safe to drink, unlike water.

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American icon Benjamin Franklin once said,

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”

Ben Franklin is famous for many, many things. He was a politician and inventor, a writer, one of the Founding Fathers of the brand new United States of America, and a lover of beer. This particular quote from him is probably why he is on the one hundred dollar bill!

Our last beer quote comes from American writer Stephen King:

“I work until beer o’clock.”

King has written a plethora of books that have been turned into films, most of which fall into the “horror” genre. But is it a surprise to anyone that he too enjoys a beer after a hard days work inventing terrifying characters such as It? This quote wraps up our list in part because we can all relate to it. Most of us finish work around five p.m. at which time we are free to go home and crack open a cold one.

The term “beer o’clock” is certainly a relatable one, which you can find immortalized on many a kitschy item in a tourist shop. You have probably been reading this article during beer o’clock, and we hope that you have enjoyed our compilation of the twelve best beer quotes!  Humans have been brewing and enjoying beer (or ale or mead) for millennia.

The oldest recipe known in the entire history of humankind is one for beer! If that isn’t proof that we should be drinking beer than we don’t know what is.  Please drink responsibly. 

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