Our story begins with a letter. A letter penned in French, by one of the greatest writers of his time, Benjamin Franklin.
The letter was addressed to Franklin’s friend, Abbe Morellet, stating, “We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana, as of a miracle...Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy”.
This letter about a man who loved his wine, over the course of centuries, was shed of its origin and changed countless times into the quote most often heard today - “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” ~ Benjamin Franklin (well maybe not).
Well maybe our story really isn’t about Franklin’s letter. Actually, thankfully it’s not, because a story about wine would be boring.
Our story is much more interesting. It’s about how a microbrewery came to open in the heart of Rocky Mount, Virginia, coined by its locals as the “Moonshine Capitol of the World”.
While we take our name, Living Proof Beer Company, from that misquote of Benjamin Franklin’s letter; we have set out to create our own story, while holding true to our belief that “Beer is Living Proof that life ain’t too bad” ~Living Proof Beer Company.