Did he really say that?

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."  Ben Franklin

While this quote is popular among beer lovers, we wondered if the quote is correctly attributed to the great Ben Franklin.  After a bit of research, we provide the actual quote.  


Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.

While we don't doubt that Ben loved his beer, we think he might have enjoyed a glass of grape too.