Written by Joe Sixpack
American brewers who dabble in wheat must feel some days like William Murray.
William Murray â€“ a mostly forgettable character from 17th-century England who had the somewhat bad luck of being the boyhood pal of Charles I. It was Charlesâ€™ father, King James I, who devised the philosophy of the â€œdivine right of kings.â€
â€œThe state of monarchy,â€ James wrote, â€œis the supremest thing upon earth; for kings are not only God’s lieutenants upon earth, and sit upon God’s throne, but even by God himself are called gods.â€well-deserved spanking. No one would dare lay a hand on the son of a god, right?
Instead, it was his friend, the unfortunate William Murray, who felt the lash. Charles wonâ€™t eat his veggies, William gets a beating.
Thus was born the entirely odious concept of the whipping boy.
Which only makes me wonder: Who made German hefeweizen the prince of beers?
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