This topper spirit, yclept the Germanic racial inclination towards bibacity, this bragging of bibulous achievements, for which, as heroic deeds, admiration was exacted, were clearly remnants of the medieval temper, and were transmitted to modern times, although the present age has doubtless sobered down, even if, now and then, there is still something shown of this medieval awe and respect for the unsubdued knight of the bowl.

– Origin and History of Beer and Brewing by John P Arnold

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Nor were they brewmasters, and so came to the brewhouse without any firm ideas about how the beer ought to look or taste.

   – Regarding nineteenth century brewers Pabst and Busch and Uihlien. 

Excerpt From: Ogle, Maureen. “Ambitious Brew.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (
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