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“I like lager beer, but the beer does not like me. Fifteen years ago I could
drink fifty glasses of beer in one day and never get intoxicated and have no
headache the next morning. But it seems the beer is changed. If I drink eight
glasses of beer of an evening my head is ready to burst the next day….A friend
of mine told me he drank beer freely at a picnic, and he was paralyzed for three
days….There is no other drink I like better than lager beer, but the way they
make it is a humbug. In former times they had a brewer to make beer, but now
they have a chemist.”
— Letter to the Editor, New York Sun, 1882