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John Barleycorn

In the most ancient times, people thought that heady drink got its character from a spirit living in the beer, and from the grain from which it was made. Drink the spirit of John Barleycorn down, and he's inside you, giving you inspiration, health, and courage!

By Midsummer John Barleycorn is still just growing his golden beard It's not time to mow him down just yet -- he's still firmly rooted in the soil: so care for him, drink his health, water him and cheer him on!

Next: The Six Days of Midsummer


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