An old song from the North of England includes a verse with the words "ale is physic" They used "physic" in a sense we use medicine or cure today. This was no folk belief or innkeeper's advertising gimmick but a proven fact. With local water supplies, polluted people discovered it was much healthier to drink ale rather than tap water in times. Even though clean water is readily available today, enthusiasts claim that ale made with traditional brewing methods supplies vital nutrients and helps relieve stress.
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