BENDER (singing) Hush little brewsky don’t you leak. Daddy wants to drink for at least a week. Oh my God! I think it’s time!
Once upon a time or- so the story goes- in Colonial America, alewives would brew a special beer called “Groaning Ale”. The alewife would make a high ABV ale about 7 to 8 months before hand and store it until the big day when the mother would go into labor. The ale would then be tapped and shared among everyone that was present, including the mother to be and the midwife. After the baby was born they would wash the newborn in the groaning ale. Most likely because beer was cleaner than water.
You might be asking yourself, is “Groaning Ale” just a myth or is it true? Like many stories handed down through the ages there is both truth and myth. But I say who cares it is a great story. It was true that beer was cleaner than water so they might have cleaned their baby in beer. I do wonder about the ale being brewed 7 to 8 months before the child was expected.
Unfortunately, they don’t allow beer in the delivery room. Since my wife is pregnant this affects me. I admit that I am skittish when it comes to listening to labor stories or anything medical so I am not sure how I will get through actually being in the delivery room. A strong ale could help me get through it. I would rather side with caution and not dunk our baby in a Strong Scotch Ale which is the beer style I picture them using back in the early 19th century. Besides water is a better choice for cleaning babies in now.