Throughout European history, entire families would drink fermented grain beverages like beer because a lot of local water sources were often contaminated, and beer was more safe to drink. When the captain and crew of The Mayflower landed in Cape Cod (not their original destination), they insisted the pilgrims stay there because the captain was afraid there would not be enough beer to supply the crew on their ride back to England.
Source: The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America, pp. 78-80.
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