At the same time that the Blues was being birthed, Americans overall were drinking more home brews and hard ciders than milk or water (which was deemed unsafe to drink-for the most part). At house parties, shacks, juke-joints and speakeasys, the Blues was going and the Brews were pouring.
Bessie Smith, one of the Best Blues Singers to date has a song title that adds support to my statement: Gimme a Pigfoot & a Bottle of Beer. Billie Holiday & Nina Simone both covered this song later and gave it more notoriety. The Blues and Brews have continued to maintain a symbiotic relationship.
Blues 4 Brews next review: Johnny Guitar Watson’s Listen LP meets Three Spirits Brewery.