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Bheer is the fannish spelling of beer. There is no difference in pronunciation. Therefore, drinking it implies an affinity for the fannish ghod Ghu.
Then, too, there are those who regard Bheer as a minor fannish deity unto itself — making Bheer the one fan religion which has followers outside the sf community. Nonetheless, Berkeley fandom's Tower of Bheer Cans to the Moon was not just a fannish myth but also both a religious icon or totem poll and a technological marvel. Believers assert: “Bheer is the Only True Ghod.”
Various fan groups have had their favorites. Fancyclopedia 2 noted “Central States fen favor the amber nectar of the grain, such as Grain Belt Premium, the official brew of the old MFS.” Charles Burbee brewed Golden Treachery; Nashville fans fermented Auld Bladderburst; and Rocket Fuel was a Toronto specialty.
Britfen prefer Real Ale, a type of bheer that is very popular among fans at British cons like Eastercon. The committee often must make special arrangements with the con hotel or with a brewery to ensure a sufficient supply is available in the bar. Martin Hoare was the master of the Real Ale Bar.
See also: H, Alforbundet, Beerfandom, Beaker People Libation Front, Drinking, Liquors, Literary Beer.
|From Fancyclopedia 2, ca. 1959|
|No less important to fannish than mundane drinking, this useful beverage is even given divine honors by the sect of Beeros and worshipped as either Beer or Bheer. (The latter substance is also used in celebrating certain mysteries of the Ghuist religion.) Roscoe approves of beer. True Beeros, however, believe that "Beer is the Only True Ghod", advancing in evidence the fact that given enough beer one wants nothing more. But scoffers point out that with money one can buy beer.|
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