“The First American,” a title Benjamin Franklin earned for his early campaigning for colonial unity, was also America’s first beer lover and is famously—albeit incorrectly—quoted as saying, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” What this means for Missoulians is that God loves us. A lot.
I tried to calculate how many breweries we have per capita compared to other cities—both big and small—and to sort out Missoula’s ranking in all of it, but it proved to be a silly, futile and, honestly, complicated endeavor (for me): It is no secret Missoulians love their beer. That’s why there are nearly a dozen breweries in the county—and a market and a place in our hearts and bellies for each and every one of them.
Cheers to that!
But one way to toast all of our beer blessings doesn’t seem to be enough, does it? Here are 21 other ways we can lift our glasses in praise.
- Afrikaans: Gesondheid (pronounced “ge-sund-hate”)
- Czech: Na zdravi (pronounced “naz-drah-vi”)
- Danish: Skål (pronounced “skoal”)
- Dutch: Proost (pronounced “prohst”)
- Finnish: Kippis (pronounced “kip-piss”)
- French: Santé (pronounced “sahn-tay”)
- German: Prost (pronounced “prohst”)
- Greek: ΥΓΕΙΑ (pronounced “yamas”)
- Hawaiian: Å’kålè ma’luna (pronounced “okole maluna”)
- Hebrew: L’Chaim (pronounced “la-hi-em”)
- Hungarian: Egészségedre (pronounced “egg-esh-ay-ged-reh”)
- Irish Gaelic: Sláinte (pronounced “slawn-cha”)
- Italian: Salute or Cin Cin (pronounced “saw-lutay”)
- Japanese: 乾杯 (pronounced “kan-pie”)
- Mandarin: 干杯 (pronounced “gan-bay”)
- Portuguese: Saude (pronounced “saw-OO-de”)
- Romanian: Noroc (pronounced “no-rock”)
- Spanish: Salud (pronounced “sah-lood”)
- Thai: Chok dee (pronounced “chock dee”)
- Vietnamese: Dô Say (pronounced “yo” or “jou”)
- Yiddish: Sei gesund (pronounced “say geh-sund”)
Hungarian’s my favorite. Egészségedre!