Whatever their later American heirs thought of alcoholic beverages, the Reformers were lovers of beer and wine. For Luther, that goes without saying. Gisela Kreglinger shows (Spirituality of Wine) that Calvin’s views were the same as Luther’s.
“We have never been forbidden to laugh, or to be filled, . . . or to delight in musical harmony, or to drink wine” (quoted p. 55), Calvin write. Since “God created food, we shall find that he meant not only to provide for necessity but also for delight and good cheer. . . . In grasses, trees, and fruits, apart from their various uses, there is beauty of appearance and pleasantness of odor.” In support, he cites Psalm 104, which celebrates the wine that gladdens the heart and the oil that makes the face shine (quoted p. 55).
Ever one to practice what he preached, Calvin received as much as 250 gallons of wine annually from the Genevan town council (57).