Brewery: Founders Brewing Co.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Style: Scotch Ale ABV: 8.5% IBU: 50
Tonight’s beer is not for the faint of heart, or as the Scots might say, ‘this ain’t for the wee lads’. This Scotch Ale is so good that it’s almost wrong. It is brewed with seven varieties of imported malts and pours a dark ruby red. The finish is complex because it has the malty richness to it but then a right hook of hops that gives this beer some attitude.
After quitting their jobs and taking out large loans to start their own brewing business, the original Founders were floundering in making well balanced but ‘unremarkable beers’. It was at reality that they were close to being bankrupt that the Founders decided to brew the kind of beer that got them excited about brewing in the first place. Complex, in your face ales, with huge aromatics, big body, and tons of flavor.
Founders Brewing Co. has since grown around this simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”
Grand Rapids, MI is the city that Founders Brewing Co. is located in and was voted as Beer City USA in 2015. I found that very interesting.
Cheers to his heavy hitting ale. Unleash the inner William Wallace as you enjoy this libation. Maybe even work on your Scottish accent!
Advent Reading: Luke 1:26-38 The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”
29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.
30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.
36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
37 For nothing will be impossible with God.”
38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
(Luk 1:26-38 ESV)
Reflect: I am struck by verse 29 which says, “…she was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what the saying meant”. How often in my life have I been troubled by something that God was asking me to do through His Word? Maybe it’s a difficult conversation to have with someone, or maybe it’s the challenge to trust God when all you want to do is question and find out for yourself. What do you do when circumstances come into your life that trouble you? The angel’s next statement to Mary is so rich: “Do not be afraid”(v. 30). I believe God is saying to me tonight, maybe even to you….”Do not be afraid”.