Beer Advent Day 2: Surly Fest


Brewery: Surly Brewing Co.

Location: Brooklyn Center, MN

Style: Oktoberfest Lager  ABV: 6%

Surly Brewing Co. has this philosophy (written below):

“Make Great Beer.  Have Fun.  Give a Damn about your community.  Be independent.  Don’t be a dick.  We don’t make beer for everyone. Beer for everyone is beer for no one.”

As we partake in Day 2 of Beer Advent, hopefully everyone enjoys this beer.  We will be taking a journey back a month and half to enjoy the deliciousness of Surly’s version of the Oktoberfest style .  Jah!

Advent Reflection: The Advent reflection for tonight is taken from Common Prayer: A Liturgy For Ordinary Radicals

Everything in our society teaches us to move away from suffering, to move out of neighborhoods where there is high crime, to move away from people who don’t look like us.  But the Gospel calls us to something altogether different.  We are to laugh at fear, to lean into suffering, to open ourselves to the stranger.  Advent is the season when we remember how Jesus put on flesh and moved into the neighborhood.  God getting born in a barn reminds us that God shows up in the most forsaken corners of the earth.

Wherever we come from, Jesus teaches us that good can happen where we are, even if real-estate agents and politicians aren’t interested in our neighborhoods.  Jesus comes from Nazareth, a town from which folks said nothing good could come.  He knew suffering from the moment He entered the world as a baby refugee born in the middle of a genocide.  Jesus knew poverty and pain until he was tortured and executed on a Roman cross.  This is the Jesus that we are called to follow.  With His coming we learn that the most dangerous place for Christians to be is in comfort and safety, detached from the suffering of others.  Places that are physically safe can be spiritually dead.

May we cry the Gospel from the rooftops: both with our words and with our lives.


5 thoughts on “Beer Advent Day 2: Surly Fest

  1. The first few sips of this one were not enjoyable to me. Somewhat bitter and (remember I am not a craft beer aficionado) overly hoppy. But I continued to sip as I reflected on the reading.

    As I turned my thoughts into serving the kids in neighborhoods that “real-estate agents and politicians are not interested in” I realized two things. First, I truly feel the Holy Spirit called me to leave the life of a consultant and teach these kids and second….hey this beer is pretty good. The immediate aftertaste is almost sweet and really lasts for a while.

    Then it occurred to me that this is a lot like my first year in urban teaching. The initial impact of kids who were desperately behind in reading and math sucked as a science teacher. It grated on me. Then the behaviors and drama kicked in and I did not truly enjoy my job. But after a while, after you get to know them and they start to trust you you see the goodness in them. You see that they deserve and demand high expectations and they thrive on it. And they will, once they believe you will not walk away like so many other teachers, start to love you like a father or uncle.

    This is probably way too much for a simple beer tasting but I am touched by this experience and thank you again Robert for setting this all in motion.


  2. I like the design on the can. Its a heavier beer for me. It has a strong taste. But I will drink it all. Still enjoying this beer advent


  3. The beer reminds me of Leinie’s Red Pale Lager. I’m not a big pale guy so leave it to Leinie’s to give me something to walk that direction with…
    The reflection was also a good, needed word for me this time of year…


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