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.