Beer Advent Day 4: Penguin Pale Ale


Brewery:  One Barrel Brewing Co.

Location:  Madison, WI

Style: Pale Ale  ABV: 5.7%

Contributed by:  Jake Norman (Thanks Jake!)

One Barrel Brewing is so named because they literally brew one barrel at a time. Because of that, One Barrel is in the category of being a nanobrewery.  The beer that you are drinking is unique because One Barrel doesn’t bottle much of their beer.  Which makes me wonder how Jake was able to get his hands on it!!!  One Barrel’s desire is that when you visit the brewery/tasting room you will feel like you’re sitting in the same room that your beer was made. If you ever visit the brewery, you mostly will feel as such, because every aspect of the  brewing process is on display! One Barrel does this because they want you to see just how simple their small scale approach to brewing is.

As you partake of this pale ale and notice the penguin art you may wonder, like I and many others did, what is up with the penguins?  Well, Peter Gentry (owner and founder) said it’s simply because it is the only thing that he can draw.

Cheers to this small batch of Pale Ale brewed in our State’s capital!

Advent Reflection: Today in church we sang the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”.  This is one of my favorite Christmas hymns and one that Rachel and I sing to our boys as we put them to bed.  The second verse is the context for our Scripture reading today.  The lyrics read:

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel

Isaiah 11:1-10

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD–
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.

Peace is on display here in this passage from Isaiah.  Wolves don’t live with lambs in peace.  Leopards wouldn’t be too friendly with goats nor lions with calves and those of us with kids would never ever want them to play near a cobra!  This is how the reign of the prince of peace will be.  Jesus is the prince of peace.  He is stump from the line of Jesse.  We can hope and anticipate that when His kingdom comes, peace will reign and the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.  That is, completely SATURATED!


2 thoughts on “Beer Advent Day 4: Penguin Pale Ale

  1. The passage you chose to share, and your comment about the earth being saturated with the knowledge of God at his coming reminded me of Proverbs 3, where the author says, “By wisdom the Lord laid the foundations of the earth, by understanding he set the heavens in place, by his knowledge, the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.” It reminds me that with our knowledge of God, revealed to us through Christ, comes unfathomable power as well. Whenever I’m feeling powerless because of situations in life, it’s so comforting to know that because Christ came to earth and was willing to welcome me into his kingdom – into knowledge of Him as our savior – I have power over the grave and any fear this life may throw my way.

    And the beer? Yum. I’m not a beer connoisseur (yet – moving to MKE has helped!), but I’d venture to say that – while usually not a fan of pale ales – this one was smooth enough and had enough character to make me want a six pack.


  2. Started out sweet, then immediately bitter. Kind of a classic pale ale but nothing special to me. Bitterness tends to linger but bar snacks (nuts or popcorn) will sitting kills that immediately. Not a big fan but not bad either. Also have been feeling unwell all weekend so that may be affecting my taste buds.

    No fear when trust in the Lord is complete. I would love to see that day but my doubts are my sin.


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