Beer Advent Day 6: Special Amber


Brewery:  Sprecher Brewing Co.

Location:  Glendale

Style: Vienna Style Lager  ABV: 5 %

Contributed By:  Zach Verriden (Thanks Zach!)

This is our 2nd Sprecher brew this Beer Advent season. If your palate didn’t fancy the hops of last night’s IPA then this Vienna Style Lager should suit your desire. Sprecher’s Special Amber has been their best selling beer since the opening of the brewery.  This is a pretty versatile beer that pairs with most food types.  Enjoy his intriguing lager tonight! Cheers!

Advent Reflection: Today is St. Nicholas Day!  Most of us know him as ‘jolly old St. Nicholas’ who brings gifts to little boys and girls (if they are good) and enjoys warm cookies and a bottle of Coke.  There are many stories (and songs) sung about St. Nicholas (commonly referred to as Santa Claus).  My family and I along with our neighbor and family participated this past Saturday in the annual Santa’s Cycle Rampage.  It was a fun event spreading Christmas cheer while peddling down the streets of Milwaukee wearing Santa suits.  If you look at this link and scroll down you might see a familiar face 🙂  But St. Nicholas is so much more than a jolly old man.  Here is a glimpse of who St. Nicholas was and what he lived for.  Below is a reading from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals.

Nicholas of Myra (Fourth Century)

The original “Old St. Nick” who inspired the tradition of Santa Claus, Nicholas was bishop of Myra in fourth-century Turkey. Little is known about his life except that he entrusted himself to -Jesus at an early age and, when his parents died, gave all of their possessions to the poor. While serving as bishop, Nicholas learned of three girls who were going to be sold into slavery by their father. Moved to use the church’s wealth to ransom the lives of these little ones, he tossed three bags of gold through the family’s window. We recall this ancient Christmas gift, even as we remember that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year in the global sex trade today.

Scripture Reading:  Micah 6:6-8  “With what shall I come before the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Just as we read last night from the prophet Hosea about how the LORD desires steadfast love instead of sacrifice, tonight we see from the prophet Micah that God is saying very similar things.  What is it that the LORD requires (or desires) from us?  It’s not the thousands of sacrifices that we bring, it’s a life that acts justly, loves mercy, and walks humbly with God! May we be a people that act with justice in our lives, to orient our hearts to love mercy for others, and to walk with Him in faithfulness and humility.

One thought on “Beer Advent Day 6: Special Amber

  1. Maybe it’s the 14 1/2 hour day speaking but Nice Beer! In a mug it is beautiful. Nice sudsy head, great color, mostly clear. Taste wise its really good. Nice and sweet at first and the hops kick in late with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Definitely a winner.

    I am drawn not to the reflection but your last comment on it. “Walk with him with faithfulness and humility”. We (or at least I) spend a ton of time and effort attempting to do this. Those 7 words are the goal. But I know from 10 years in the army that a goal without a plan is called a wish. I know from 6 years of teaching that a goal without a plan is not going to happen. So I reflect on those 7 words and reassess my plan to accomplish it. Of course no plan to accomplish something so simple yet profound is small. I will work on that but I hope that the fellowship of this beer advent plays a small part in helping me to meet that goal. Good people reflecting on scripture after a good beer. Adding Christ into something as mundane as trying a new beer reminds me that I can add Christ into darn near anything.


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