Beer Advent Day 8: Scrimshaw


Brewery:  North Coast Brewing Co.

Location:  Fort Bragg, CA

Style:  Pilsener  ABV: 4.7%

Contributed by:  Kyle Benning (Thanks Kyle!)

North Coast Brewing has been a pioneer in the craft beer movement on the Mendocino coast of California since 1988.  Scrimshaw is one of their flagship beers along with Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout (worth a try if you’ve never done so before).  Scrimshaw is named for the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers. Scrimshaw is a Pilsner brewed in the finest European tradition.  It has a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate, and a dry finish.

Cheers to our first Pilsener of Beer Advent!

Advent Reflection: Zechariah 3:1-10  “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him.
2 The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
3 Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel.
4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.”
5 Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by.
6 The angel of the LORD gave this charge to Joshua:
7 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.  8 ” ‘Listen, O high priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch.
9 See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.
10 ” ‘In that day each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”

The scene that I picture in verses 1-5 is that of a courtroom.  You have Joshua standing before the presence of the LORD and Satan the prosecutor spewing all of the accusations upon Joshua.  Joshua is dressed in filthy garments (A picture of the sin that we carry) and you can imagine all of the shame he must feel as he sees the accuser pointing the finger and hearing him remind everyone of all the sin Joshua has committed.  Then, we get something radically different than what’s expected.  Instead of condemnation to be sentenced, the LORD takes away the filthy garments and puts on Joshua a clean robe and turban.  Wow!  What a picture of grace!  This passage from Zechariah is a beautiful picture of God’s grace that is given to us through His Son, Jesus. Not only are we forgiven of our sin through Jesus but we are also clothed with His righteousness!  Let’s rest in our purified garments as we marvel at the amazing grace of Jesus tonight!



One thought on “Beer Advent Day 8: Scrimshaw

  1. Forgot to leave my comment last night but here it is. I have always been a Pilsner fan. The Pilsner to me is that beer that you don’t just sit to enjoy but that you have after mowing the yard or while grilling. Not overpowering and crisp. This one was a good one. More flavorful than American styles but still refreshing. I probably would not order one at a bar where I am trying to enjoy a beer but would definitely through some in a cooler for fishing or camping.

    In yesterdays reflection I again see a clear example of the full knowledge God has of our sins and his fatherly grace of forgiving them and expecting us to serve him in exchange.


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