Brewery: Ale Asylum
Location: Madison, WI
Style: Double IPA ABV: 8.8%
Info on beer/brewery: The first time that I tried Satisfaction Jacksin was during an annual tradition where male teachers at HOPE Christian High School head to a local bar called ‘Riverwest Filling Station’ after parent-teacher conferences. I remember thoroughly enjoying this double IPA then and I fully anticipate enjoying it tonight. It just seems like the perfect beer on a Friday night to end a long week of work in December!
If you’re not much of a hop person, you may struggle with this one. Satisfaction Jacksin boasts a hop explosion that is in your face like a full frontal assault. Ale Asylum uses over 3 pounds of Centennial Hops per barrel when they brew this double IPA.
Cheers to Friday, and to tonight’s HOP slap in the face!
Advent Reflection: Matthew 2:1-2
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,
2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is a prophecy from Micah 5:2. It is pretty phenomenal that the coming Messiah, ‘Emmanuel’ (God with us) was foretold to the exact place in which he was to be born.
Tonight’s reflection comes from a post on Shane Claiborne’s (Christian and social activist) website. Just as our beer tonight was a ‘hop slap in the face’, this reflection was a ‘slap in the face’ to me personally. I pray that you are challenged by the following reading:
This handcrafted Christmas ornament was made in the little town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.
It’s made out of the metal from a tear gas canister… a somber reminder that the holy land is a troubled land.
Originally the canister was produced in Jamestown, Pennsylvania. Then it traveled to Israel, where the Israeli Defense Forces fired it into the Palestinian territory in the West Bank, where Bethlehem is.
It happens all the time — tear gas fired on crowds of Palestinians… sometimes hostile crowds of protestors… sometimes peaceful crowds of pedestrians.
Eventually, some of our Palestinian friends said “Enough”. They began to gather the tear gas canisters from the streets and turn them into Christmas ornaments. They are creating jobs for Palestinians, residents of Bethlehem.
They are making something beautiful out of something ugly.
And they’re reminding all of us of the true meaning of Christmas.
This Christmas, let us remember that God came into the world as a refugee, a displaced Galilean… a Palestinian, Jewish baby born in the troubled, occupied territory of King Herod. He was born homeless, in a manger because there was no room in the inn. He survived a genocide, as Herod killed little babies throughout the region.
In Jesus, we see the most beautiful act of divine solidarity. God leaves all the comfort of heaven to join the struggle here on earth. Jesus is born as one of the most vulnerable and marginalized people on earth. He is Emmanuel – “God with us.”
Jesus came to heal the world of violence and hatred, and to show us a way that we can interact with evil without becoming evil.
Let us honor Jesus this Christmas by making a commitment to work for peace and justice for the Palestinians who made this “Peace Parcel.” Let us insist on being pro-Israeli, pro-Palestinian, pro-Peace.
Let us make “Peace On Earth” more than a Christmas cliché.
Let’s make it a reality.
In the name of the Prince of Peace… Jesus.
Look further into these ornaments here