Day 2: Badger Porter

Badger Porter. Sand Creek

Brewery:  Sand Creek Brewing Company

Location:  Black River Falls, WI

Style:  Porter  ABV: 5.1%

About the Brewery:  Sand Creek Brewing Co. has a rich history in Wisconsin Brewing.  Sand Creek Brewing operates in the same building that was used by Swiss immigrant, Ulrich Oderbolz in 1856 as he founded Oderbolz Brewing CO.  Ulrich cut his brewery into the side of a hill and created thick stone foundation walls to make a cellar for keeping his beer fresh.  Today,  Sand Creek still uses that cellar.  As you enjoy tonight’s beer, you are essentially drinking Wisconsin history!  REAL WISCONSIN BEER .

Advent Reflection: Last night we reflected a little bit about ‘our story’ and how it connects with God’s story.  The brewery of tonight’s beer has a rich story of many people who have gone before.  Tonight’s Scripture reading comes from Matthew 1.  (It is a bit dry but I challenge you to read through it and try to pronounce the names…don’t give up..push through and keep reading!)

Matthew 1: 1-17  A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Eliud,
15 Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.

Did you make it through?  Maybe you skimmed, maybe you took notes.  Who knows.  But, the above reading is the genealogy of Jesus.  The fact that Matthew began his gospel with a genealogy shows us that there is a great history to this baby named Jesus.  It is important! It is meant to arouse our interest…peak our curiosity in all of these names that are mentioned before the birth of Jesus.  For the next few days, our readings will lead us through a brief journey through the Old Testament to trace the unfolding of God’s story leading up to these opening verses in the gospel of Matthew.

Hope you enjoy tonight’s beer!  Cheers!  And go BADGERS!!!

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