Beer Advent Day 10: Third Wheel


Brewery:  O’So Brewing

Location: Plover, WI

Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale  ABV: 5.5%

Info on Beer/Brewery:  Another late post (sorry guys, the weekend schedule is a bit funky).  And funky is a good way to describe tonight’s beer.  It is labelled a Belgian Blonde but it comes across more as a sour in my book.  The funky sour taste that hits your palate is because of the Brettanomyces yeast (commonly referred to as BRETT). BRETT is a wild yeast, which is a reference to its natural habitat (fruit skins) and to its volatile temperament. The use of BRETT can lead to unpredictable fermentations with aromas politely described as funky. You are, in many ways, taking a risk by adding BRETT because you never now how the wildness of it will affect your brew. Most brewers work hard to keep it out of their tanks by sterilizing every piece of equipment, but many others are nowadays adding it so that the wild, unpredictable flare comes out.  Tonight’s beer features this wild yeast.

Cheers to the funky!

Advent Reflection: The ‘Funkiness’ of tonight’s beer reminds me of this week’s (Second Sunday of Advent) Gospel reading from the Daily Office Lectionary (Year B): Mark 1:1-8

Mark 1:1-8 speaks of one who is coming to prepare the way for the LORD.  As you continue reading you find out that this guy wore camel skins and ate locusts and wild honey.  Talk about funky!  But this messenger prepared the way for the One that people have been waiting for.  The One who would make known to everybody the glory of the Lord. The prophesy is found in Isaiah 40:1-11…“A voice cries out, ‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. ‘”

This funky messenger was used by God at the exact fullness of time to make ready the path of the ONE who would make every valley raised up, every mountain brought low, and every rough place made flat.

Take a moment tonight to read Isaiah 40:1-11.  After you read, take a listen to this song: Every Ditch, Every Valley




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