Beer Advent Day 11: Belleaire Brown


Brewery: Short’s Brewing Co.

Location: Belleaire, MI

Style:  Brown Ale  ABV: 7.0%

Info on Beer/Brewery: Short’s Brewing story began in 2002.  Short’s Brewing in Belleaire embraces the concept of the public house or “pub.” Compared to other alcohol establishments, pubs hold a unique place in the American experience. The colonial pub was the pillar of the community. Pubs were places to catch up on local business, gather around a good meal and take in a libation brewed on site by the local publican. Early taverns were full of life and comfort. This is what Short’s culture is all about.  If you are interested in hearing the full story, check out this video:  Short’s Brewing Co.

Tonight’s beer is Short’s Brewing flagship brown ale!  Delicious all around in my book! Bellaire Brown is full-flavored with notes of sweet caramel, chocolate, and toasted malt with an earthy hop quality.

Cheers to gathering in community around a good meal and libation.  Hope that you are able to that this season!

Advent Reflection: As we continue through Matthew’s gospel this week, our reading tonight comes from Matthew 1:18-25 (tonight’s reflection comes from v. 18-19)

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Matthew’s narrative of Jesus’ birth is told from the perspective of Joseph, the adoptive father of Jesus.  This vantage point gives us insight into Joseph’s character and actions.  As we read that Joseph’s fiance was with child, you can almost enter into his immediate emotions of shock, awe, and distrust even though the text doesn’t go into it at all.  Joseph was certainly not a stupid man.  He knew full well that there is only one way to get pregnant.  The only detail that the text gives us is that Joseph was a ‘just and righteous man’.  Being pregnant before marriage put Mary in a difficult, shameful, and dangerous situation….culturally coming from the potential of what her future husband could do.  This is where the detail that Joseph ‘resulted to divorce her quietly’ stands out.  It was his righteousness that led him to act in a way that would reduce her shame and shield her from potentially dangerous consequences of adultery/infidelity.  Because of his actions, he also opened himself up to public ridicule and shame.

The character of Joseph in the birth narrative always astounds me.

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