Brewery: Founder’s Brewing
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Style: Scotch Ale ABV: 8.5%
Info on beer/brewery: Dirty Bastard was a last minute addition to our list this year as the Scottish Ale that I requested was only a seasonal and therefore, not available yet. I was pleased though when Chris from Otto’s on Oakland substituted Founders Dirty Bastard. Tonight’s beer has managed to appear in 3 of the Beer Advents that I’ve participated in. You could say that it has found its place. This beer does NOT disappoint, especially if you are looking for something a bit heavier. Coming in at 8.5% ABV, this Scotch Ale is not for the wee lads. Dirty Bastard is brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. The malty richness is accompanied with the hop power that gives it the bite that makes the beer live up to its name.
Founders Brewing Co. is celebrating 20 years this year and they have some pretty cool stuff on their website. One of them is an artistic expression of their story and core values. You can check it out here: 20 Years, Zero Regrets
Cheers to tonight’s beer and to Zero Regrets.
Advent Reflection: Matthew 1:18-25 (Reflection on v. 21)
18 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.
As we read last night, Joseph was commanded by the angel to name this son that was to be born of Mary, Jesus. The meaning of Jesus is immediately explained in that “he will save his people from their sins”. Jesus comes from the Hebrew name ‘Joshua’ or ‘Yeshua’ which literally means, “Yahweh Saves”. Jesus was a common name in first-century Palestine, and parents often named their sons Jesus as an expression of their hope that God would one day act to save and deliver his people as he had done in the past (book of Joshua, God saving the Israelites and bringing them into the Promised Land).
The angel commanded Joseph to name the boy ‘Jesus’, because this baby boy, this Jesus, would not just be an expression of hope, but would realize these hopes of so many……”Saving His people from their sins”.