Brewery: Hop Haus Brewing
Location: Verona, WI
Style: Pale Ale ABV: 5.4%
Info on beer/brewery: I’m not gonna lie…what drew me to choose tonight’s beer was the logo of the Brewery. I love the door that leads into the hop! Hop Haus is a young craft brewery in a community southwest of Madison. Like many small breweries, Hop Haus has the following statement about their mission: Hop Haus Brewing Company handcrafts exceptional, inspired and unique beers by combining equal parts science and artistry. We believe that every community deserves a place to gather and come together as neighbors to enjoy a pint of beer and worthwhile conversation.
Peace Train Pale Ale is not very different than other pale ales that we have tried. You will get your fix of citrus notes with a mild malty backbone like other pale ales, but what you specifically get with Peace Train is good vibes that come from embracing peace. Tonight’s pale ale is named after lyrics from “Peace Train” by Cat Stevens….“Now I’ve been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come. And I believe it could be, something good has begun”
Advent Reflection: Matthew 2:9-11
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
After interacting with Herod, the wise men continued on their journey and were filled with joy as they saw the star’s movement confirm their trip. (And just to clear things up, the wise men were most likely NOT involved in the nativity scene…sorry if I just burst your bubble). The fact that Matthew says ‘house’ indicates that this meeting took place not on the night of Jesus’ birth but rather at some later time, perhaps after Joseph secured more suitable lodging. The gifts that the wise men bring to give to the baby is a prophecy told of a time when the nations of the world would respond to God’s light and glory by giving their wealth:
Isaiah 60:1-3, 5-6
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
3 And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
5 Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
6 A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.
Tonight, we can give praise… for God has brought light to the nations!