Location: Madison, WI
Style: Smoked Porter ABV: 6.5%
Info on Beer/Brewery: Tonight’s beer definitely wouldn’t be the first 6-pack that I would grab off of the shelves, but that’s what Beer Advent is all about….trying things that you normally wouldn’t. Night Call comes from Madison’s East side brewery called Karben4. Karben4 began in 2012 as a brewery and taproom only. It has since grown into a full fledged brewery which bottles and distributes across Wisconsin. The following paragraph enlightens us into the deep meaning of their name:
We wanted to create a made-up name that did not already exist in any other capacity. This was an effort to rid consumers of any potential preconceived opinions or bias – so that our name would simply act as an extension of whatever we exuded as a company. This allows us to further define what ‘Karben4’ means every single day as we continue to operate and market the business. Conceptually the name is rooted in the foundational element of all organic life: carbon. This is married with beer’s history as being the foundational essence of civilizations. We chose the phonetic spelling and added a numerical character for differentiation purposes.
Night Call features the malty sweetness and hints of dark chocolate that make it a porter and also provides a subtle smoke flavor to set it apart. (Set apart it does because all I taste IS the smoky flavor)
Cheers to branching out and trying something new!
Advent Reflection: Matthew 1:22-25
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.
The narrative takes a quick turn from the meaning of the name of Jesus (Yahweh Saves) to the unusual, supernatural conception of the virgin birth. V. 23 serves as a fulfillment of Scripture from Isaiah 7:14. The virgin birth is certainly something that is rather difficult to comprehend and figure out. It is one of the many mysteries that we relish and stand amazed at this Advent season. A good read and simple explanation of the virgin birth is a book by Andrea Kostenberger called “The First Days of Jesus”.
Tonight, we marvel at the baby born of a virgin, fulfulling the promise in Isaiah. The baby is named Immanuel which means “God with us”. Meditate and reflect on that simple truth tonight. Jesus is our Immanuel. God dwelling among man!