Day 4: Moose Drool

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Brewery:  Big Sky Brewing

Location:  Missoula, MT

Style: Brown Ale  ABV: 5.1%

Info about Beer/Brewery:  I absolutely love the Western part of the state of Montana.  My wife and I stayed in a cabin outside of Missoula, MT on our honeymoon 11 years ago and we went back to celebrate our 10 year anniversary.  The mountains in western Montana are absolutely picturesque, especially in Glacier National Park.  If you have never been, it is definitely worth a trip.  The fact that tonight’s beer is from a brewery in Montana holds more significance than just a quality brown ale.  It reminds me of the beautiful woman that I call my wife, and the beautiful place that we have so many memories of.  Don’t let the name fool you.  This beer does not taste like ‘drool’.  But as some of the underside of the bottle caps say “Always drink upstream from the herd“.  Moose Drool is brewed with four different malts and will pour a rich and deep mahogany color.  Subtle coffee and cocoa notes will hit your palate as you enjoy this special brew from the Big Sky Country.

Cheers to special memories with special people!

Advent Reflection: As we continue with the journey through the genealogy of Jesus from Matthew 1 the next character that is mentioned is Abraham.  We journey back to Genesis and not too long after God says that there will be a “descendant of the woman” who will crush the head of the serpent,  we are introduced to the narrowing of this ‘seed’ coming from a specific family line…the line of Abraham.  Genesis 12:1-3 says, The LORD had said to Abram, “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” As the narrative of Abraham’s life progresses, one of his descendants will be the one to be the source of God’s blessing to the whole world. Genesis unfolds and we read that the direct descendants of Abraham are Isaac and Jacob.  Jacob has 12 sons and one of those sons (Judah) has a prophecy said about him in Genesis 49…”The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the rulers staff from between his feet.” This tells us that Abraham’s seed (descendant) through the line of Judah will bring blessing to the nations through a kingly ruler (symbolized by the scepter).  The kingly ruler from the tribe of Judah has not yet come…..but he will! 

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus, Come!  Cheers….

Day 3: Reward IPA

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Brewery:  Good City Brewing

Location:  Milwaukee, WI

Style:  Double IPA  ABV:  8.5%

The beer tonight is our first IPA (India Pale Ale) for Beer Advent 2017.  The Reward IPA is the bigger brother of Good City’s Risk IPA. Reward features a dry malt profile with Citra, Amarillo and Eureka hops.  The Hop aroma is accompanied by tropical fruit and a distinct pineapple character that will hit your nose as you pour into your pint glass.  Reward IPA won the 2017 National Imperial IPA Championship and certainly lives up to the motto: “The bigger the Risk the greater the Reward”. Good City Brewing has the motto ‘Seek the Good’, which I think is pretty apropos to the season that we are in right now.

Another fun fact about Good City Brewing is that the Brewmaster, Andy Jones, is a graduate of my high school: Dakota High School, in rural NW Illinois. I think this means that the Rock City Area participants of Beer Advent are in for a trip to Milwaukee so we can visit Andy’s operation at Good City Brewing!!!

Good City Brewing is about passion for craft beer, 
lasting friendships and a commitment to 
seeking the good.

Advent Reflection:  Yesterday we looked at the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 and read about all the people that were mentioned in the lineage.  It opens with Abraham and David but before that we can even go further back to Genesis 1.  As Good City Brewing’s motto is “Seek the Good”, we read in Genesis 1 that all of God’s creation was ‘GOOD’.  That ‘Good’ was drastically changed in Genesis 3 when Eve and Adam ate from the tree that was forbidden.  In their shame and guilt, Adam and Eve both hid from the presence of God.  In their hiding, God seeks them out, shows mercy, and then speaks the first prophecy of the coming Savior in his curse to the serpent…“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; you shall bruise his heel, and he shall crush your head.”  (Genesis 3:15)  For many, this may sound a bit strange, but in essence, it declares that one day a descendant of the woman will crush the head of Satan.  That descendant is the very reason as to why we celebrate Christmas.  The descendant spoken about in Genesis 3 is Jesus!

Cheers to tonight’s beer!  As you drink, think about seeking the good of those in your world; whom God has placed in your path.

Day 2: Badger Porter

Badger Porter. Sand Creek

Brewery:  Sand Creek Brewing Company

Location:  Black River Falls, WI

Style:  Porter  ABV: 5.1%

About the Brewery:  Sand Creek Brewing Co. has a rich history in Wisconsin Brewing.  Sand Creek Brewing operates in the same building that was used by Swiss immigrant, Ulrich Oderbolz in 1856 as he founded Oderbolz Brewing CO.  Ulrich cut his brewery into the side of a hill and created thick stone foundation walls to make a cellar for keeping his beer fresh.  Today,  Sand Creek still uses that cellar.  As you enjoy tonight’s beer, you are essentially drinking Wisconsin history!  REAL WISCONSIN BEER .

Advent Reflection: Last night we reflected a little bit about ‘our story’ and how it connects with God’s story.  The brewery of tonight’s beer has a rich story of many people who have gone before.  Tonight’s Scripture reading comes from Matthew 1.  (It is a bit dry but I challenge you to read through it and try to pronounce the names…don’t give up..push through and keep reading!)

Matthew 1: 1-17  A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,
4 Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,
6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,
7 Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,
8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10 Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,
11 and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12 After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,
14 Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Eliud,
15 Eliud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,
16 and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.

Did you make it through?  Maybe you skimmed, maybe you took notes.  Who knows.  But, the above reading is the genealogy of Jesus.  The fact that Matthew began his gospel with a genealogy shows us that there is a great history to this baby named Jesus.  It is important! It is meant to arouse our interest…peak our curiosity in all of these names that are mentioned before the birth of Jesus.  For the next few days, our readings will lead us through a brief journey through the Old Testament to trace the unfolding of God’s story leading up to these opening verses in the gospel of Matthew.

Hope you enjoy tonight’s beer!  Cheers!  And go BADGERS!!!

Day 1: Fistmas Holiday Ale

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Brewery:  Revolution Brewing Company

Location:  Chicago, IL

Style:  Holiday Ale  ABV:  6.5%

About the Brewery: Revolution Brewing is Illinois’ largest independently owned-brewery and is known for making beers that compliment the revolutionary craft beer scene that is growing  in America in recent years.  After home-brewing in 1995 and working for the likes of Golden Prairie Brewing and Goose Island Brewing, Josh Deth, his wife, and a few friends opened Revolution Brewing in Feb. 2010.  The brewpub is located on Milwaukee Ave. (fitting for Beer Advent 414…the area code for Milwaukee numbers) in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.  I have not yet been to the brewpub but a few of the Beer Advent participants have and they say that it is pretty solid. (Sounds like a trip is in order!)

About the Beer:  The Fistmas you are drinking on this first day of Beer Advent is a rarity.  It is made in limited supply and can only be found in the months of November and December.  Fistmas is steeped with ginger root and orange peel and is brewed with specialty malts.  It will pour with a beautiful red tint and you’ll get aromas of fresh baked bread, caramel, and fruits.  This Fistmas Ale will definitely get us into the Advent spirit.  Pour it into a pint glass and enjoy.  Cheers to Beer Advent 2017!!!

Advent Reflection: “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women are merely players, They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts”. -William Shakespeare

Our lives are original stories.  Each one is different from every other.  Every story has a unique and different beginning.  The Bible is also a story, God’s story.  Jesus is at the center of God’s story and it is through him that we can join in the grand narrative of God’s story.  This is what we anticipate this Advent season.  We anticipate the long awaited and prophesied Messiah, born as a baby.   He is our Savior King, born in a manger, to bring us into relationship with God.  As you reflect tonight, think about your story.  What is it?  Who are the main characters?  How has Christmas (the birth of our Savior) shaped your story?

Enjoy Fistmas and reflecting on your story!!!