About the Beer:
Einstök Ölgerð Icelandic White Ale is our first of three beers brewed outside of the United States on this years calendar. The brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the port city of Akureyri, Iceland. The brewery uses some of the purest water on earth that it sources from rainfall and ancient glaciers that flows down the Hlíðarfjall Mountain. The Icelandic White Ale is brewed with wheat malt, pilsner malt, oats, Bavarian Noble Hops, coriander and orange peel. It is crisp and clean with a smooth mouth feel thanks to the oats. Citrus and spice round out the finish. At a modest 5.2% ABV, this Ale is a perfect choice when following the brewery’s motto: Drink. Conquer. Repeat.
As much as I prepare Beer Advent (reaching out to people to solidify the participants, getting in touch with the beer distributor, sifting through the beer list, choosing the beer, creating the cases and the calendar, delivering the cases, etc) I often feel like I don’t prepare enough. This is definitely a weakness of mine. I hardly ever feel enough…good ‘enough’, righteous ‘enough’, holy ‘enough’, selfless ‘enough, thoughtful ‘enough’, the list goes on. It’s a plague really. But I think that this sentiment is why I like the Advent season so much, or at least am drawn to the darkness and the aching (the Beer Advent beer helps for sure, don’t get me wrong). My heart longs for something more in this season. More than the standard remembering Jesus being born in a manger, keeping ‘Christ’ in Christmas, Christmas carols and glad tidings. My heart longs, groans, aches for more. Maybe it’s because things are not ‘enough’, maybe it’s because I’m comfortable in darkness, maybe it’s because this season captures the resonance with longing, waiting, anticipating…not just for today’s or tomorrow’s beer, but anticipating something more. Maybe…Maybe…
“This week we begin Advent… the season that leads up to Christmas. Advent, meaning “the coming,” is a time when we wait expectantly. Christians began to celebrate it as a season during the fourth and fifth centuries. Like Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done. And we wait in expectation of the full coming of God’s reign on earth and for the return of Christ, what God will yet do. But this waiting is not a passive waiting. It is an active waiting. As any expectant mother knows, this waiting also involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community. It is called labor for a reason. Likewise, we are in a world pregnant with hope, and we live in the expectation of the coming of God’s kingdom on earth. As we wait, we also work, cry, pray, ache; we are the midwives of another world.” – Shane Claiborne