I failed to give him props at the start but our ‘About the Beer’ section this year comes to us from Chase Prochnow. He is a lover of all things Wisconsin, especially its breweries and thoroughly enjoys sitting down over a pint to tell you everything about Wisconsin, Jesus, and good, quality beer (not necessarily in that order). Thanks Chase for contributing to Beer Advent 2019 in this way!
About the Beer: Tonight our beer comes from One Barrel Brewing Company! If you have never visited this brewery it is an absolute gem on the North/East side of Madison, and it also has a second location now in Door County. One Barrel Brewing is famous for starting out as a “nano-brewery.” The brewmaster crafts one barrel (31 gallon) batches that are only available at the Madison location! The Commuter Kolsch is one of One Barrel’s most popular beers, known primarily for its drink-ability. This Kolsch is unfiltered and cold-conditioned, resulting in a beer that is clean and refreshing, with a crisp finish.
Advent Reflection: Read and reflect on this beautiful passage in Isaiah 11:1-10
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD–
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.
How does this passage speak to you?
What sticks out to you in these images? How do these images capture the text above?