Day 21: L’Chouffe N’ice

About the Beer:

Achouffe Brewery was started in the late 1970s, in the middle of the Vallée des Fées (the Valley of the Fairies), when two brothers-in-law, Pierre Gobron and Chris Bauweraerts decided to create their own beer in the garage belonging to Chris’ mother-in-law.The brewery, which was originally started as a hobby, quickly grew as it became an international success. 
N’Ice is the winter seasonal beer from Achouffe Brewery. It is a Belgian Strong Ale that has a dark color. It is slightly hoppy, spiced with thyme and curacao, and made using orange peel. It has an ABV of 10%, checking in as one of our stronger beers thus far. As their website says, this beer unconditionally warms the cockles of your heart. I am not sure what that means, but I hope you heart is warmed as you enjoy this strong Belgian beer!

If you’re anything like me and like to keep bottles/cans/or bottle caps that are cool, then tonight is the bottle that you should keep! How sweet those elves are around the fire!

Advent Reflection: Tonight’s reflection again comes from Paul David Tripp’s devotion called: “Come Let Us Adore Him”.

“The Christmas story confronts our delusions that we can live healthy and wholesome, independent lives. If we were capable of being what we’re supposed to be and doing what we’re designed to do, and if we were able to solve our deepest and most foundational problems, then there would have been no need whatsoever for Jesus to take on human form, to be born as a baby, to live, die, and rise again. The Christmas story confronts us with our dependency. The Christmas story tells us that we need help. The Christmas story tells us that spiritual need and spiritual dependency are universal and inescapable. It makes no sense to celebrate the birth of Jesus when you strive for independence.

The birth of Jesus destroys the logic of human independence. It crushes the belief that our lives belong to us to live as we choose. The Advent narrative doesn’t let you hold onto the belief that you can live as you were created to live without any power or wisdom but your own. The coming of Jesus levels the playing field. It puts all in the same category. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, young or old, where you were born, how much money or education you have, what race you are or what natural gifts you possess: if you are a human being, the Christmas story confronts you with the depth of your need for help. But the Christmas story doesn’t just confront with your need; it also introduces you to the ultimate helper. The Christmas story is about help coming to earth. He lay in that manager, and he will soon hang from a cross, all to provide for us the help we desperately need.”

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