Day 4: Wendy
Central Waters Brewery Wendy Coffee Milkshake IPA – Milkshake IPA 7.2% ABV
About the Beer
One of our desires when choosing beers for this years’ calendar was to feature a handful of breweries that we have a particular affinity for. We also wanted to give everyone the chance to try multiple beers from the same brewery in order to get a better idea of their overall quality. Tonight’s beer highlights one of Central Waters other core tenets, Time Well Spent. They want their beers to be enjoyed along with family gatherings and other events that build community. The inspiration for Wendy Coffee Milkshake IPA comes from an inside joke they share as a community amongst their staff. Here is the description from their website, “If you’ve met one “Ryan”, you’ve met them all. That’s how we saw it when we hired the third guy named Ryan on to our crew. Before his first day we had a new name for him…”Wendy”. Wendy loves his Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and every fall when the leaves begin to change, he’s in his minivan racing to the drive-thru. This one is for you Wendy!” I don’t know about you, but I think it’s pretty amazing that they have brewed a beer version of a Pumpkin Spice Latte?! As you pour it into a glass you will see the orange and brown color with an almost cappuccino like foam. Aroma of coffee, orange, and spiced clove lead into this beer tasting like a chai latte that leaves an almost nutty taste on your palate. It has a smooth mouthfeel, like a milkshake IPA should, and has a decent alcohol kick due to the higher ABV (I’ll explain more about milkshake IPAs next week!).
In this time of isolation and lockdown I am sure many if not all of us are missing our communities, where we share inside jokes and recognize the quirks of our friends simply because of the sheer amount of time spent with them. As we enjoy our Pumpkin Spice Latte in beer form tonight, let’s remember that we can still create and experience community at a distance. I again throw out the challenge to comment on the blog, text your friends who also participate in Beer Advent, or even just call a friend and tell them how you are enjoying the beers and the readings so far!
Cheers to the weekend!
“In our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment…Thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast delivered us into the hand of our iniquities…Be not exceedingly angry, O Lord, and remember not iniquity for ever.
This passage isn’t the most encouraging of passages that we could read. But I think that in it we can glean an enormous amount of hope. Chase’s description of the beer tonight is on point, especially when we think about community. Earlier this week on the first day we reflected on darkness. Tonight’s passage is dark. The season of Advent begins in the dark. It’s the longing, the waiting, and the yearning that makes the joy of Christmas that much more special! Advent teaches us to delay Christmas in order to experience it truly when it finally comes.
Advent is a time to reflect on our own shortcomings. It is a time to reflect on our own darkness. The Gospel message declares that when we hone in on our own darkness, we can greater celebrate the light that is to come. We live in a world where darkness is common. We live in a world where suffering is real and trial often seems to reign over triumph. We do not know why God delays in answering our prayer. We do not know why He seems to hide His face. We do not know why so many have to suffer so much without apparent meaning. All we know is that there is this rumor, this hope, this expectation, that the Light will come!
The question that the people ask in Isaiah’s time is: “Shall we be saved?” The answer is in what we are waiting for and anticipating this Advent. The answer is Jesus! We shall be saved through Him! We will be saved through His life, death, and resurrection. This is the hope that we long for. This is the hope that we press in to this Advent season.
Enjoy your beer tonight! Press into the truth that there is a hope that we can cling to. Press in to the community that you have around you. Press in to the saving work of Jesus!
Grace and Peace,