Day 6: Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout – Milk Stout 5.3% ABV
On the home page of Belching Beaver’s website they write, “Belching Beaver Brewery came from a desire to make great beer and have DAM GOOD TIMES.” If you know me, you know that I love a good pun, so this line immediately endeared this brewery to my heart. Located in Oceanside, California, Belching Beaver was opened in 2012 and has been brewing a variety of great beers since. They are the only beer on our calendar this year to come from the supposed “craft beer capital of the world.”
Our beer tonight was added to our calendar courtesy of Yale from Otto’s Liquor. For the past two years we have relied on Yale to pick a “mystery” beer for us from his list of favorites. Last year he picked Holiday Cheer, so here’s to hoping this Peanut Butter Milk Stout makes a similar impression on us. Lauded as ‘America’s favorite peanut butter milk stout,’ the beer is black in color with a thin tan head when poured into a glass. Peanut butter is very prominent on the nose with a slight hint of coffee and charred grains. The taste starts bitter from large hop additions, but the sweet taste of peanut rushes in, complemented well by the rich, full-bodied mouthfeel. You might notice hints of salt and caramel as well that will leave a nutty aftertaste on a tongue. This highly decorated beer is Belching Beaver’s #1 best seller and is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Tonight as you pour it into a glass and get ready to enjoy it, raise your glass in a cheers to Yale, our trusted beer buyer, and valued contributor to 414 Beer Advent.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
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;
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.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist. 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.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
As we enter the 2nd week of Advent we light the second candle on our Advent wreath: the candle of peace! As you read our passage from Isaiah, notice the ‘peace’ that this ‘shoot from the stump of Jesse’ will bring. When my wife and I read this passage with our kids today, they were astounded at the description of the vicious animals being at peace with the gentle. Go back and read through the passage again and notice the beauty of this peace that is to come!
I believe that we all long for peace. The beauty of Advent is that we anticipate the Prince of Peace that is coming to us. This Prince of Peace will bring this everlasting peace that is described in our passage from Isaiah! May we long for this peace.
As you enjoy the delicious pint of peanut butter and chocolate this evening, I pray that you relish in your longing for peace, and the challenge to think about how you can bring peace to people around you in the coming weeks.
Grace and Peace,