Day 10: Convenient Distraction

Day 10: O’so Brewing Company Convenient Distraction – Imperial Porter 9.8% ABV 

About the Beer:

We are back with O’so Brewing Company tonight for a second offering from this wonderful brewery located in Plover, WI. One of the reasons we wanted to feature two beers from the Wisconsin breweries on our calendar was to help us to not immediately write off an entire brewery because we did not enjoy our first sampling from it. I am frequently guilty of this, and it has kept me from trying and enjoying numerous high quality beers simply because I decided I wouldn’t enjoy any of their beer after one of their libations didn’t tickle my fancy. I’ll confess I did not love last night’s beer (if you loved it, absolutely no judgment). Don’t get me wrong, at Deer Camp or in the dead of summer I love a light lager as much as the next guy, but on a crisp December night I’d rather imbibe an imperial stout or a Belgian quad. One of our goals during beer selection has been to pick a wide variety of beers to cover as many styles as possible. Tonight we get to try something on the opposite end of the beer spectrum from the same brewery, so if their lager wasn’t your cup of tea, get ready for a heavy-bodied malty glass of goodness.

I love the name of tonight’s beer, Convenient Distraction. It causes me to reflect, and identify the parts of my life that I pick as a ‘convenient distraction’ from the reality around me, to filter out what is truly important and what is just fluff. This imperial porter brewed with Madagascar vanilla and coffee comes in at a whopping 9.8 % ABV, a far cry from last night’s lager. Deep brown, almost black in color with a tan head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and even a hint of bourbon. This beer looks and smells of decadence. The taste moves up the nose with strong hints of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla that are complemented by a smooth, creamy mouth feel. There are just enough hops to balance out the sweetness. So tonight, during this momentary distraction, let’s enjoy this luscious dessert beer!

Cheers,

Chase

Advent Reflection

Scripture

Isaiah 40:3-5

A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
    the way for the Lord;
make straight in the desert
    a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be raised up,
    every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
    the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

I’ll be honest with you tonight. I did not prepare a devotion earlier in the day and when I came home, it was extreme chaos at my house. I do not want to BS a devotional thought so I’ll simply leave tonight’s reflection focused on the Word from the prophet Isaiah.

As you read and reflect on the Word of God from Isaiah, what sticks out to you? What resonates with your spirit, mind, and heart?

For me…It’s, “every valley shall be raised up, ever mountain shall be made low.”

Grace and Peace,

Robert