Day 11: Botms Up

Day 11: Eagle Park Brewing Company Botm’s UP – Milkshake IPA 5.6% ABV

About the Beer:

When I moved to Milwaukee over eight years ago and started to explore the city, I frequently noticed this cool little building downtown and always thought it would be a great spot for a brewery. Apparently the founders of Eagle Park Brewing Company, Max and Jack Borgardt, had the same thought as they opened their brewery in that building in 2017. Since then, they have experienced a ton of success and recently opened a second location this past summer in Muskego, WI which includes a distillery! If you check out their website, in bold letters they state, “We know the craft beer industry is flooded with fly-by-night labels that warrant no respect. We won’t be one of them. We prove our dedication and commitment to you, and the craft beer community, through every pour, every toast, and every taste.” Now that is a mission statement I can get behind! If you are anything like me, you are tired of seeing another new brewery that only specializes in IPAs, trying to be like every other craft brewery in the country. Eagle Park refuses to just blend in with the crowd. I love this brewery and am super excited for all of you to get to enjoy a few of their beers over the next two evenings.

Tonight we have Botm’s UP, a Milkshake IPA brewed with vanilla and heaping amounts of orange, tangerine, and mandarin. We’ve already had a beer version of a pumpkin spice latte this year, so why not try an orange creamsicle beer as well? The pour is a dark, murky orange with a yellow tinted foam. Initial aromas of orange and mandarin are with hints of cream and vanilla as well. The taste is sweet, with orange, vanilla, and cream being the dominant flavors. The beer has a thick, creamy mouthfeel due to being brewed as a “milkshake” IPA. So what exactly is a ‘milkshake’ IPA you ask? It gets its name from the extra ingredient added during the end of the boil or primary fermentation, lactose sugar, which lends the beer its cloudy appearance and rich mouthfeel. Though it may not be orange creamsicle weather outside, let’s enjoy this blood orange milkshake IPA on this snowy/rainy evening!

Botm’s UP,

Chase

Advent Reflection

Scripture: Matthew 3:1-2, 7-11

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near…”

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

The passages during this second week of Advent that focus on John the Baptist are so bizarre to me and I often wonder why they are included in Advent readings. Tonight’s reading certainly fits that mold. It’s not one of those uplifting messages that just encourage our hearts during this season. But that’s exactly the purpose of Advent. Advent calls us to wait, anticipate, reflect, and journey inward. Tonight’s passage from the Gospel of Matthew calls us to that journey. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near“. This message demands our response. The key component of Advent is that as we wait for the coming of Christ in Bethlehem, we also await His second coming as King and Judge. This, I believe, is one of the more overlooked themes of Advent. We enjoy the peaceful serenity of the baby in the manger and the star in the sky with the rustic shepherds, elegant magi, and lowing farm animals smiling benevolently at the infant. The message tonight that John the Baptist calls us to, is vastly different. “Repent…after me comes one who is more powerful than I…bear fruit in keeping with repentance…and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

Christ’s coming demands a response from us. John the Baptist proclaimed what our response should be…”Repent“. Repentance is not just saying sorry or feeling bad about an action or behavior. Repentance is a change in direction. It’s a reorienting of oneself in another way of life. It’s facing our darkness, confessing it, and turning from it.

As we await Christ’s coming, how does this message of repentance speak to you? What has been revealed to you…in you? As you journey inward tonight, know that the whole purpose of Christ’s coming was to show that when we repent, through Jesus, there is rich mercy and abundant grace.

Grace and Peace,

Robert