Day 12: Goon Juice

Day 12: Eagle Park Brewing Company Goon Juice – DDH Hazy IPA 8% ABV

About the Beer

We are back for another libation made by Eagle Park Brewing Company. Before I talk about the beer, I wanted to share a little more about the backstory of the brewery. Two brothers, Max and Jack Borgardt, grew up with a love of writing music and even played in a band together. Their other passion was drinking great beer. In a desire to chase glory, they were faced with a choice to either run after fame in the music industry, or try their hand making beer. I for one am extremely thankful they made the decision they did! 

Tonight we have a DDH Hazy IPA that goes by the monicker, Goon Juice! So what do all those letters mean?! I hope by your sheer inclusion in Beer Advent you know what IPA stands for, but many of us might be unfamiliar with what DDH stands for. As your can will tell you, it stands for Double Dry Hopped, which means they added tons of hops after the fermentation process has already started. In this case we enjoy the floral aromas of Citra, Mosaic, Eureka, and Columbus hops that were added after the boil! The pour is a cloudy, golden color with white foam. Smells of tropical fruit, mango, grapefruit, and fresh squeezed orange. The taste is fruity and floral due to the large hop additions. A smooth, but thinner mouthfeel than many hazy IPAs, with great carbonation. I hope you enjoy this DDH Hazy IPA (and maybe a second beer) after all of the shoveling you had to do today! You earned it!

Cheers,

Chase

Advent Reflection

Tonight’s reflection comes from: “The Advent Project: Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts.” Check out their website here

Isaiah 60:3
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

“The prophet Isaiah speaks forth a host of prophecies throughout his text. There’s messianic prophecies, eschatological prophecies, and prophecies against Israel and other nations, etc. Many of these prophecies foretell doom and gloom, as is so often the case with the Old Testament prophets, but some of his prophecies are hopeful, even enlivening. One of these animating prophecies in found Isaiah 60:1-3 wherein the prophet assures Israel of her future glory in that God’s light will shine upon them and the “Lord will arise” upon them (v. 2). And this illuminating and arising will have results not only for Israel but for all of the nations of the world since they and their rulers will also come to the Lord’s light.

So, what exactly is this illuminating and arising? Light bookends the Scriptures: “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3); and “the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever” (Rev. 22:5). Thus, we know that God is the light and in his light there is “life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). To be in the light is to be a child of God and to live in the light is to live in his good creation as his redeemed children. Thus, when God shines his light onto all the nations, he is shining himself on them, inviting them into a saving relationship. God’s light is symbolic of his omnipresence and saving grace.

This is the message of Advent, that in the coming of Jesus all people who already live in the light of creation can become daughters and sons of he who is Light.”

Grace and Peace,

robert