Spirituality of Beer

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Ave

Houston, TX 77020

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In order for beer to have any efficacy at all, spiritual or otherwise, it must be considered anew. Beer must not be a means of drunkenness; it must not be used medicinally; and it must not be imbibed as an escape valve from mature and responsible living. What then is the alternative?

It begins with the appreciation of beer as a combination of God’s most basic blessings—water and grain—and the realization that ancient civilizations from the Egyptians to the Celts of Ireland recognized God at work in beer. In these contexts, beer was understood as a divine gift, and it was consumed from communal vessels in gatherings almost liturgical in nature.

It continues with the historical knowledge that beer often protected societies from tainted water and in many eras served as a hedge against the ravages of whisky and gin.

It concludes with the awareness that, understood spiritually, beer serves as a complement to the love and interaction of friends.

On Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m., I will offer a class at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on the spirituality of beer, at which we’ll investigate these themes and raise a pint among friends. I hope you’ll attend.

-The Very Reverend Barkley Thompson

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Houston, TX 77020

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