Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bless This Beer

Beer has long been a source of nourishment for some monks during the Lenten fast. Beer lovers can thank Catholic monks for developing many of the fine, and often strong, beers we enjoy today. We've been exploring some of these inspired beers over the past few weeks. Interestingly, before the true nature of yeast was understood, British brewers referred to this mysterious substance simply as 'God is Good', giving credit where credit is due. Indeed The Roman Ritual even includes a blessing for beer:
Lord, bless this creature, beer, which by your kindness and power has been produced from kernels of grain, and let it be a healthful drink for mankind. Grant that whoever drinks it with thanksgiving to your holy name may find it a help in body and in soul; through Christ our Lord.

I'll drink to that!

However it seems not everyone would agree with the sentiment. Listen to this debate in the Alabama House of Representatives. This exchange over the "Free the Hops" legislation is at first humorous. But on further reflection, as one realizes that these are elected government officials, debating the rights of citizens, the situation becomes more troublesome.

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