Monday, November 11, 2013

5 Things You Might Not Have Known About God And Beer

Just found the topic 5 Things You Might Not Have Known About God And Beer interesting. For centuries, beer has brought people together to worship God. And God has inspired people to make beer. Few examples show below:
  • As far back as the 18th century, Paulaner monks in Germany would brew and drink a heavy, malty type of beer called Doppelbock for Lent. Beer was so nutritious that it kept them nourished for the entire 40-day fast.
  • Arthur Guinness, creator of Guinness beer, was a devout Christian who grew up in a time when drunkenness, mainly from liquor, was rampant. Monks had been brewing beer for ages, and Guinness decided to do it to give people in his community a less potent alternative to liquor.
  • People come to the Greenbelt Festival in London to be inspired by God with the help of art and music. What sets this religious festival apart is the beer. People would grab their cup of beer and sing to praise God.
  • Beer brewing is as ancient as the Sumerians, who had a goddess called Ninkasi with a recipe for beer. The recipe was pressed into a clay tablet that dates back to around 1,800 BC. It was called The Hymn To Ninkasi, and it gives hints on how to brew beer.
  • A long-standing belief is that Benjamin Franklin was quite the beer lover. This may stem from a quote attributed to the founding father, stating, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." A Chicago-based brewing historian Bod Skilnik found that the quote actually reads: "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy."

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