Beerded Ladies

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Hoppy Easter!

Beer as blood of Christ and other religious drinking.

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Okay, this is from a blog, but still:

"The original Aramaic text talks about "strong drink" and "lines of ale vats." ... When the Bible was translated, centuries after Jesus had ascended to the throne of heaven, "strong drink" was replaced by "wine." At the time, beer was considered the commoner's drink, while wine was considered an upscale beverage reserved for the elite. At the time of the translation, wine was savored during the fine meals by the culturally enlightened. Beer was swilled by ignorant peasants. Historical accuracy was sacrificed because ignorant peasants were not doing the translating." - Beer Church

So, Jesus most likely turned water to beer, drank beer at the last super and WE SHOULD be drinking beer at communion.

Fun Biblical beer references to share around the dinner table: Numbers 28:7-10Proverbs 31:6Isaiah 24:9.

Easter Beer History:

The Danes brew Påskeøl "Easter Beer," which is usually a 5-6% lager and Bock's are historically associated with Easter, Lent and Christmas. In fact, Doppelbocks, sometimes referred to as Fastenbier ("Lenten beer,") emerged in the late eighteenth century as a powerful lager variant of the old monastic strong beer, monks' "liquid bread" which they brewed for Lent. It would be enjoyed consumed only for religious purposes during the 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. It was the only thing they consumed during that time, because they were holy, and pure. The secular version of this sacred strong bier was called Bockbier.

But let's get back to the Danes, and when women ruled brewing:

"Denmark has a long history with the art of beer making that predates Christianity. It goes back to their own Norse mythology with the goddess Freya who by virtue of her domain being the goddess of harvest was also known as the goddess of beer. ... The role of the woman as brew master of the home continued until the Reformation when their role in brewing gradually began to fade as beer became less a byproduct of food production and more a commodity. This was primarily due to the influence of the church and advent of merchant class." - Water from the Vine

So remember, church = decline of women brewers.

All this history has made me thirsty. So, what beer shall I pair with my upcoming Easter Dinner?

I'm going to phone this one in and refer to the folks at The Good Pour as they put together a fabulous Easter Dinner Beer Pairing list which includes Evil Twin Brewing's "Ryan and the Beaster Bunny."

Also, homemade Peeps.

HOP-y Easter everyone!

-HK