Alcohol and the church have an interesting history. Instances of drunkenness in the bible include, Noah, Lot, Nabal, Uriah, Belshazzer and more.
Jesus turned water into wine – John 2:1-11
Jesus was called a Lush (or drunkard in other translations) – Matthew 11:16-19
The people thought the disciples when the holy spirit came were drunk – acts 2:11-13
some churches disapprove,
some are abstinent
some use a quality port for communion, (I must blog that story sometime.)
Very few churches inspire their own beer though.
A few weeks ago I was discussing with a minister his plans for Christmas, He told me the church had agreed to a plan of his. The plan is to cancel the 11-12 service on Christmas eve, in the church and have a “Beer and Carols” session in the pub next door. The Beer and Hymns event’s are one of the most popular things at Greenbelt. Where a thousand or so people in the beer tent, drink beer, and sing hymns to someone on a piano.
Anyway the pub had said yes and the church had said yes. But his real excitement was that a local brewery had heard about the Idea and were perhaps interested in brewing an ale for the event named after the church. Well they have only went and done it.
I like this idea.
I am not available, unfortunately, to be in Perth on Christmas eve, but if you are and wish the wet the babies head, so to speak, I think an interesting spiritual experience could be in store.