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All I can say is thank God I'm not Southern Baptist.

I like the old verse by the Catholic historian, Hilaire Belloc:

"Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine,
There's always laughter and good red wine.
At least I've always heard it's so,
Benedicamus Domino!"


Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying that beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy! And I'm not one to argue with Ben!


I am a pastor and a craft brewer of beers. A few years back I made a beer that the monks used to call "liquid bread" for Lenten fast. It was higher in malt content and good for helping maintain the Lenten discipline, as a pint would satisfy the stomach.

I incidentally also thank God for the batches by using an old Irish prayer.


I'm not local, but any excuse to lift a pint will do. Here's to first miracles.


I have gotten pretty good at long distance pint lifting. I have a friend in England and we always toast each other from across the pond during major soccer matches. I'll do the same for you, Brother!

So, here's a toast from New England...

PS: Every time I drink a glass of wine, I remember with great joy Jesus' first miracle at Cana.


I would love to have a pint with you some day!

Chimay is the good stuff, as are all Trappist Ales. Those monks boys just do do anything that isn't first rate work.

Adam P. Newton


Trappist beer.... Chimay....

Such happy thoughts....


Ah, I'm so glad to be an Anglican! in the UK, it is Canon Law that you have to use alcoholic wine for the Eucharist... This, however, presents a different problem- we have many recovering alcoholics in our church.

We do hove permission to offer both, however, and that is good enough.


i hope you control your beer drinking better than mel does.

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