Church Beer!

church beer I don’t know why I haven’t posted on this before, but our church, or rather one of the communities that I am a part of, is brewing it’s own beer. Yep, it’s true, in the ancient tradition of Christianity, mostly monks, and Martin Luther, who, at one point in his life was a monk, we are brewing beer as a community. This generally gets a lot of responses when we tell people, especially since a lot of us come out of an evangelical background. And the word travels fast. In fact, I was at a conference recently and was approached by a Welsh guy, one of the speakers, and his first question was “You’re from Arizona right? You’re the guy with the church that brews beer?” -And he flashed a big smile. We became friends quickly and planned a pilgrimage to Ireland.

Okay, so some questions on this:

Why? Lots of reasons. We can talk about those in the comments section if you’d like. For the most part it is to create something as a community. And to offer a great product to others.

What? Well right now we are experimenting with various brews, learning the process and trying to settle on an initial recipe that we like.

What’s it called? We’re not sure yet. We are still thinking of names, do you have any ideas for us?

Will it be made available to the public? We hope so, eventually. We would like to offer it as gift, as hospitality, to the world. And we would love for a portion of the proceeds to go into our works of Social Justice.

An interesting link: This is what I got when I googled church beer.

These sites are especially interesting:,,


  1. #1 by Ben on November 28, 2006 - 1:54 pm

    For a name, how about
    – Good Old (Good old gospel)
    – Martin (as in Luther)
    – Victory
    – Banquet

    Any one of those kicking you in the nuts?

  2. #2 by Christoffer Björkskog on December 11, 2006 - 1:43 am

    I like Victory and Good Old

    How about:
    – Life
    – Peace
    – Joy
    – Friend

  3. #3 by Saara on December 11, 2006 - 12:33 pm

    I’m more of a wine-lover, but I still want to express my opinion… the whole concept of church beer sounds fun, and I agree, “Good Old” is a nice name. How about “Old Time Religion”? Gives the negro spiritual a whole new meaning. How weird.

    Well well. Cheers!

    Hugs to Mrs Nawbaw.

  4. #4 by Ben on December 11, 2006 - 12:36 pm

    Of course, it should be called
    *** Spiritual ***

    Like in Spirit and spirits!
    And if you do a dark beer, you can call it
    *** Negro Spiritual ***

    Isn’t that great??? I’d love that.

  5. #5 by Toffe on December 11, 2006 - 12:52 pm


    *** Sprirtual ***

    Is a good name for a beer. However, it also sounds like spirits, ant that’s a bit stronger. But then again, it is not THAT strong, just Spiritual. 🙂

  6. #6 by Tom on December 11, 2006 - 1:00 pm

    Hey, lot’s of good suggestions here. Allow me to let you in on some of the names that we have thought of. Thirsty Monk was a contender, until we found that it was taken. It was a great name for us as it incorporates the ancient tradtion of Monks brewing beer and the fact it is brewed in the desert, a thirsty place. But alas it was taken. So we thought, Holy Water, why not. And one of the batches turned out very sweet, it was filled with honey, so we called it Sweet Geezus. We do want the names of the beers we brew to reflect our Christian heritage, and to incorporate the natural setting in which it is brewed, the desert.

    Again I appreciate all the suggestions, keep em coming.


  7. #7 by Toffe on December 14, 2006 - 1:03 pm

    Cool names, lol

  8. #8 by shawn on December 21, 2006 - 11:02 am

    If you want to reflect locality + Christian roots, one needs to be “Hey Suse”. Say it out loud.

  9. #9 by Tom on December 21, 2006 - 12:27 pm

    I said it out loud just now in a coffee shop. It was wonderful.

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