Sunday, February 26, 2006 AD

It's Carny Time

Karl has Lutheran 'Nival XVIII up and running at Full Throttle & an Empty Gas Tank. Check out the latest highlights of the confessional Lutheran blogosphere.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 AD

Carnival Reminder

Karl hosts the next Lutheran Carnival at Full Throttle & an Empty Gas Tank. Entries are due Friday (24 February) evening. See the main blog for submission guidelines.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 AD

Well, It Sounded Like Beer

Tom W. at Luther Kvetch provides a nice cross-over into the world of Purpose Driven Drinking with his observations on calendar pronunciation. He reminds us that the second syllable of the second month should sound like the process of turning barley malt into golden elixer rather than like the second person pronoun in Feb-you-ary.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 AD

Tooting Dan's Horn: It's Carnival Time

Random Dan hosts Lutheran Carnival XVII: Septuagesima, with plenty of good entries and a guest appearance by Nikolaus Selnecker.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 AD

Carnival Deadline

Lutheran Carnival entries are due in on Friday.

Check for formatting details and send entries to lutherancarnival AT gmail DOT com.

And a voice cries-out from the wilderness

It has come to my attention that there are not nearly enough blogs presently with information on the fine micro-brewed products of Colorado. Jason desires to remedy this situation.

First on the list is a product of the New Belgium Brewery of Fort. Collins, CO. Fat tire is a finely crafted amber ale. It’s surprisingly stout, given some of its amber ale kin. As with all other beers, it’s best served out of the tap. Fat tire is still a fine beer in a bottle. It’s very unassuming. The bier would be happiest served with a burger. So, grill one up, and pour a fat tire for yourself and a few young theologians.

Friday, February 03, 2006 AD

Hopfen und Malz, Gott erhalts!

I'd like to thank the powers that be for letting me say a few thousand words (give or take a few thousand) about things with hops and malt.

I did my vicarage 10 miles from the Jack Daniel distillery and less than 10 miles from the George Dickel distillery. So I have a love for whisky, especially the domestic stuff. But my first love is beer.

Such is my hope to tell all y'all about what I'm drinking.

Last week it was my privilege to enjoy some Spaten Optimator (a double bock) and Aventinus (a wheated double bock...unfiltered, unpasteurized, reinheitsgebot). Aventinus is quite sweet but is a treat to drink. A certain professor at a certain seminary enjoys Aventinus and now I know why.

Optimator is much better vom fass but isn't bad in a bottle. A fellow pastor in my district saw me drink an Optimator and remarked how it was a classy beer. I had another bottle and was nice enough to let him taste some class. After drinking Aventinus, Optimator is a touch bitter. By itself it has a bold, yet rich flavor. Vom fass in a boot at Mader's German Restaurant on Old Word Third Street in Milwaukee, WI is the best way to enjoy Optimator. If you've got the appetite, enjoy your Optimator with the Roast Pork Shank. You can thank me by buying me a boot of Optimator. Maybe I'll share some with Mrs. FatherDMJ, who is partial to Pilsner Urquell herself.

On the domestic scene, let me mention Anheuser-Busch's attempt to outdo Guinness. "Bare Knuckle Stout" is available only vom fass at your local tavern. The very fine establishment in the town of note west of us carries Bare Knuckle Stout. It is quite drinkable and a fine substitute if you can't find the Guinness. The same very fine establishment also carries a select item or two from the Schlafly line vom fass. I can drive down the road and pick up a six of Schlafly at the local off-license. May I recommend the Oatmeal Stout or perhaps the Coffee Stout?

Satis est. Sic satis superque. Drink up, friend!