Beer Advent Day 19: Apex Predator


Brewery:  Off Color Brewing

Location:  Chicago, IL

Style:  Farmhouse Ale  ABV: 6.5%

Contributed By: Kyle Faulkner  (Thanks Kyle!)

Off Color Brewing seems like a good group of people.  They have great art for their beers as well.  Check out the pictures!  And below is a list of FAQ for Off Color Brewing.  I thought their answers were pretty insightful as to the type of people they are.  Cheers!


How many different type of bourbon are on John’s desk?

Whats your favorite beer?

I don’t like this question.

What’s that thing called?

It’s a science tube

Why did you do [insert thing here]?

We were probably drunk

Are you going to apologize?

No. Well, yes.


Why a grain mouse?

It’s the only mammal that’s at the brewery more than us

So you like mice?

Hell no. They try and eat our grain

Why do you use the metric system?

Because it makes sense dammit

What is the metric system?

Public school!!

What are the hours of your taproom?

We don’t have a taproom, so, uh….


Advent Reflection:    Matthew 1: 20-25
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God with us).  When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Sometimes I wish scripture wasn’t quite so concise. I’m told I’m a concise person; I do appreciate brevity. But sometimes, I just want a little more from God’s Word. I read Matthew 1:20-25, one of the very few passages on Joseph – the man who was responsible for ensuring the Savior of the world would first, be born, and second, survive Herod’s slaughter of innocents – and I wish I knew more about him. I wish I could wrap my mind around his experience. We know the facts: he was a carpenter. He was a descendant of David. He was from Nazareth. We get a sense of his character: he must have been a kind and humble man – after all, marrying the pregnant Mary would have been quite scandalous, and we’re told he determined to divorce her quietly.

But what was it really like for Joseph to learn that his betrothed was with child, and then to be told by God in a dream to take on the fatherhood of this fatherless baby, that this unborn one would “save the people from their sins”? The black-and-white words on the pages of scripture aren’t quite enough to satisfy my curious ponderings.

It is in these moments that I am grateful that God made creative people, who provide what’s needed to move my imagination into the space of questions, anxiety, fear, chaos, and awe that Joseph may have experienced at these strange and mind-bending events.

Before we go on.. Read Matthew 1:20-25 once more. Close your eyes, and imagine Joseph. See his face, hear the angel’s voice, watch him wake from that dream…

It’s no wonder the angel told Joseph, “Fear not.”

And in an act that demonstrates the depth of Joseph’s rock-solid character: he “woke from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.”

Just like that.

Hmm. Maybe, just maybe there is a gift in the very brevity of Joseph’s story. He hears a Word from the Lord, and he obeys. Just like that.

Oh, for such faith.

-Taken from “Advent Project” Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts

2 thoughts on “Beer Advent Day 19: Apex Predator

  1. “Hmm. Maybe, just maybe there is a gift in the very brevity of Joseph’s story. He hears a Word from the Lord, and he obeys. Just like that. Oh, for such faith.”

    This. Just this. A great word tonight, to accompany a tasty beer.


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