Day 7: Deck Dog
Black Husky Brewing Deck Dog – German Pilsner 5.8% ABV
About the Beer
After this past weekend’s deviation from Wisconsin breweries, we return for a beer from one of our favorite local spots located just blocks from Robert’s house in Riverwest. A lesser known fact about Black Husky Brewing is that it was started out of a log cabin in Pembine, Wisconsin. That small brewery began getting calls from bars and restaurants in Milwaukee and demand started to really grow. After many trips with their van loaded down from the kegs and bottles, they decided to uproot the brewery in 2016, and turn an old auto-garage into their permanent home. When Robert and I first visited the brewery, the owner told us they hadn’t even found a place to live yet, and were staying with their son while they prioritized getting their new operation up and running. We are extremely excited to feature two beers from Black Husky on our calendar this year as it is one of our favorites.
Tonight we are enjoying Deck Dog, Black Husky’s version of a German Pilsner. This beer is named in honor of their ‘deck dog,’ Rinky. Their dog Rinky is their true companion, ever ready to sit by their side as they concoct nonsensical ideas and plans whilst drinking on their deck. This beer, though called a pilsner, is actually brewed in the style of an ale, but with all of the ingredients of a German Pils. Crisp when poured into a glass, Deck Dog offers classic malt and yeast aromas on the nose. Clean crisp taste with hints of some fruit that gives away its true nature as an ale. As a pilsner, Deck Dog is a beer you reliably drink while doing summer yard work, drinking on your patio, or tailgating before a game. Enjoy this crisp beer and look forward to warmer weather or make plans to bring a six pack of Deck Dog with you to the first sporting event you can attend when things reopen.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called…Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.”
The reflection tonight is adapted from adventconspiracy.org (I was encouraged by it as we journey into this 2nd week of Advent and focus our hearts on the coming Kingdom of God.)
It’s hard to imagine in this day of divisiveness and polarity when it comes to politics, a government so amazing that we would consider good news the fact that it would never end. Can you picture an earthly kingdom characterized by justice and righteousness – always and forever? This is what the passage from Isaiah is pointing us to tonight.
When we consider some of the most successful kingdoms throughout the world’s history, with the happiest subjects, the fairest laws, the lowest taxes…all have eventually proven flawed by the corruption of power and ambition, weak or greedy leaders, restless, rebellious people or some combination of our universal brokenness. No matter how good a government may seem for a time, it’s clear that mere humans, even with the best intentions, have never been and will never be able to accomplish this sort of civilization. It is possible however. And this kingdom will come!
Through the birth of this child in Isaiah 9, God is going to establish His kingdom. A kingdom overflowing with justice, righteousness, and peace with no end. A kingdom ruled by the one described as the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.
This child is what we wait for this Advent. This child and this kingdom is what we long for.
Grace and Peace,