Day 13: Company Brewing Zagora Major – Belgian-Style Tripel Ale 9.5% ABV
Can you believe we are already halfway through our Advent Calendar of malty beverages? I hope you are enjoying the journey thus far. For the next three evenings we have a sampling from Company Brewing lined up for us. Since we have three posts to share more about what makes Company Brewery unique, tonight I’ve decided to share one of the reasons why this brewery is important to Robert and I! Robert and I met almost five years ago when we worked together at a high school in Milwaukee. For those of you who know Robert, you know he can be a bit reserved at times, and takes a while to really open up to new people. So after a month or so of working together, we decided to get beers after work, with Company Brewing being our destination. Home to one of the better happy hour deals in Riverwest, full pours for the price of a half, this wonderful little spot is also where our friendship began as we shared stories while drinking their tasty brews.
Tonight we have Zagora Major, a Belgian Tripel Ale. Sadly, I have never had this beer before and since it is a newer beer, I know very little about its specific flavors, but as a Belgian Tripel, we can expect the taste to be nuanced and yeast forward. The term ‘tripel’ originated in Belgium during the 1930s when Westmalle Brewery created a new strong ale brewed using triple the ingredients of their classic abbey style ale. I love the telltale flavors of Belgian beer that are derived from the specific yeast strains developed throughout Belgium’s rich brewing history. I hope you enjoy sampling another new beer style to start this new week!
Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”
Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.
Today we begin week 3 of Advent. I hope that your journey thus far has been encouraging, challenging, and reflective. Tonight’s reflection was one that I found thought provoking and timely; especially when we consider the purpose of Beer Advent 414: “To slow down, enjoy good beer, and reflect”. I pray that you are blessed and encouraged.
Perhaps Zechariah had begun losing hope in God’s desire to answer prayer. Maybe in the busyness of his work he stopped spending time in communion with El Shaddai, God Almighty, the One who powerfully intervenes changing circumstances when they seem beyond hope.
Perhaps the gift of silence was God’s grace to Zechariah as an invitation to be still before Him and know that He is God (Ps. 46:10). Maybe God gifted Zechariah with not just a baby, but with the sacred space of stopping and considering the wonder of the God who still meets His creatures’ deepest desires.
You may find yourself in a season of hopelessness and constant busyness. Richard Foster comments that, “our Adversary the devil majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in ‘muchness’ and ‘manyness,’ he will rest satisfied.”
Perhaps this season God is extending you the same invitation as the grace given to Zechariah, to slow down and know that He is God Almighty. -From Adventconspiracy.org
As we get closer and closer to the holiday season, in what ways can you intentionally slow down and spend time with the One who can meet you and powerfully intervene in whatever you are facing?
Remember to slow down, sip, and enjoy the stillness.
Grace and Peace,