Day 22: Evil Twin Brewery Molotov Cocktail – Imperial IPA 12% ABV
As we near the end of our adventure in beer, the former vagabond of a brewery, Evil Twin, makes its return with another audacious ale. If you haven’t checked out their website yet, I encourage you to take a few minutes to scroll through the incredible variety of beers they have produced. I love how they consistently take risks to create beers that do not taste like, or even resemble anything else in the already oversaturated market of craft beer. When we are allowed to travel again I would be more than willing to plan a pilgrimage and taste as many different beers as I can!
When you name a beer Molotov Cocktail, expectations are undoubtedly going to be high. Luckily for us, this beer does not disappoint, and will be an absolute affront to our taste buds. Evil Twin has loaded this IPA with so much malt to reach the 12% ABV that it is incredible the hops are even still discernible. Molotov Cocktail pours a copper orange with a white foamy head. The first thing you will smell is the booziness of this beer, followed by pine, orange, and tangerine. The taste is bitter and hoppy like you would expect in an Imperial IPA. The citrus flavors are present along with an obvious booziness. As a heavier beer the full bodied mouthfeel adds to the overall experience. This beer is not for the faint of heart. Enjoy this unique explosion of flavor tonight.
Scripture: John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Our Scripture passage tonight is very intriguing to me because it comes from the context when Jesus is preparing his disciples for his death. Jesus is reassuring them that even in the midst of the darkness that is to come; the betrayal, crucifixion, death, and what seems to be hopelessness; He came to bring peace. Our world is dark. Advent begins in the dark (if you recall from earlier posts). Advent is a season that reminds us that we are in desperate need of a savior. We are in desperate need for light to break through the darkness. Last night was the winter solstice, the darkest night of the year, and what a beautiful reminder it was for us that we are awaiting the light to break through. This light is what we long for. This light is what we wait for. My favorite Advent hymn is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”. I resonate deeply with the longing that is in the lyrics, especially the first and the last verses:
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
O come, O King of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind.
Bid all our sad divisions cease
and be yourself our King of Peace.
Emmanuel: “GOD WITH US”. This simple name reminds us that we are not abandoned, we are not left to our own devices to fend for ourselves and to move towards that which makes us whole. God has moved. He has moved to us! He is with us. He is our King of Peace! What a powerful truth to embrace this Advent!
Grace and Peace,
As we drink our ‘Molotov Cocktail’ tonight, and think about the destructiveness that it can cause, let us be people that throw ‘Molotov Flowers’!