Day 17: Diet Starts Tomorrow

Day 17: Karen4 Brewing – Diet Starts Tomorrow – Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 6.3%

Our Advent adventure heads about 75 miles west for the next two nights as we enjoy two very different beers from Karben4 Brewing, located on the East Side of Madison. Karben4 has been around since 2012, opening their brewpub in the space vacated by Ale Asylum when they built their new brewery on the other side of the airport. Since then, Karben4 has steadily grown from a small brewpub, only serving their beer on site, to distributing throughout much of the state. In addition to increasing their reach, this wonderful brewery has started producing quite a range of high quality beers. During the different lockdowns and safer at home orders of the past year, Karben4 has been a leader in their community by encouraging people to support other local businesses, bars, and restaurants during this time. Also, they have set up their patio with heated domes, which are pretty sweet. So if you are looking for a wintery, but warm adventure, checkout their website and plan an excursion to support this great brewery.

The name of tonight’s beer feels like a good description of how many of us feel from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Eve, Diet Starts Tomorrow. This delightful beer is brewed in the form of a chocolate oatmeal stout, so as you can imagine, it will pour dark brown, almost black, with a nice cream colored head. Heavy malt aromas followed by dark chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal. The taste is very charred and roasty. Coffee notes with bitter cacao as well. The use of both golden malted and raw rolled oats in this beer to give it an incredibly smooth and silky finish. Since it is just a little more than a week until Christmas, until we look, and feel like the cat on the bottle, I think we can continue to have the mindset of, Diet Starts Tomorrow.



Advent Reflection


Isaiah 7:14 “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel – God with us”

Matthew 1:21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

These two verses never cease to stagger the imagination when it comes to the amazing gift that we await. God will dwell among us. Jesus, Immanuel. This child will save his people from their sins.



Sit in that truth for a few moments.

The purpose of Christ’s coming is to save his people from their sins! We cannot admire the baby in the manger without seeing the cross. This truly is the tension during Advent. The peace and serenity of the nativity scene (however made up that might be), is pointing us to the gruesome and dark scene on Calvary. Without it, the baby in the manger is just a scene.

The Advent proclamation that we await and long for is this: “the baby in the manger is the reigning Messiah, that the crucified Jesus will come again in glory to judge the living and dead, that the one who is to be delivered up is the one who will dispose of all earthly power and authority, being the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!”

Come Lord Jesus, Come. We wait. We wait for you.

Grace and Peace,