Day 19: Cranberry Gose

Day 19: Third Space Brewing Cranberry Gose – Sour/Gose 4.5% ABV

The founders of Third Space Brewing named their brewery from the idea that home is your first space, work is your second space, and the place you go to for an escape is your Third Space. They want the experience of drinking their beer to help transport you to your Third Space, even if it is just in your mind. Located in the Menomonee River Valley, just down the road from Miller Park, the brewery is a great place to grab a beer and hangout with friends in their beer garden or taproom.

Tonight we have our one and only sour on this year’s calendar. The gose beer style dates back to the 1600s and finds its origins in Goslar, Germany. The grain bill must be at least 50% wheat and was traditionally flavored with lemon and herbs. Nowadays we are treated with a wide variety of flavors within this beer style, including lime, pomegranate, and cranberry just to name a few. Cranberry Gose (pronounced go-suh) will pour deep red with a slight bit of haze. Both the smell and taste are tart and sour, with cranberry being the dominant flavor. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. Even if a sour is not your usual cup of tea, I hope this offering helps take you to your third space.



Advent Reflection

Scripture: Luke 1:30-33

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus…He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of his father David…and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Tonight’s reflection is adapted from a chapter in: “Advent: the Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ” by Fleming Rutledge

The closer we get to Christmas (less than a week away), the more tempted we are to retreat to the cozy, imagined world of the iconic Christmas. “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.” These lyrics suggest that the dream is behind us; the way to happiness is to return to the idealized past. Sentiment and nostalgia play a major in many of our Christmas observances. We bring out the ornaments we loved as children, we display little nineteenth century towns with snow covered roofs. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this and I absolutely love the tradition that my wife and I have created where we decorate the tree with specific ornaments and listen to specific songs. The tendency during this last week of Christmas as we start to get time off of work for the holidays is to romanticize the past. Popular Christmas music that you hear in just about any store you go into is popular because it trades on this basic human tendency to sentimentalize.

Advent, however, is exactly the opposite of all this. Nostalgia and sentiment play no part in the season of Advent. Advent refuses to dwell in a past that never was. Advent is about the future. It isn’t a season of remembering something that happened a long long time ago; it is a season of preparation for the great coming day of the Kingdom of God. When I think of my two favorite Advent/Christmas hymns “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, the lyrics read through this lens jump out at me in the anticipation of the Kingdom of God to come and for Christ to reign as Prince of Peace.

“By thine own eternal Spirit, rule in all our hearts alone; by Thine all-sufficient merit, raise us to Thy glorious throne” – Last verse in “O Come thou Long Expected Jesus”

“O come Desire of Nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind; bid thou our sad divisions cease, and be Thyself our King of Peace.” -verse in “O Come O Come Emmanuel”

Grace and Peace,