Beer Me

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"Beer Me" by Jane Korvemaker (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2017 Jane Korvemaker. All rights reserved.

Come visit me and I will offer you about eight different types of homemade beer. Four years ago, this might have been a far-fetched fantasy (especially for my husband). It might even have been wildly inconceivable. The fact was, I hardly liked beer at all – there was one type I enjoyed mildly, but my palate had a preference for wine over beer.

The time has come, my friends, to do more talking about an exceptional book that is just ready and waiting to change your life too. It’s time to reintroduce The Catholic Drinkie’s Guide to Home Brewed Evangelism.

 

If we talk about coincidences, it is absolutely necessary to quantify them as ‘God opportunities’ as well. It happened about the time my husband lost interest in one hobby that we were gifted this most excellent book by Sarah Vabulas. For some reason, our friend Fr. Darryl Millette thought of us when he met with her one summer and brought back her book for us. The timing was excellent brewing grounds for a life-altering change.

Apart from sharing some deep evangelistic nuggets of contemplation regarding beer, which our beloved Barb has reflected and shared along with a bread recipe here at Catholic Mom, Sarah also provided sixteen beer recipes, with a bonus Limoncello and Mead recipe to boot. Her stories prevail upon the first half of the book, and I especially enjoyed her chapters regarding the history of beer and monks (which really reaffirms my suspicions that monks will truly ferment anything if they get the chance *coughcough*Chartreuse*coughcough* ). It was the simplicity of her recipes that drew in my husband and I. Further, the recipes convinced him (specifically) that it was a feasible hobby to attempt. And that, my friends, is how a Biermaker Huis was created in our Korvemaker family. We have now, I am pleased to announce, progressed to a keg. The husband has dreams of more than one, but the progress in a year and a half has been steep enough. Maybe in six months. . . .t

My palate

We were on a trip to my hometown the summer we read the book. There exists in that city The Pacific Western Brewing Company who offer tours and tastings of their wears. While I had to leave town early to visit before a wedding we were attending, my husband went on a tour and tasting. He discovered cherry beer. Once he described it to me, I became convinced that I could like beer. In fact, I became utterly and determinedly convinced that I was going to make it work. And so, I did.

While we haven’t perfected the cherry beer yet (we try every year with fresh cherries), it has taken us traveling down a long, winding, and golden (or amber, depending on the brew) pathway that has been such a joy. The hubby has discovered a slew of beer making podcasts that he enjoys, I enjoy trying to make sense of the talk and trends (smoked beer?!), and we have three avenues of evangelization – sharing the fruits of the journey with others, discovering others, especially Catholics, in our city who are making beer (perhaps a Catholic guild is in order?), and also teaching the new generation about this hobby.

"Beer Me" by Jane Korvemaker (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2017 Jane Korvemaker. All rights reserved.

She Declared

My daughter, who is four, has declared unto us that when she is an adult she would like to be a ‘Master Beerer.’ We are enthralled at the idea that she would like to pursue beer making, but given her way with words, she may also mean that she would just like to master drinking the beers (which is not a bad thing, if in moderation). My youngest, who is nearly three, calls nearly every non-water drink ‘beer’ because that is typically what we drink at home when it isn’t water. And while we were in Mexico last year, when the waiter would come by and ask what we would like to drink, I would often hear my now seven-year-old son repeat in a low voice just as the waiter was passing, ‘Cerveza, por favor.’ Clearly, this hobby has overtaken our house in more ways than just physical space.

In a conversation at a party recently it was suggested that for next year’s homeschool science fair it might be a clever idea to enter a beer-making science project. Am I surprised? I shouldn’t be at this point. Homemade beer has infiltrated our lives and we really couldn’t be happier. Why wouldn’t it be included in our school curriculum?

This mere coincidental hobby has been changing our lives – it is earthy, it is a joy, and it is sharable – just like Jesus. Don’t wait for a new hobby – Sarah Vabulas’ book will get you started on something that is irresistible. And if you start within the next month, you’ll have a batch brewed for the beginning of summer – perfect for the deck! Just be forewarned – if you teach a mom how to make beer, she’s going to want to make a keg. . . .

"Beer Me" by Jane Korvemaker (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2017 Jane Korvemaker. All rights reserved.

If you’re looking to have an adventure, you can go ahead and purchase The Catholic Drinkie’s Guide to Home Brewed Evangelism right here and also support Catholic Mom with your purchase!

Copyright 2017 Jane Korvemaker

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About Author

Jane Korvemaker loves food, family, wine, and God (perhaps not in that order). She holds a Certificate in Culinary Arts, which pairs perfectly with her Bachelor in Theology. A former Coordinator of Youth Ministry, she writes from the beautiful and cold province of Saskatchewan, Canada. She works from home and takes care of her three very hard-working children. Jane regularly blogs at www.ajk2.ca.

6 Comments

  1. This post was so relatable! My husband and I own a brewpub in Wisconsin, and when he converted to Catholicism he naturally claimed St. Arnold of Metz as his patron saint. We have three little kids who love the book “Good Night Brew.” My 4-year-old daughter recently wanted some punch at a church function, but first asked, “Is this for kids, or does it have booze in it?”! I do love the idea of using beer as a catalyst for evangelism, and have found that lost sheep are (at least in the beginning) often much more willing to bear their souls on a barstool than in a church pew! (I also blog at http://www.kaylaknaack.com and our brewery’s website is http://www.pigeonriver.com)

    • Kayla, I think I might have to buy this book that you speak of – it sounds great! Thanks for mentioning it!

      I’m so intrigued about your brewpub! How did you get started in it??? We have started having a BBQ celebration every July 18th for St. Arnulf of Metz and we bring out the beers we have on hand!

      And I love your website 🙂 The Pigeon River link doesn’t seem to be working though…

      • Ah, silly me! It’s http://www.pigeonriverbrewing.com.

        How did we start? Well, my hubby’s been brewing beer since high school, became the brew-club president in college, and then we bought a hole-in-the-wall local restaurant with retrofitted dairy tanks with our wedding money. We opened on St. Arnulf of Metz day. Five years later, we’re in a new location with a brand-new brew system, full-service restaurant, and about twenty employees. It’s been a trip. Good luck with your brewing adventures!

  2. We bought my husband a Mr. Brew kit for Father’s Day several years ago along with Home Brewed Evangelism, and that got him started brewing! My kids seem to enjoy the science side of it. I only wish we had more room for him. It takes over our small kitchen for a whole day when he’s brewing or bottling.

    If your kids are interested in non-alcoholic brewing, my oldest son (13) bought the book Homemade Rootbeer, Soda & Pop by Stephen Cresswell and has made a couple of recipes from it!

    • Carolyn! So great to hear about making it a family thing! And yes – it completely takes over our kitchen as well, and into the next morning as everything air-dries :S And I don’t think we’ve ever learned so much about sanitizers…. I love that Sarah’s book inspired your husband as well!

      Kids are definitely interesting in brewing, I will need to grab that book! Thanks for the recommendation!

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