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A Good Catholic Beer Story - GangGreen - 02-02-2018

Something a little lighthearted for the day.

Quote:So you gave up dessert for Lent? Good for you, you wimp! Once upon a time, German monks ate nothing for the entirety of the Lenten fast. No bread, no salad, no fruit—nothing. Beat that.

How did they survive, you ask? By imbibing large quantities of heavy, calorie rich beer, of course!

Around 700 years ago, German monks in the town of Einbeck developed a specific style of malty, dark, high alcohol beer to help sustain them during intense periods of fasting. This beer became known as Bock, a corruption of the name Einbeck. Later, discontent with the strength of Bock style beer, monks developed an even stronger variant known as Doppelbock, meaning double Bock. This beer was so laden with nutrition that some dubbed it “liquid bread.”

Now, these beers were so delicious that the monks began to wonder if they were contrary to the spirit of Lenten penance. Being faithful sons of the Church, they decided to consult the pope. On the journey to Rome, however, the beer was subjected to extreme weather conditions, causing it to spoil and turn sour. When the pope tasted it, he was so appalled by the spoiled beer that he immediately deemed it an excellent Lenten penance.

RE: A Good Catholic Beer Story - Paul - 02-02-2018

And don't forget to have your beer blessed.

V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cælum et terram.

V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.


Bene+dic, Domine, creaturam istam cerevisiæ, quam ex adipe frumenti producere dignatus es: ut sit remedium salutare humano generi, et præsta per invocationem nominis tui sancti; ut, quicumque ex ea biberint, sanitatem corpus et animæ tutelam percipiant. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.

R. Amen.

Et aspergatur aqua benedicta.

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
R. Who made heaven and earth.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Bless, + O Lord, this creature beer, which thou hast deigned to produce from the fat of grain: that it may be a salutary remedy to the human race, and grant through the invocation of thy holy name; that, whoever shall drink it, may gain health in body and peace in soul. Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

And it is sprinkled with holy water.

RE: A Good Catholic Beer Story - jovan66102 - 02-03-2018

(02-02-2018, 11:52 PM)Paul Wrote: And don't forget to have your beer blessed.
Paul, I actually the blessing of beer saved, but I think Father might get irritated if I showed up weekly (or two or three times a week, depending on the number of beer I've bought!), ro have my beer blessed. :LOL:

RE: A Good Catholic Beer Story - jovan66102 - 02-03-2018

Apropos the OP, according to the 1911 edition of the Encylopædia Britannica, beer, bread, and cheese are a complete diet. All lenten foods!  :D