Tuesday, March 17, 2009

beers to you


"I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings; I would like the people of heaven to be drinking it through time eternal." -- St. Brigid of Ireland

Facts about beer from today's reading in the "Little Black Book":
--In the Middle Ages, beer was one of the safest, most nutritious drinks available.
--Bock beer is brewed in the fall, aged throughout the winter, and served in early spring. Beer festivals traditionally began on March 19 (the feast of St. Joseph) and often included the blessing of the new beer.
-- Many monasteries brewed their own beer, referring to it as "liquid bread" because of its nutritional qualities. This was especially true during the lenten fast, when solid foods were restricted.

Enjoy a beer (perhaps a green one?) today. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

4 comments:

Lora said...

How interesting!
I'm not a beer lover, but I'll have some green cider tonight ;) And Baileys. Not together, naturally.

Kim H. said...

Interesting little tidbits, Cathy. Those monks were pretty hip back in the day, huh? Didn't they also oftentimes distill brandy -- you know, down in their cellars?....

I'll either be having a Coors Light or a Michelob Ultra -- the only two brews I've got in the fridge. As long as it's cold, I don't really care what it is. Okay, wait, may be I do.

In fact, I'm gonna go crack one open while I make the sloppy joes! :)

Sarah (JOT) said...

Guinness or Harps for me. Yum! Cheers and Happy St. Pat's!

Christine said...

I always share a beer with my dh. I only like the top 1/4 because it has to be very cold.