The Pause that Refreshes – Another Great Beer Story on our “No Pietests Allowed” Page, by Pr. Rossow

To keep from taking ourselves too seriously and to extol the heavenly  gifts of beer, cognac, travel and other passions, from the first day we launched the website  we included a “No Pietists Allowed” page on the site.

Not surprisingly Lutherans take their doctrine even more seriously than thier beer and so it does not get the same traffic that regular blog posts get. Every couple of weeks someone checks in with a new story. Here is an example we just got this morning from a reader named Mark. I hope it inspires you to share a few of your favorite stories with the BJS readers.

May 31st, 2010 at 19:39 | #53

There’s a beer I had once – Alpirsbacher klosterbrau – when visiting the Black Forest in 1989. In my memory, I’ve never had anything match it. An amazing dark stout, with a flavor that hovered somewhere between sweet and bitter without ever coming down on one side or the other. If ever a beer was a meal, this was it. Never seen it here. I see from their website they have lots of types, I guess I’m remembering the Dunkel.

Personally I am a Pilsner kind of guy but the Dunkel is growing on me. Someday I’ll share the story of my monthly meeting with my favorite papist. He and I meet at an authentic Irish pub and after two years I have really acquired a taste for Guinness so I guess there is hope for me. But that is a story for another time…

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


The Pause that Refreshes – Another Great Beer Story on our “No Pietests Allowed” Page, by Pr. Rossow — 65 Comments

  1. OYoung,
    You lucky duck you! It’s been 15 years for me since Ireland & 3 since being in the UK. When I say authentic, it means only one thing: an ex-pat behind the bar & ex-pats in the pub. If your ever in the Milwaukee/Waukesha area, the House of Guinness, Waukesha WI, it is, for me. Run by ex pats from Belfast. There’s nothing finer, than sitting next to the fireplace, w/a pint, singing Wild Rover or the Fields of Athenry. But, beggers can’t be choosers, so that will have to do, until I get back to Ireland.
    Erin go bragh!

  2. @Rick #15
    Rick: The first time I ‘toured’ the Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm was 40+ years ago when I was about 13 with my Grandfather (Lutch: nickname for Ludwig). My Grandmother went shopping and I asked Grandpa to take me there. He eagerly agreed. For one thing: No guys ever want to go shopping. Grandma dropped us off. Back then Schell’s was not a “micro-brewery”, it was just a brewery. No gift shop. No tours. And one really does not need name recognition products to enjoy any brew. Oh, it had a tap room: only that which is essential. I remember we walked around Schell’s and we met a worker who just sliced open his hand and he had a dirty towel around it, like it was nothing, and Grandpa eventually asked the guy the important question: where’s the tap room. “Oh, over there…help yourself.” We found the tap room, with no trendy Schell’s decor depicting their illustrous history, just walls, windows and wood tables and the font of delight which we sought: the tap. Does one need anything else from a brewery for it’s parched guests? There were no other visitors, and no brewery workers. It was hot, it was summer and there was no AC in the taproom. Grandpa proceeded to draw two taps for he and I. I don’t remember if there were more…at that age I probably did not not need anymore. The beer was cold and eminently quaffable. I remember getting a little foggy in the brain at Schell’s that day…and when Grandma came to pick us up, she was not a happy Grandma: “Lutch! You took my grandson….” You can imagine what else she said…and I can’t! But I remember Grandpa and I just giggled and Grandma scowled.

    Years later I took my bride for the Minnesota tour (Marriage B.C.: Before Children). and we went to the now-micro-brewery, Schell’s. We loved the Schmaltz Alt and in fact Natalie still has a the Schmaltz Alt T-shirt to commemorate our enjoyment of that beer. Here in ole Virginny one can not find Schell’s, alas.

  3. Recalling the liters of good German beer at the Hofbrau Haus in Munich in 1963.

  4. Imagine! 53 posts in less than 24 hours on beer (and a couple not-so-much on beer)

  5. Re: LS Conv Delegate post #57

    “Imagine! 53 posts in less than 24 hours on beer (and a couple not-so-much on beer)”

    Is it time to launch a Book of Concord Reading Circle and Homebrewing Society?

    Timeless pursuits, both!

  6. Rev. Schroeder,
    You wrote: “…Here in ole Virginny one can not find Schell’s, alas.”

    This is why one takes a trip to New Ulm, Minnesota, and stops at the MLC Bookstore while in town. Then, it’s only a jog to Mankato, to visit Bethany’s Bookstore and their Sem.

    When I was last at Valparaiso University (Indiana), I checked out their new library (well, newer than Moellering library which used to stand where the new Union stands). While their periodical section had CTQ and Concordia Journal, I couldn’t find a copy of Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly, or, for that matter, the one from the ELS (“Evangelical Lutheran Quarterly?”). You can find all of the above at the MLC library, even the theological journal from the Church of the Lutheran Confession. It’s nice to keep up on what is being discussed up north! But, alas, there is no tap room in their library, neither would they permit Bier there–even Schell’s!

    With all this talk of liquid refreshment, I just remembered the theological polka song: ♫ ♪ “In heaven there is no Bier, that’s why we drink it here…” ♫ ♪ On what revelation does the song base the first phrase?

  7. @Rick #60

    With all this talk of liquid refreshment, I just remembered the theological polka song: ♫ ♪ “In heaven there is no Bier, that’s why we drink it here…” ♫ ♪ On what revelation does the song base the first phrase?

    On Isaiah, I should think, where he speaks of the feast as having aged wine….

  8. Helen,
    Once again, you are just too funny! Love the little musical notes, to boot!!!!

  9. @Carol Rutz #41

    > Bird & Baby

    Been there! Stopped by on a pilgrimage back in the 80s. Would love to go back some time before alcohol, music and Christ are banned in UK.

  10. The BOC SD VIII mentioned Mead in the discussion on the divine and human natures of the person of Christ. A quick Google search lead me to which showed me how to easily make a gallon. It was so good I’m now making three gallons. The first glass was so potent I had to sit down so Pietists probably would not touch the stuff, but the Reformers obviously did.

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