Civilization and Fermentation – The Rise of Culture

Interesting article on how fermentation of alcoholic beverages goes back as far as human civilization and perhaps even back to the beginning of the whole universe.  Instead of the Big Bang, how about the Big Belch? Dogfish is the premiere research facility in the world for such investigation and recreation of recipes.  Cosmology and astrophysics down to the glass in front of me. Wow.

If you have not made a pilgrimage down to Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth, Delaware, you must do so. It is the Mecca of Microbreweries. I know that “Mecca and Microbrews” is mixing metaphors and might tick off the Allah-ites extremist. Yet, I believe Muslims would be a lot more chill if they imbibed in the spirits in moderation. All that coffee without completing the circle with a beverage to take it down a notch just ain’t healthy. All wind-up and no wind-down. But, I suppose, they can’t be Muslims if they imbibe. Just a theological and practical observation.   I don’t advocate intoxication and inebriation for anyone. The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Cor 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ” Enjoy ye the beer but not too much.

Myself and three buddies spent a holy day and night at the Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats on a late winter day over a year ago. Our pilgrimage was in three parts in order for us to complete the drinking of the sacred chalkboard writ of brews. At least I finished the chalkboard. It was my mission.

1) We had lunch…went to the hotel room and rested. 2) We went back mid-afternoon and completed another section of the writ and then went out and had sushi. 3) We returned and finished up the board. It was late. We walked back to the hotel room. A Rehoboth cop greeted us as we passed by.  A cordial cop…lovely.

A divine experience.


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