How can craft beer help us appreciate the Eucharist?
I don’t mean having a pint before Mass. Rather, I am thinking about one of the craft beer industry’s most creative endeavors: “ancient ales,” as one brewery calls them. These unique beers are made using recipes and methods from hundreds or even thousands of years ago. For instance, ever wonder what they drank at King Midas’ burial feast? After archeologists unearthed drinking vessels left in his tomb (apparently the guests had too much fun to care about cleanup), a biomolecular specialist analyzed traces of residue found in the goblets. A craft brewer seized upon these findings, which indicated the use of Muscat grapes, honey, and saffron in the brew, to create a modern version of the superannuated suds.