Martin Luther Luther Was A Brewer?

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Working at a Methodist church and attending a Methodist seminary it is often easy to become focused on the work of John Wesley and ignore or forget about the Protestant Reformers who laid the ground work for Wesley.

Take Martin Luther for instance.  He nailed his letter to the door of the cathedral and the rest is history.  Aside from that and the events that transpired afterwards, I have to admit that I know little about Luther outside of the reformation.  That’s why I was pleasantly surprised to see an article published in Relevant Magazine titled, “Martin Luther Was A Craft Brewer”.

I won’t post the whole article here. So head over to Relevant Magazine and check it out.  But I do want to highlight one section on it:

He enjoyed good beer.

Luther wrote about beer in several of his letters, at one point writing to tell his wife how much he missed the beer they brewed at home. “I keep thinking what good wine and beer I have at home, as well as a beautiful wife … you would do well to send me over my whole cellar of wine and a bottle of thy beer.”

I enjoy good beer too.  My wife would back me in saying it’s not that I love it so much I cannot function with out it.  What I love about beer is the fact that I can make it myself.  I can take the raw ingredients and through some boiling of water and the patience of fermentation, I can create something that not only do I enjoy but others can enjoy as well.  I guess that is why I was so excited to see that Luther, the nailing papers on the door of the church reformer, was a brewer too.

Head over the Relevant and read the rest of the article.