Beer Quotes & Wisdom

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline-it

helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear

weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. -- Frank Zappa

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saint Arnold - Patron Saint of Brewers

Saint Arnold, a bishop born in 580, is considered the patron saint of beer.

He encouraged people to drink beer instead of water during the Plague. Indeed, the Plague suddenly disappeared once his word spread (though some suggest because beer was boiled in the brewing process, it would have been safer than water, which had previously spread the infection.)

He is credited with having once said, "From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." It goes without saying that the people loved and revered Arnold.

When Saint Arnold died in 640, the citizens of his hometown carried his body from Remiremont to Metz (France) for reburial in their church. On this journey, another miracle occurred - when the weary porters stopped to share their only mug of beer, they discovered the mug never ran dry.

Each July, Belgium's brewers pay homage to Saint Arnold at a church service. On this 'Day of Beer,' brewers march through the streets dressed as the 'Chevalrie du Fourquet' (or 'King of the Mashing Fork').

Saint Arnold was canonized and is recognized by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of Brewers.

A reprint form the Belgian Shop Newsletter

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