Let me begin by apologizing for my absence. For parish clergy Holy Week and Easter are kind of like April 15th for accounts. But I’m back now and really excited to announce our latest efforts to promote a creative connection between beer and spirituality.
As some of you know in the last couple of years I have developed a friendship with Rabbi Eli Freedman from Congregation Rodeph Shalom (a large Reformed synagogue in Philly). We have worked together on the Rabbi, Priest and Minister Walk into a Bar presentations and since then have gotten our congregations together to brew and share fellowship.
But now the time has come to throw down the gauntlet and see which congregation makes the better beer. We are excited to announce the Biblical Brew Off. Each congregation will brew 3 beers which will then be blindly judged by qualified judges according to BJCB standards. The team with the highest total points from their 3 beers will be declared the winner. There will also be a people’s choice- each person in attendance will get to vote for their single favorite beer. That winner will then get to brew with Scott Morrison from Barren Hill Brewery.
But we will not simply be competing for bragging rights. Each team will be competing for a charity- my parish of St. Tim’s will be competing for North Light Community Center and Rodeph Shalom will be competing for The Food Trust. The purse will be split with 2/3rd going to the winner’s charity and 1/3 to the other one- that way no one walks away with nothing. We will also encourage donations and give someone from each charity a few minutes to talk about their mission.
It all takes place on May 10th at 6 pm at Rodeph Shalom (615 North Broad Street). Tickets are only $30 and can be purchased by going to:
That gets you unlimited samples of the different beers, BBQ from Deke’s (a local favorite) and a commemorative pint glass.
Stay tuned for more updates. If you’re in the area we sure hope you will join us for what is sure to be memorable evening of friendly competition, food, fellowship and of course beer. Best of all its all to benefit those who are hungry and in need.