First, let me say thank you for considering me for Brewer of the Month; I consider this quite an honor. I began brewing a few years back thinking, as a Lutheran (LCMS) Pastor, perhaps I can brew beer in the style of the Reformer, Martin Luther’s wife, who, I understand, was the one who brewed the beer that brought people to Wittenburg (fact not checked!). Interestingly enough, when I was young I never understood real beer flavor, simply purchasing and consuming cheap, light beer. As I began brewing my own beer and understanding the richness of the deep dark flavors, I have a hard time accepting a friend’s offer to drink something that I can see through.
I have been brewing for twelve or more years, as I have lost track. When I first started, I worked to bring together different hopped and unhopped malts for my own distinct brew. Now that Mr. Beer has changed the old styles, I am returning to my experimental days of trying various hopped and unhopped malts for my own brew.
Usually at the first of the year I brew one or two special brews that I keep on the shelf until Christmas. Every year at Christmas my wife and I have an open house for our congregation members where I offer samples of my home brew beer.
My favorite beer has been my own variation of the Defibrillator Dopplebock.
As for sharing my brews, there are a couple other pastors in my circuit (area of local Lutheran LCMS) of pastors who were encouraged by my brewing and now also home brew, so we have begun a once-a-year sharing of the brews and sharing at other times as well. Along with sharing at my open house and with other brother pastors, I like to share with family, friends and anyone else who enjoys a good, full bodied beer (no wimpy lite stuff for me).