Saturday, January 3, 2009

Days of the Beer, January 3

The beer for today is Maui Brewing Father Damien Abbey Ale.

On January 3, 1840, Jozef de Veusterwas born. Jozef later would become known as Father Damien. Damien was a Roman Catholic priest from Belgium. He is known for ministering to people who had leprosy, who were placed in medical quarantine on the island of Molokai in the Kingdom of Hawaii. He eventually contracted the disease, and died on April 16, 1889. He is considered to be a "martyr of charity".

Damien is the patron for people with Hansen's Disease, HIV and AIDS, as well as people who are outcasts.

He is not currently an official Saint yet, but is listed as Blessed.

As to the beer:

Maui Brewing company is located in Hawaii. Their beers are made in 7 barrel batches.
Fresh handcrafted Belgian Abbey Ale with a complexity of flavors. Fruit flavors like plum and cherry imparted from a special Belgian yeast mix with a variety of malt flavors.
It comes in at 9.6% ABV, and is comparable to Chimay Blue.

So, for the Blessed Father Damien, have a Father Damien abbey ale.

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