Skip to comments.The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too
Posted on 10/31/2017 7:57:18 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
...Every hip craft brewery today peddling expensive hoppy beers owes a debt of gratitude to Luther and his followers for promoting the use of hops as an act of rebellion against the Catholic Church. But why did Protestants decide to embrace this pretty flower, and what did it have to do with religious rebellion?... The fact that hops were tax-free constituted only part of the draw. Hops had other qualities that appealed to the new movement; chiefly, their excellent preservative qualities. "All herbs and spices have preservative qualities, but with hops, beer could travel really well, so it became a unit of international trade that symbolized the growing business class, which was tangentially connected with the Protestant work ethic and capitalism,"
(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...
Leave it to npr to besmirch Martin Luther’s memory.
I have read that hops are filled with phytoestrogens that could theoretically cause side effects in men.
Too much alcohol could theoretically cause side effects in men.
A lawyer, priest, professor and brewer walk into a bar. Bartender says ‘Hi Martin Luther’!
And all this time I thought they were simply fat?
As for Brewers Droop, Will knew all about many years ago.
It provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance
“Hops....chiefly, their excellent preservative qualities.”
So, I’m likely to live for quite a while yet?
Perhaps...but you might want to review the link in #3 before going too far with it?
And avoid IPA?
Got a suitable recipe from that period?
Is that why Calvinists are so bitter?
Luther did enjoy his beer. That is a known. You might read the book “Drinking with Calvin and Luther”. I found it very entertaining. It does sound like the quote at the end of the article is saying that Luther wasn’t a saint. Now that is totally off the wall and false.
- - - saying that Luther wasnt a saint. Now that is totally off the wall and false.
hmmm As a Priest, he took a vow of celibacy. How long did that last ...
From pictures, looks like he enjoyed food, in excess ...
... not a saint to emulate ...
He only sliced in half the largest empire on earth with nothing more than a list. That's nothing to hold in any regard, because he was human, and not Christ on Earth like you.
Henry VIII found them to be a wicked and pernicious weed.
Well, thats gonna put a damper on the craft beer craze.
All saints had sins you shouldn’t emulate... not a one of them was sinless. It’s just that they are not remembered for their sins, or for the secret battles they fought that God alone could see, but for what people saw, noted, and found admirable in spite of their human condition.
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