Thursday, February 18, 2010

Patron Saint of Beer!

Since yesterday was the official start of Lent, we thought it would be interesting to look into whether or not there were any patron saints for beer.... Buoyed by the the fact that there appears to be a patron saint for nearly everything under the sun, we began our search!

Mugsy and Jugsy are happy to report back that there are, in fact, several saints overseeing the harvesting, production and - naturally - consumption of beer!

Although there are many fine souls protecting our beloved beer, one in particular really stands out: Arnold of Soissons.

According to Beer Church, "He is said to have spent his life warning peasants about the health hazards of drinking water.... Beer, on the other hand, was quite safe. Arnold frequently pointed this out to his congregation. 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."

For more info on Patron Saints of Beer, you can visit here and here!