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Brethren Beer

December 8, 2013

I grew up in the Plymouth Brethren or the Darbyites, as outsiders might call us, to identify us with John Nelson Darby. In French this group was called the Darbystes. I was researching the Darbystes and the first hits were the name of a Belgium beer. I did not at first think that there was any connection. But apparently there is! Our family and our religious group, in North America, were complete teetotallers. We did not touch alcohol or allow a bottle of any alcoholic drink in our house – ever.

This beer seems to have had fig juice in it, so you could say you were drinking fig juice – with 5.8 % alcohol – so it was better than whatever else these people were used to. The ad says, “Recipe of our grandmothers who, considering the low alcohol content, would have attributed this drink to the Darbystes (disciples of pastor Darby) still existing in the Borinage.  [an area of Belgium.]

This links to Challies post about Arthur Guinness.   I had never really associated beer with Christianity before.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 10, 2013 10:06 pm

    “I had never really associated beer with Christianity before.”

    Suzanne, you are *so* not a Lutheran.

    Nor a Trappist, I think. 🙂


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