Beer and Theology

In addition to loving theology, I am very fond of beer. Some might think that’s a little contradictory, and some might even call me a sinner for it. However, beer and other forms of alcohol has played important roles in the history of the church. Martin Luther in particular was notorious for it. One of these days I might find the time to write about the correlation of Alcohol and Christian life, until then, you can find an excellent series of post on the topic at my friend’s blog.

So what’s the point of this particular post if I’m not going to talk about theology? It’s simply to share the list of my 50 favorite beers. Enjoy… If your conscience permits.

(Note: The list is arranged alphabetically by brewery, and the numerical placement does not imply that #1 is better than #50. Also, I tried to keep the list balanced with a variety of ales, IPAs, and stouts in order to appeal to the masses. Further information about particular beers on the list can be found at

  1. Bell’s Hopslam
  2. Bell’s Two Hearted
  3. Bell’s Oberon
  4. Bell’s Amber Ale
  5. Bosteels’ Triple Karmeliet
  6. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
  7. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
  8. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
  9. Dogfish Head Burton Baton
  10. Dogfish Head Pangea
  11. Dogfish Head Red and White
  12. Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre
  13. Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
  14. Dogfish Head Midas Touch
  15. Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu
  16. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  17. Founders Backwoods Bastard
  18. Founders Dirty Bastard
  19. Founders Pale Ale
  20. Founders Red Rye PA
  21. Founders Imperial Stout
  22. Founders Double Trouble
  23. Goose Island Sofie
  24. Great Lakes Commodore Perry
  25. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald
  26. Green Flash Hop Head Red
  27. Left Hand Fade to Black
  28. Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey
  29. Left Hand Good JuJu
  30. North Coast Pranqster
  31. North Coast Old Rasputin
  32. North Coast Scrimshaw
  33. North Coast Brother Thelonious
  34. Ommegang Three Philosophers
  35. Ommegang Hennepin
  36. Rogue Juniper Pale Ale
  37. Rogue McRogue Scotch Ale
  38. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
  39. Schneider Aventinus
  40. Southern Tier 2x Ipa
  41. St. Bernardus Tripel
  42. St. Bernardus Prior 8
  43. Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard
  44. Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous
  45. Stone Cali-Belgique
  46. Stone Ruination
  47. Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA
  48. Three Floyds Pride and Joy
  49. Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
  50. Three Floyds Gumballhead
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3 Responses to Beer and Theology

  1. EP says:

    5, 6, 11 are amongst my all times. Sad you didn’t mention Southern Tiers’ Pumpking or any smokebiers by Aecht Schlenkerla (Urbock and Marzen, in particular). Super delish!

    Thanks for the plug. I’d love to know your (and/or Smitty’s) thoughts overall.

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