Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

TUESDAY PREFUNK: Trappist craft beer before The Brand New Testament

Ron Swarner


TUESDAY, JAN. 31 2017: And it was good …

The Grand Cinema + Peaks and Pints = Heavenly


Cheerily sacrilegious, the inventive comic fantasy The Brand New Testament by Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael is narrated by a 10-year-old girl in Brussels (Pili Groyne) who’s neglected by her drunken mother (Yolande Moreau) and beaten by her frustrated father (Benoît Poelvoorde). Imagining him as God and herself as Jesus’s kid sister, she vows revenge and hits the streets to recruit a homeless man as her Peter and various other lost souls as her disciples. Catch this wackiness at 1 and 6:30 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

PREFUNK: In keeping with the religious theme, let’s meet Arnold of Soissons, the patron saint of hop-pickers. He received the nametag because he preached in the hop-growing region of Brabant, in what is now Belgium. He pulled his beer proliferation number after a monastery roof collapsed in Flanders, destroying the monks’ supply of beer. With only a few sad barrels remaining, Arnold asked God to lend a hand. The barrels multiplied, the monks and townsfolk rejoiced, and Arnold was popularly canonized on the spot. In honor of Arnold of Soissons, Peaks and Pints suggest you drop by our Proctor District lodge and partake in Westmalle’s Tripel. In 1836 the Westmalle monastery in Belgium became a Trappist Abbey and began brewing beer shortly thereafter. The holy suds they produced started out as an insider-only deal — a choice beverage to be made and enjoyed by Trappists and Trappists alone, but eventually they decided to expand and opened up a public beer hall in the early 1930s. Since then their business has expanded, and now employs a computer-controlled brewing hall and a sizable secular staff to assist in the operation. But despite technological advancements, tradition still reigns supreme, and Westmalle uses the same ingredients they did in the beginning — water, malt, hops, candi sugar, and yeast — to produce their Tripel, an exceptional beer, with a great deal of finesse and elegance and a splendid enduring aftertaste. Grab the Westmalle Tripel out of our cooler, pair it with one of our sandwiches and enjoy its bitter touch balanced by the fruity aroma.