Everybunny loves beer: Religiously themed brews
March 29th, 2013
02:30 PM ET

Everybunny loves beer: Religiously themed brews

By Nathan Berrong, CNN
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As the Easter Season approaches, I will be making a conscious effort to eat some great food and seek out some great beers. I’ve listed a few of those beers below, specifically, ones that have some kind of religious symbolism or background. Not to worry though, if religion isn’t your thing and Easter means a bunny hiding colored eggs, I’ve got you covered too.

Blessed Beers

Gouden Carolus Easter – The Gouden Carolus brewery traces its roots back to 15th century Belgium when Christian women were responsible for brewing beer and lived in communal settings known as Beguines. This beer (pictured), released once a year around Easter, is deep red in color and tastes of plums and licorice.

Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Saison – Sierra Nevada has collaborated with local monks on their Ovila series in an effort to create Trappist-style ales with American brewing techniques. The Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California, plays an integral role in each of the Ovila beers. This particular one, the Abbey Saison, contains mandarin oranges that were grown and handpicked by some of the monks.

- Dan Merica

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  1. Science

    Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !

    Where do morals come from?

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    Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

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  2. Doc Vestibule

    There's a brewery in Quebec that makes a number of religiously themed beers.
    Unibroue makes some ar.se kicking brews like "Eau Benite" (Holy Water), "Don de Dieu" (Gift from God), "Seigneuriale" (Godly), and my favourite "Maudite" (Damned).

    April 2, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
  3. In celebration of the resurrection of Christ

    Thank you Jesus !

    March 31, 2013 at 6:34 am |
    • End Religion

      Why not thank someone real, who took time out of their life to help you, instead of an imaginary creature?

      March 31, 2013 at 6:47 am |
    • jed clampett

      Jesus was real. Whether he is the son of God is another topic. Beer is real, which again is the topic at hand. Yeah beer!

      April 3, 2013 at 12:38 am |
  4. End Religion

    Happy Yeaster!

    March 31, 2013 at 12:51 am |
  5. bernelle aoki

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    March 30, 2013 at 6:08 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    I a m going crazy . Hearing voices. Someone please help. me

    March 29, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • .

      you are a poor excuse for a human being, stealing a name on an anonymous blog is about the most insane thing an ass hole could sink to.

      March 30, 2013 at 6:21 am |
    • ..

      Sorry, I was loathing myself. I am so embarrassed I must use an anonymous name in an anonymous forum.

      March 30, 2013 at 11:36 am |
  7. Angel Moronic

    Whoo hoo ! Now religion starting to have good taste

    March 29, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
  8. Agnes of Dog

    Oh my – now that looks like a beer. I've had other varieties of that Golden C – potent but very tasty.

    March 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • USMC 1371

      Just the way the Catholics like their booze and little boys

      March 31, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
  9. John Stefanyszyn

    ...and so Christ had been redefined into a celebration after man's own desires...food, drink, god of fertility....the freedom to worship any god.
    No wonder it is so popular.

    But the True Christ did not suffer, die , and resurrect so that man will say that it is right to be free to worship any god as per one's self justification.

    Christ will return to rule as the One King according only to the Will of the One God....and not according to what man declares to be right.

    March 29, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
    • rick

      annny day now.....christ is coming back.....yessir, annny day now

      March 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • Bob1god

      John, have a beer & then stick it where the sun don't shine. Peace

      March 30, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  10. Chilipepper

    Is that beer 10.5% alcohol by volume?? Daaaaaang.

    March 29, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      I don't think you read the whole article.

      The Lost Abbey Sede Vacante is quoted as being 15% ABV. Very much in 'barleywine' territory.

      March 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Chilipepper

      I just skimmed...I was commenting on the label on the bottle in the photo.

      March 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • Chilipepper

      And 15% ABV? Daaaaaaaaang!

      March 29, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
  11. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Easter Beer? Why not?

    But Nathan, which beer is the perfect pairing for hot cross buns?

    March 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Personally I'm a fan of the He'Brew, the Chosen Beer, myself.

      March 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV


      ever had a Maccabees?


      It's a He'brew. And a good 'lawnmower' beer for hot nights in Tel Aviv.

      March 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • Michael Moore

      You, sir or ma'am, are deluding yourself.

      March 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
    • Jodi Arias

      can prayer get me off the hook?

      March 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
    • A Conversation

      Jodi...prayer can get you off the hook–if it is God's will. But (and I say this as a believer), don't make any Christmas plans this year.

      March 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      March 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 29, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • fintastic

      @A Conversation....... "Jodi...prayer can get you off the hook–if it is God's will."

      . and where's your evidence to prove this statement true?.... being a believer is all about lying.

      April 1, 2013 at 11:50 am |
    • A Conversation

      @fin..what evidence would you like?

      April 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
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