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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Zen and the Art of Brewing

At the risk of offending my Catholic readers, I couldn't help but admire this beautifully Zen quote from Brother Thomas of the Westmalle Abbey, circa 1992, as quoted by Michael Jackson in the Great Beers of Belgium.
"Getting beer right is an art. When you can do that, you can call yourself an artisinal brewer. It is the brewer who makes good beer, not the equipment. You have to have a feeling for your beer... know what you are smelling, what you are tasting. It's a question of being there."
A question of being there--advice for life. Cool.

2 comments:

DR WORT said...

Here's one of my favorite Zen quotes:

When you’re deluded, every statement is an ulcer; when you’re enlightened, every word is wisdom.

-Zhiqu

Mary Sue said...

Actually, it sounds like a quote very much in tune with Christian mysticisim as passed down, first by the Desert Mothers and Fathers, and then by their spiritual children, the monastics, for the last 1800 years.

(s) Mary Sue, beer drinker and student of Christian mysticisim.

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