Guest Post: Reviewing Karbach Brewing Co.

Note from Sarah: One of my favorite parts about my presence on social media is that I get to network with all sorts of wonderful people. Today, I want to share with you a post written by my new friend Father Ryan Higdon. Father Ryan is a passionate, holy young priest who also shares a love for malty beverages. He recently visited Karbach Brewing Co. in Houston, TX and wrote a review. Check it out and say hi to Fr. Ryan on Twitter.

 


 

As a priest I don’t get that many chances to embrace my love of beer, so when a crew of homebrewers asked me to join them for a tour of a local brewery, how could say no? Add the fact that they were going to one of my new favorite breweries for a personal tour with the owner … Yes, please.

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So who is St. Patrick really?

As I sat in Mass over the weekend, I realized how little I truly know about St. Patrick. For it being a holiday I claim to love to celebrate, I have failed to get to know the saint behind the celebration. In fact, I’ve done more research on St. Brigid than I have St. Patrick! Shame on me. I’ve even visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City countless times for Mass and a quick stop-in for prayer. I never visit NYC without going as it’s one of my favorite churches in the world!

This weekend, my Irish Monsignor pastor preached about the real St. Patrick. Not the secular drinking holiday, but rather on the heart and soul of a man whom we should truly admire for so many reasons. After realizing this was going to be one of those really good homilies, I reached into my purse and grabbed my pen and Moleskine notebook to vigorously take notes on what Msgr. Frank was saying about this man. So much of what Msgr. said about the life and faith of St. Patrick resonated with my deepest thoughts and feelings.

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Podcast from The Jennifer Fulwiler Show

Jen Fulwiler was so gracious to invite me on her show … then she made it into her podcast for the week! It was awesome. Be sure to tune into her show weekly on SiriusXM The Catholic Channel, Channel 129.

Jen talks with author Sarah Vabulas, a.k.a. Catholic Drinkie, about how we can use our enjoyment of a good drink to share the faith and build up our communities. Sarah also creates a new drink just for listeners of the Jennifer Fulwiler Show, and Jen tries it on the air. 

You can listen here or below:

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Top 5 Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day has become an international holiday celebrated with beer and lots of it. It’s the one day a year everyone wishes they were Irish so everyone is Irish on St. Paddy’s Day. It just makes things easier when you want to party, right? You had that long-lost third cousin once-removed who was 1/50th Irish.

Going to college in South Bend, Ind., I learned a lot about the fine art of St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. We listened to Gaelic Storm year-round and were Irish everyday, but especially on football Saturdays! So over the years since college, I’ve taken note of the best beverages to consume on this lovely holiday. I present them to you.

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St. Texas Tea

Hello to all the folks who tuned into The Jennifer Fulfiller show on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel today! Thanks for stopping by.

As promised, here is the recipe I made especially for Jennifer and all her awesome listeners. Since Jennifer lives in Texas, I used that inspiration along with a twist on a common favorite by adding the St. Germaine (helps to also give it a Catholic flair). It’s almost summer, y’all, so start it off with this delicious Southern-inspired cocktail.

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