Why Wine, Beer and Buttermilk?

When I was a young pastor in the multicultural community of Tampa I felt it was sometimes appropriate for me to drink a little wine, not simply for the stomach’s sake as St. Paul advised Timothy, but to be sociable.  Native Americans are wise to the resourses in nature.  I am interested in the Mesquite tree of the desert.  If you wish to learn more 0f the tree’s natural value to early inhabitants of the deserts click here.  Rivaling the Mesquite is the Juniper tree and its berries.

My Arizona cousin introduced me to drunken raisins.  Spread white (golden)  raisins on the bottom of a shallow bowl, cover them with gin and let them soak for about four days. Eat a teaspoon of drunken raisins each morning and evening for hoped-for, long-term health’s sake.  The gin is made from the berries of a juniper tree. Natives who lived in deserts before big pharma may have somewhat to teach us.

Goshen Brewery Company

A while ago a young woman who is a member of CMC introduced herself to Joyce and me. She said that she wanted to have friends among the older members of the church. We welcomed her. She told us that her fiance could not come to church because he worked at The Goshen Brewery Company.  This intrigued my Joyce, so while I was learning about wine and gin in Arizona we had a Sunday noon brunch date at The Brewery waiting for me.  We found the brewery building near the Farmer’s Market.

IMG_4315Our young friend came by bike to be with us.  The brunch was made of locally grown produce which we thoroughly enjoyed.  After eating, Joyce asked for a tour of the brewery.  My old knees were not up to the stairway down and up so I was content to look down at some of the huge vats.  I noticed the words “Mighty Menno” on one of the vats. A waitress saw me standing alone so she came to talk with me.  She was a beautiful young woman with “Mighty Menno” on her tee shirt. She did not look like a Mennonite to me, so I asked if she was one.  She said, Yes, and told me the church she belonged to.   It seemed to me that The Brewery is owned and staffed by Mennonites.  Joyce and I would like to return when the Mighty Menno is on tap.

Salad at The Brewery

Neither of us like beer.  I  like a little wine and drunken raisins.  Buttermilk is my favorite drink.  What do wine, gin, beer, buttermilk and yogurt have in common?  Each of the potions is produced by bacterial fermentation. Many of my friends scoff at buttermilk.  I offer this link in its defense.    I asked my table mate what makes the gut work.” Bacteria” we agreed, and he laughed and said, “That’s the way the system works!”

Gut fermentation
Wine, beer, gin, buttermilk, yogurt
That’s the way it works.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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3 Responses to Why Wine, Beer and Buttermilk?

  1. Jeptha Hostetler says:

    I do not know anybody that likes buttermilk, but now I do. I do remember that my mother like buttermilk. Maybe that’s why you live so long. Fun post. Keep up the good work.

  2. carroll lehman says:

    I don’t drink buttermilk, but I use it in pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and the like that we have for breakfast several times a week.

  3. Peter Oakley says:

    I love buttermilk! And I use it to make scones — nothing works better. There are a couple other fermented foods that I like to make myself. They are: Kombucha (fermented tea) and Kimchi (fermented cabbage). Do you make your own bread? That too is a fermented food, though I doubt there’s much bacterial product left after you bake it.

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