Beer and Christianity
He who drinks beer sleeps well.
He who sleeps well cannot sin.
He who cannot sin goes to heaven. --An anonymous
German Monk Hebrews and early Christians drank beer. Pagans in northern Europe brewed their beer from barley, and even attributed to the divine Valhalla a special goat that excreted not milk but ale—a more warming, nutritious and social beverage. This may be why Christian monks in northern Europe, especially Trappists, maintained breweries inside their monasteries, which continues today in Belgium. Catholics have several saints to protect brewers, like Saint Arnou (580 A.D) the bishop of Metz in 612 A.D, who spent much of his life warning peasants about the deadly dangers of impure drinking water and pushed beer because "from man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world."