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Brewing and Freemasonry

I was recently invited to give a talk at Freedom Lodge No. 118 in Lovettsville, Virginia and then at my mother lodge about brewing and Freemasonry. Freedom Lodge was a fun lodge to visit and afterward we went to a new brew pub a few doors down.

Here is the text of my presentation. Anyone who wants to use this presentation is welcome to. Just let folks know where it came from.

Brewing is truly alchemy. This is as good as the mystery of how to turn lead into gold. The way brewing works is really quite simple. Beer consists of four basic ingredients:

  • Water
  • Malted barley (or malt extract)
  • Hops
  • Yeast

The process of making beer is simple:
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Kena Shriners Homebrew Club: Can Beer Save Lives?

Homebrew - CA CommonI am working on starting a homebrew club at Kena Shriners in Fairfax, VA. You guessed it – a group for Shriners who like to make their own beer and wine or are interested in learning how. Because the Shriners need another club, obviously. Just kidding. The number of clubs is not an issue. We have many, and each is geared toward a specific type of activity or interest. It’s at the club and unit level that people get the most out of the Shrine, where they are in small groups, participating in something they enjoy with good friends.

Beer and wine aside, the purpose of the clubs at Kena or any other Shriners temple is to have an active membership. Active members are more likely to pay their dues and less likely to demit from the organization. The happier and more active they are, the more they will talk about the organization, and the Shriners Hospitals for Children, and generally raise awareness for the good works we do. The more people know about the hospitals, the more kids we can reach out to and help.

So can beer save lives? I say yes, and I am doing my best to raise awareness in a responsible way as the airlocks bubble, and one sip at a time.

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