Saint Somewhere's Lectio Devina: Beer for Labor Day

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Doug Fairall
Friday's here, so it's time for beer.

Every Friday, so long as the creek don't rise, this beer enthusiast will take a look at a Florida beer that, hopefully, should be readily available in a local shop or on tap at your favorite bar.

Labor Day. The traditional end of the summer season, though, for us, it seems to just mean that the humidity might start to crawl down a few percentage points as fall approaches. Soon, notes of cinnamon and nutmeg will begin to dominate our beer palates (if they haven't already, what with the early arrivals of pumpkin beers), and the golden hues of summer beers will fade into our recent memories.

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So, for the final Florida Beer Friday of the summer, we're going to be taking a look at Lectio Devina, a blonde Belgian-styled strong ale brewed by Bob Sylvester of the Saint Somewhere brewing company in Tarpon Springs. It's "a cross between an abbey double and a saison," according to the brewer, made with "open fermentation with a saison strain and a dose of wild yeast at bottling add to the complexity."

The name Lectio Devina comes from a Benedictine practice of meditation, contemplation, and scripture reading that is to bring them closer to the true Word of God. In this process, the practitioner would not take an analytical approach to their study of scripture, but, as early Christian scholar Origen Adamantius said, "seek the meaning of divine words which is hidden from most people." Perhaps we are invited with this beer to think about its' meaning? How its' complexity and flavor profiles make us feel?


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