Today is a big milestone in Castle Church’s young history. After dozens of sleepless nights, hundreds of prayers, and thousands of words of support and encouragement from family and friends, today, we
Jared Witt l February 9, 2017
I recently went to see a counselor—surprising, I know, given my cheerful disposition—and there was a question on the patient information sheet asking about my religion.
I don’t purposely try to be a smartass with stuff like that. Well, ok, I once told a dentist that maybe my molar no. 2 was sensitive to hot or cold because of his relationship with his father. So let us say that at least 60 percent of the time I try not to be a smartass with stuff like that.
But if I'm to be totally honest, it has started to feel even more disingenuous to say that I'm a “Christian” with no other qualifiers. So I settled on “Christian – mostly.”
Counselor: What’s with the 'mostly'?
Me: It’s complicated.
We have been invited to serve our beer at the Orlando Beer Festival in November, and have had regular requests to serve beer at church and community events. To accommodate these present and future needs, Castle Church is making a Draft Beer Trailer to take our brews and community mobile! All of the commercially available options were extremely cost prohibitive, so after some research we are doing a DIY build-out. It may not look pretty now, but with a some sweat equity and lot's of love, we will have a trailer you would be proud to have at your next event!
In the part one video, we prepare the utility trailer, cut a hole and mount the A/C unit, and insulate all the sides to achieve a R-20 barrier. In this next video, we finished the inside, installed the beer draft system, and tested out the electronics.
Our long terms plans are to cover the entire trailer with a graphics/logo wrap, and to hook up a battery bank and alternative energy source so we can serve and store beer off the grid.
Thanks for your support and let us know what you think!
Aaron Schmalzle is a mission developer in the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the ELCA and, along with Pastor Jared Witt, is a Founding Director of Castle Church Brewing Community and Castle Church Faith Community.
This video is a quick overview of the cleaning process that is necessary to successfully brew good quality beer. I'll also show you the newest Castle Church T-Shirts and Logo Pint Glasses that you can get to help our development campaign! Be sure to check back each week for a new short video about the brewery and our beer. Feel free to leave comments if you have additional questions or would like to see something on a specific topic in the future. Cheers!
Aaron Schmalzle is a mission developer in the ELCA and, along with Pastor Jared Witt, is a Founding Director of Castle Church Brewing Community and Castle Church Faith Community.
I usually have all kinds of words. That’s my thing. I don’t fix stuff with my hands. My ankles are too brittle for sports. And I was just an average math student. But words, I can do.
Except for this week.
For three days I’ve tried to come up with something to say about Orlando, this city beautiful that I’ve come to call my home—this unlikely little melting pot of misfits, who insist on forging together an authentic and one-of-a-kind culture just down the road from the heart of Americana. Nothing.
But maybe silence is the only thing fitting for the moment. Maybe it’s right that we sit and stew in this for a bit before we speak, before we offer up one more prayer, one more "our hearts go out to..."
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