Geoff Loseeâ€™s homemade beer bears a label with an icon of his Episcopal parishâ€™s patron saint, Paul the apostle, encircled with â€śGodâ€™s Peace, Happy Yeast.â€ť His congregation was one of several that competed in the What Would Jesus Brew? contest in Wilmington, North Carolina, over the past two years.
â€śThe whiskeypalians went 1-2,â€ť Losee said after his smoked barley porter, Thuriferâ€™s Choice, won second place at the contest this past fall.
Jeffrey Hughes, another member of the Brew Unto Others team from St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church in Wilmington, won first place for his Dubbel Indulgences, a classic Belgian brewed with black plums, granola, and maple syrup to enhance the smooth, robust flavors. â€śThis is what the monks made,â€ť Losee said of the concoction.