They Really Want Me: Churches Trying To Attract New Members With Beer-Friendly Services
Despite the number one rule of drinking being never talk religion or politics, several churches across the country are starting to hold beer-friendly services. Some are held in actual churches, and others, well, others are held right at the bar. You there, altar boy -- fetch me another brewski.
With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.
Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an exploratory approach to do church differently.
There's a nice long NPR article with interviews with some of the people behind the movement, which I encourage you to read if you're interested. However I can not encourage you to try starting your own beer-related cult. "But--" No buts, you can join mine but you can't start your own.
Thanks to Jeremy, who agrees getting super drunk really can be a spiritual experience.