Who is the Patron Saint of Beer: History in a Minute (Episode 38)

Who is the Patron Saint of Beer: History in a Minute (Episode 38)


Hello everybody! Mr. Philip Campbell here
with Homeschool Connections’ History in a Minute.
I am your bearded nerdy history guru. Hey, who is the patron saint of beer? That’s
right everything has a patron saint. So who’s the patron saint of beer? As a
matter of fact, it is Saint Arnold of Soissons, who is of Belgian origin. He
lived in the 11th century from around 1040 to 1086. He was a bishop and abbot.
And like most Benedictine abbotts, beer was brewed at his abbey. This was
very common but the reason is the patron of beer is because he was very much
encouraging his local Christian flock to drink beer instead of water for its
health properties. He thought beer was much healthier than than drinking water
and during a plague in the region actually he strongly encouraged all his
people to not drink any water and just drink beer and his the people in his
diocese survived the outbreak of the plague much better than those who drank
water. Now that certainly isn’t because of any miraculous properties of the beer.
It was because unknown to anyone in the day the boiling when you make beer you
have to boil the boil the water with all the ingredients to make the beer and the
boiling killed a lot of pathogens that that you would have otherwise ingested
if you were just drinking water. So it wasn’t because the beer per se but
because of the boiling process inherent in making beer. But at any rate, St.
Arnold has gone down as the patron saint of beer. So next time you are kicking
back and drinking a cold one, after you’re 21 years old (!) you can say a little
prayer Thanksgiving to Saint Arnold of Soissons. Hey, subscribe to this channel
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