This one would have to be one of the highlights of making the trek to Baltimore. The SBLAAR – Society of Beer Lovers & Assorted Academic Research – is having an informal reception today (Saturday) at Christ Lutheran Church from 7pm–10pm. The address is 701 S. Charles Street and is free (sponsored for Fortress Press). Afterwards, the happy punters retire to Max’s Taphouse to sample each of the 150 draught beers on offer. More information here.

I can humbly say that I have done the requisite exegetical work on such matters, in ‘He/brew(‘)s Beer, or, H(om)ebrew‘ from 2006. Indeed, as I argue in The Sacred Economy, the desire for beer lies at the origins of human society.