Arnold was born to a prominent Austrian family in the year 580. Even
back in those days the Austrians were famous for their love of beer,
and admired for their brewing prowess. Beer was a proud Austrian
tradition that was not wasted on young Arnold.
a young man, Arnold entered the priesthood and began moving his way
up that earliest of all career ladders. At the age of 32, he was
given the title Bishop, and in 612 was named "Arnold, Bishop
of Metz." (Metz is in France.)
is said to have spent his life warning peasants about the health
hazards of drinking water. Water was not necessarily safe to drink
during the dark ages, especially around towns and villages. Nasty
stuff. Arnold always had the well-being of his followers close at
on the other hand, was quite safe. Arnold frequently pointed this out
to his congregation. He is credited with having once said, "From
man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." It goes
without saying that the people loved and revered Arnold.
627, Saint Arnold retired to a monastery near Remiremont, France, where
he died and was buried in 640.
641, the citizens of Metz requested that Saint Arnold's body be exhumed
and carried from the monastery to the town of Metz for reburial in
their local church - The church where Arnold had so frequently preached
the virtues of beer. Their request was granted.
was a long and thirsty journey, especially since they were carrying
a dead bishop. As the ceremonial procession passed through the town
of Champignuelles, the tired processionals stopped for a rest and went
into a tavern for a drink of their favorite beverage - Beer. Much to
their dismay, they were informed that there was only one mug
of beer left, and that they would have to share it. That mug never
ran dry and the thirsty crowd was satisfied.
Saint needs a miracle. That's how the Church decides you are a Saint.
The story of the miracle mug of beer spread and eventually Arnold was
canonized by the Catholic Church for it.
Arnold is recognized by the Catholic Church as the Patron Saint of
man's sweat and God's love,beer came into the world
Mother's in the kitchen washing out the jugs,
Sister's in the pantry bottling the suds,
Father's in the cellar mixing up the hops'
Johnny's on the front porch watching for the cops.
You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps
if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the
very least you need a beer.
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your
Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken
out of me.
He was a wise man who invented beer.
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her.
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes beer
shoot out your nose.
--Deep Thought, Jack Handy
Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh,
I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not
go nearly as well with pizza.
The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.
Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.
Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen,
for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer
They who drink beer will think beer.
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
--For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemmingway
the best known Irish saint after Patrick is Saint Brigid (b. 457,
d. 525). Known as "the Mary of the Gael," Brigid founded the monastery
of Kildare and was known for spirituality, charity, and compassion.
St. Brigid also was a generous, beer-loving woman. She worked in
a leper colony which found itself without beer, "For when the lepers
she nursed implored her for beer, and there was none to be had,
she changed the water, which was used for the bath, into an excellent
beer, by the sheer strength of her blessing and dealt it out to
the thirsty in plenty." Brigid is said to have changed her dirty
bathwater into beer so that visiting clerics would have something
to drink. Obviously this trait would endear her to many a beer
lover. She also is reputed to have supplied beer out of one barrel
to eighteen churches, which sufficed from Maundy Thursday to the
end of paschal time. A poem attributed to Brigid in the Brussel's
library begins with the lines "I should like a great lake of ale,
for the King of the Kings. I should like the family of Heaven to
be drinking it through time eternal."
The Blessed Saint Arnold
The following pieces of music are Standard MIDI
files, and MIDI files will sound different on each system depending
upon what software and sound card you are using.
Bring Us Here Good Ale
Be Peace, Ye Make Me Spill My Ale!
The Sin Of Being Sober
Come Drink With Me
Come Let Us Drink
I Am Athirst
Ale & Tobacco
A small collection sequenced by "Tom Brusky"
Beer Barrel Polka
In Heaven There Is No Beer
(and that's why we drink it here)
Summer Beer - (This is a unique jazz style piano improvisation
and I don't have the slightest idea who sequenced this one.)
All For Me Grog
An Old Man and His Ale
Cakes & Ale
Draught Of Ale
Have A Drink With Me
Let's Have A Beer
The Ale Wife & Her Barrel
Too Much Beer
And we end with a couple of classic old
Celtic bagpipe tunes.........
Two Pints O' Heavy
The Man Who Went Out For Beer