“Beer churches”, which chose to worship during Sunday evenings at local pubs, are a thing.
In Fort Worth, Texas, a group of Christians choose to worship at the Zio Carlo brewpub. The meetings are meant to be a way to offer “salvation and everlasting life with really good beer,” and its working. The weekly meetings attract 30-40 member a week and the group is currently looking to expand the event to more locations. Various church leaders are defending the creative way of worship. One of those leaders, Pastor Matt Bistayi, claims that “Drunkenness is a sin, … but beer or alcohol in moderation can be a gift from God’s creation.” Bistayi has organized a type of church meeting in Allendale, Mich. called “What Would Jesus Brew?” A Catholic organization is also using pubs as a place of worship. The organization started a lecture program in 1981 called Theology-on-Tap. The program is meant to provide young adults with a way to talk about their beliefs in a low stress environment. The program holds meetings across the United States, report the Huffington Post.
“I find the love, I find the support, I find the non-judgmental eyes when I come here,” Leah Stanfield, a woman who attends the Zio Carlo meetings, told Fox News. “And I find friends that love God, love craft beer.”