Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Bunnies Bringing Easter Joy

The rabbit has long been associated with Easter. Pagan Germanic tribes worshiped Eostroa, a Teutonic goddess of fertility, whose symbol was a rabbit around the vernal equinox. The Catholic church syncretically incorporated this traditions in the 15th century with Christian overtones. The fecund fertility of the rabbit reaffirmed how the feast of the resurrection brought new life to the world. Moreover, medieval people thought that the rabbit could reproduce without losing its virginity, thus it was a reminder of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 The Easter Bunny originated among German Lutherans in the late 17th century as the Easter Hare acted as a judge as to whether children were naughty at the start of Eastertide. Pennsylvanian Dutch folklore in America had the Osterhase giving gift of colored eggs that they made in their caps and bonnets only to the good children. Germans were also the first to make chocolate Easter eggs in the 19th century. The tradition spread in America that the Easter Bunny delivered baskets of treats to children on Easter. Walt Disney built upon this folk tradition with his Silly Symphonies Funny Little Bunnies (1934) short.

But what would make these funny bunnies really happy is Bos Keun a seasonal Passbier (Easter Beer)  brewed by Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers in Essen, Belgium.

These Flemish "Mad Brewers"produce Bos Keun (meaning "rabbit in woods") is a blond Belgian strong beer which is 7% ABV that uses pale malt, Goldings hops, candy sugar and is bottle conditioned.  Let the children enjoy their chocolate Easter eggs and let the beer connoinsseurs "Paas" with some Bos Keun

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