Bill “Father Bill” Brunner

Bill “Father Bill” Brunner

How the heck am I brewer of the month?  I’m completely new to beer making, with the first batch of a Cream Ale in process.  While I am new to beer making, I’ve been enjoying beer for a while now.  I won’t quite say how long I’ve been enjoying it.

I discovered the Manty Malters completely by accident.  I sort of stumbled into it.  Not that type of stumble… I came across their meeting before I had the first beer of the evening.  I dropped in for a visit to see Kathie, and low and behold her side room was full (which is not all the usual for a Thursday evening).  Kathie indicated that free beer could be found among that crowd.  I thought, “what the heck, that seems like a good price!”  It turns out that that crowd was the monthly meeting of the Manty Malters.  I have felt welcomed among them ever since.

My trade and my life is that of a Catholic priest.  I serve the good people of the city of Manitowoc at the parish of Saint Francis of Assisi.  I love this life.  It’s also a good thing that some of the Malters recognized me from Sunday mornings.

Should a priest be brewing?  Some may not approve, but then again have you ever enjoyed a Belgian Ale?  I bet you have… who brewed those beers?  Yeah, those brewers were monks.  The making of beer, wine, and other liqueurs has a long history among Catholic monks, so I guess I’m just doing my little part maintain that tradition.

I look forward to brewing many other batches, and perhaps move into darker beers that I really enjoy like porters and stouts.





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