Theology discussions at microbrews and pubs is on the rise! I have read more than a few opinions and news stories on the subject; Mark Driscoll & Mars Hill write about it; and my own seminary holds ‘theology at the pub discussions’ (see: Theology on Tap) in our city. Is theology served with a side of alcohol a good idea? Is it Biblical? Does it matter? I personally do not think alcohol or the recreational use of alcohol is inherently sinful, at least no more than is the eating of a nasty, processed, & possibly cloned fast-food chain hamburger. I won’t even mention what soda, pop, or soda-pop does to your system. Everything and anything void of moderation and spiritual discipline is a bad thing. I can attest to as much. The New Testament warns against drunkenness, and a spirit of drunkenness, not drinking. Yes, you can drink too much, or you can watch too much television. Both are detrimental to your overall spiritual well-being. You can eat way too much oatmeal & peanut-butter sandwiches, or you can foolishly down two-six packs and wake up in some parking lot. Balance is a good thing! A lack of balance is bad, obviously. Also, I would be very intentional about relieving recovering alcoholics from any pressure incurred by your advertising or pushing of theological discussions at microbrews or pubs. Peer pressure can be awful for those Christians in our midst who may not yet be where others are, as far as Christian maturity is concerned. The Apostle Paul exhorts Christians to be very intentional about brothers & sisters who are not quite as mature (1 Corinthians 8). We should do nothing that causes them to falter and/or fall. The final verdict re: theology at the microbrew or pub must be your own. It comes down to conscience. I would, however, suggest you get to building a theology of alcohol. Times seem to be calling for it! A Concluding Note: Personally, I prefer a great coffee and cafe, to alcohol and pub, but that doesn’t make one better or worse than the other, of course.