The Feast of St. Arnold Beer Tasting
Come join us for the Feast of St. Arnold with us as we taste beers
that celebrate fruit, with noshes that complement them.
Friday, January 30th at 7:00pm in the Lower Hall
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
10037 84 Avenue NW, Edmonton
$10 recommended donation.
No sign up required, just come and join in the fun!
Arnold (Arnoul) of Soissons or Arnold or Arnulf of Oudenburg (ca 1040–1087) is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, the patron saint of hop-pickers and Belgian brewers.
Arnold, born in Brabant, the son of a certain Fulbertus was first a career soldier before settling at the Benedictine St. Medard’s Abbey, Soissons, France. He spent his first three years as a hermit, but later rose to be abbot of the monastery. His hagiography states that he tried to refuse this honor and flee—a standard literary trope—but was forced by a wolf to return. He then became a priest and in 1080, bishop of Soissons, another honor that he sought to avoid. When his seat was occupied by another bishop, rather than fighting, he took the opportunity to retire from public life, founding the Abbey of St. Peter in Oudenburg.
At the abbey, he began to brew beer, as essential in medieval life as water. He encouraged local peasants to drink beer, instead of water, due to its “gift of health.” During the process of brewing, the water was boiled and thus, unknown to all, freed of pathogens. This same story is also told of Arnulf or Arnold of Metz, another patron of brewers. There are many depictions of St. Arnold with a mashing rake in his hand, to identify him. He is honored in July with a parade in Brussels on the “Day of Beer.”
Miracles that were reported at his tomb were investigated and approved by a council at Beauvais in 1121; Arnold’s relics were translated to the church of Saint Peter, Aldenburg in 1131. St. Arnold’s feast day is 14 August.