Christmas is less then two weeks away and it's a religious holiday for many. For others, it's a time to get together with family and friends to have some fun and a couple of drinks.

So that brings up the question: Do Religion and Beer mix?

Some people think of me as a religious guy. I consider myself more of a Christ Follower, but that that can be a conversation for another time. There is some controversy however on whether or not hymns were written to drinking songs.

Drinking and religion may not exactly mix but beer and religion do have some things in common.

1. Beer brewing goes back at least to the ancient Sumerians, who recorded a recipe for beer on a clay tablet that's almost 4,000 years old. This would have been at least a few centuries before the time of Moses.

2. Back in the 1700s, the Paulaner monks of Germany brewed their own beer to help them get through a 40-day fast during Lent. They called it 'Doppelbock'.

It's still around today. The beer was so heavy and malty that the monks could live on it for the whole fast.

3. People think Benjamin Franklin was a beer lover because he said, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

But that's actually a misquote. The quote goes back to a saying of Franklin's that was originally about wine.

4. Arthur Guinness was a devout Christian, and he created Guinness because he wanted to stop people from getting drunk on hard liquor.

5. The Greenbelt Festival in London is a Christian music and arts festival, and they have a tent where people go to drink beer while they sing traditional hymns.

I know people love to sing when they drink beer. I used to host karaoke shows and at the end of the night, I would play 'Amazing Grace'. I'd say that there was, "nothing like a Bible song at a bar."

I was amazed how many people would sing along to the song. Some would thank me for playing it and that made me smile.

Speaking of beer and celebrating, the 4th annual Binghamton On Tap event is coming to the DoubleTree by Hilton in Binghamton on February 24th. We'll be serving up craft beer samples with two tasting sessions from 1-4 pm and 5-8 pm and this year is a brand new VIP tasting session from 12-4 pm

We'll  also feature a souvenir sampling glass, live music, vendors and food available for purchase. What a great gift to give this Christmas season  to the lover of beer in your life. Get your tickets below.

[via NPR.org]