13 responses to Do the Amish drink?
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    Comment on Do the Amish drink? (May 25th, 2007 at 23:30)

    The Amish do have a German heritage after all, and the Germans do drink.

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    Comment on Do the Amish drink? (May 26th, 2007 at 05:52)

    Good point.

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    Comment on Do the Amish drink? (May 26th, 2007 at 07:00)

    The Amish ambivalence about alcohol was a surprise me when I first started visiting their communities years ago…..for some reason I had it in my mind that the Amish wouldn’t drink at all….but your post said it well, it really just depends on the person, not a centralized church edict….I’ve sipped Amish-made, homemade dandelion wine (yum) and seen plenty of cases of beer being bought by Amish……but, as you say, others won’t get near it…kind of mirrors the non-Amish population….

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    Comment on Do the Amish drink? (May 30th, 2007 at 09:25)

    I’m not sure why I think this, but someone must have told me this once: Do most “edicts” in the Amish community come from the local Bishop?

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    Comment on How Amish edicts change over time (June 1st, 2007 at 11:24)

    How Amish edicts change over time

    Hi Melissa–Most of the ‘big-time’ edicts come from the Bible of course, but when you get down to the cultural issues of say, what kind of clothes are acceptable (which is what I think you’re talking about-?), it’s usually a bit more democratic, ie if there is enough support for a change–say to allow a certain type of farm technology–there is usually something like a vote held. If people can agree on a change, great, but there is always the potential for a split or dissatisfied members leaving for a more liberal or conservative congregation. The rules for a particular district are reviewed twice a year at a special church service held just prior to the Communion service.

    The Bishop is charged with upholding the agreed community standards among his members, enforcing the rules with the help of his deacon and ministers. He’s not really a totalitarian figure as much as it might seem, ie he doesn’t legislate so much as executes.

    Kevin–dandelion wine–sounds great–I can’t imagine what that’s like. Maybe I will get a shot to try, I will be in Holmes County in 2 weeks.

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    Comment on Do the Amish drink? (July 4th, 2008 at 08:20)

    It seems a bit contradictory to not drive or have modern conveniences, which seems to be a type of gross abstinence, to allowing drinking and teens getting in each other’s beds and doing who know’s what. Teens in bed is just insane.

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    S. Graham
    Comment on Do the Amish drink? (December 18th, 2008 at 12:21)

    Hi, I have a question but please don’t post my name on the site. My husband and I live in Northern Ontario. We are not Amish but we live in style as in faith the Amish way. Do you know of any churches we can look into with thease morals. We find it hard on our own and the way people talk we need a good church community.

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    Comment on Do the Amish drink? (October 18th, 2010 at 17:03)

    I work at as the Associate Winemaker at Fenn Valley Vineyards, in SW Michigan. The other Saturday a large bus load of Amish stoped at the winery and tasted and bought wine here. I doubt it’s for their chickens.

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    Comment on Amish red beet wine (October 19th, 2010 at 04:21)

    Amish red beet wine

    Vernon, you are probably right, unless that is a new poultry raising technique I’m unaware of!

    When I’m among Amish friends I see the differing attitudes toward alcohol.

    At one home, an occasional social glass of homemade (fairly strong!) red beet wine is offered as a treat. In another, alcohol is off-limits for all members of the family–and that particular church as a whole takes a hard line against alcohol. It really varies among Amish churches and individuals.

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    Comment on Do the Amish drink? (March 16th, 2011 at 12:39)

    Don’t know about their drinking habits, but I know they do make moonshine in Missouri. There’s a mason jar full (well, about 3/4 full maybe) in the fridge. It’s not mine. and since I don’t drink, I can’t attest to the quality, but I’ll bet as moonshine goes, it’s good.

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    Mary Brandenburg
    Comment on Do the Amish drink? (March 16th, 2011 at 12:57)

    One of younger friends in Mt. Hope (around 32-ish) very much enjoys an “ice-cold” beer after a long day in the shop during the summer heat. Also, many families make their own wine and bottle it for use during their “communion” Sunday that is held twice per year.

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    Comment on wine and amish (March 6th, 2012 at 17:43)

    wine and amish

    I must add to this post and thought of taking the bread as the body of Christ and drinking the wine as the blood of Christ as well. Nothing is more sacrid than breaking bread and drinking from the blood. It’s what the apostles did on the last supper w Jesus.

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