“In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together.” — GK Chesterton
Born and raised in the Atlanta area, Sarah Vabulas graduated from Saint Mary’s College at Notre Dame. She worked for a Congressman in the United States House of Representatives for 3 years before succumbing to her knowledge of computers and finding a career in Information Technology. Sarah has worked for Silicon Valley businesses for ten years. When not traveling for work, she hosts a podcast with her friend Tommy Tighe, The Catholic Hipster Podcast, and appears as a regular guest on Canadian podcast, The Coaster. Sarah is always thirsty to learn more about beer, wine and cocktails, sharing her keen “Discernment of Spirits” gift with her friends at Catholic Drinkie.
Sarah’s first book, “The Catholic Drinkie’s Guide to Home-brewed Evangelism,” was nominated as a finalist for the top inspirational book in the Association of Catholic Publishers’ 2016 Excellence in Publishing Awards.
She loves Notre Dame football, the Atlanta Braves, traveling, 80s music, Apple products and a few fashion accessories that never leave her side. She dreams of one day having a drink with the Pope.
Purpose of Catholic Drinkie
I want to meet people where they are and bring them into our faith. I have been blessed with the opportunity to discuss my Catholic faith with many — even some that are fallen-away Catholics who are amazed that someone could be so faithful to the Church yet still have such a passion for beer. Have you never heard of any of the beer-brewing monks? So here I am trying to be a faithful Catholic who hopes to evangelize by discussing how a good drink and drinking legally and responsibly can connect you deeper with the beauty of the Church. This is a place for Catholics (and Christians) who love God, the Church, community and a good drink!
History of Catholic Drinkie
Catholic Drinkie came to life when I attended Catholic organization SQPN’s Catholic New Media Celebration in Boston, Mass in 2010. During the opening keynote, Mac Barron, a podcaster, gave a presentation in the vein of Apple’s Steve Jobs where he outlined what blogs and podcasts SQPN currently had on their rolls followed by blogs and podcasts in which SQPN would not be sponsoring. One of them was an offshoot of the very popular Catholic Foodie podcast. It was called Catholic Drinkie. The room erupted in laughter. As we were all busy laughing, it occurred to me that I ought to run with this idea. Lino Rulli and I were talking the night before (while out at a bar) and he suggested I ought to blog about my passion for beer. I’d given it some thought in the past, but felt like I didn’t anything new to offer to the beer-blogging space. After giving it some thought, I concluded that I love beer and I love my Catholic faith so why couldn’t I write about the two and how they intertwine? During one of the sessions on the blogging track, I sat down in a group of some amazingly creative minds and we fleshed out the idea (first half-joking then they realized I was serious as I purchased the URL on my iPhone while sitting there). It was that day when Catholic Drinkie was born with the help of so many.