Dave: "I know that guy."

Me: "I beg your pardon?"

Dave: "I know that guy."

Me. Confused. "Uh, what guy Dave?"

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Dave is my friend who proceeded to finally clear up his comments.

Dave: "That dude. On your t-shirt. I know him."

I had forgotten that I was wearing a shirt with a person on it. Mind you, heretofore I had thought it was a character that the fine folks over at Lansing Brewing Company had created to brand one of their dark beers with.

McConnell Adams TSM Lansing
McConnell Adams TSM Lansing

I mean Joe In Black. Dark beer. Makes sense right?

McConnell Adams TSM Lansing
McConnell Adams TSM Lansing

But Joe in Black was indeed very real.

Meet "The Lord's Loose Cannon"

That screams "put me on a t-shirt" and that's exactly what they did.

He is Father Joseph J. Krupp.

He's not your run of the mill, hum drum man of God. What's he do? We're glad you asked.

God, MSU & the Detroit Tigers. Columnist for Faith Publishing, Pastor of 2 parishes & a school. (JoeInBlack)

His church is Holy Family in good ole Grand Blanc.

He's got his own YouTube Channel.

A direct quote from his twitter:

I work for Jesus & I’m kind of a big deal.

So what's the Joe In Black story?

Well this one made it's debut back in April of last year. Pandemic be damned. Joe In Black had arrived.

I searched high and low as to why the love of Father Joe was the inspiration to give him his own brew, and the best I found was the homage they paid to him on the bottom of the poster bearing his likeness and namesake.

"If you like your padre and your beer to shoot straight and clean, like a shot of whiskey from the Lord, boy do we have a pair for you." (LBC)

You can score the beer, the gear, and that dope poster at LBC in downtown Lansing.

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