Beer is Ryan Sweeney's Religion

Sweeney's new Little Bear Photo: Little Bear

"I went to this reliquary in Bruges, where they have the body parts of the saints. We saw people praying. They have this manger setup and there is Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men and Saint Arnold, the patron saint of Belgian brewers. He’s sitting there hanging out with baby Jesus. That's how integrated it is. Beer is there when Jesus is born." —Verdugo Bar and Surly Goat owner Ryan Sweeney, who opened Belgian restaurant, Little Bear, last week in Downtown. [Taste Terminal]