Beer with Jesus

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"Beer with Jesus"
Single by Thomas Rhett
from the album It Goes Like This
Released September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Country
Length 4:13
Label Valory Music Group
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Rick Huckaby
  • Lance Miller
Producer(s) Jay Joyce
Thomas Rhett singles chronology
"Something to Do with My Hands"
"Beer with Jesus"
"It Goes Like This"
"Something to Do with My Hands"
"Beer with Jesus"
"It Goes Like This"

"Beer with Jesus" is a song recorded by American country music artist Thomas Rhett. It was released in September 2012 as the second single from his debut album, It Goes Like This. Rhett wrote the song with Rick Huckaby and Lance Miller.[1]


The song is a mid-tempo mainly accompanied by acoustic guitar, in which the narrator ponders what he would ask if he were to meet Jesus in a bar, and have a conversation with him while drinking beer.

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song three and a half stars out of five, writing that "the song benefits from an inherited familiarity […], allowing one to enjoy it more easily after just one listen."[2] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a favorable review, saying that it "absolutely redeems him from the clumsy ditty that was 'Something to Do with My Hands'" but "it could be a tough road ahead for Thomas Rhett if this interesting albeit done before lyric doesn't help break him out with radio."[3] Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B+ grade, writing that "Rhett’s slightly ragged vocal is charmingly innocent and sincere" and "the production does such a great job of not getting in the way of the song."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Peter Zavadil and premiered in November 2012.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Beer with Jesus" debuted at number 49 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of September 8, 2012.[6]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[7] 1
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[8] 19
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 26

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 92
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 98


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Conaway, Alanna (October 10, 2012). "Thomas Rhett, ‘Beer With Jesus’ – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dukes, Billy (August 23, 2012). "Thomas Rhett, ‘Beer With Jesus’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (September 8, 2012). "The Weekly Single Recap: September 7, 2012". Roughstock. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (August 26, 2012). "Single Review: Thomas Rhett, "Beer with Jesus"". Country Universe. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Beer With Jesus - Thomas Rhett". Vevo. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (September 1, 2012). "Dustin Lynch Dusts Competition to Score No. 1 Album". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Week of January 12, 2013". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Thomas Rhett – Chart history" Billboard Country Airplay for Thomas Rhett.
  9. ^ "Thomas Rhett – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Thomas Rhett.
  10. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 16, 2013" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 16, 2013. p. 21. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ "American single certifications – Thomas Rhett – Beer with Jesus". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 31, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH