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Cauldrons and Horns: Brân’s Celtic Drinking Vessels

2017-02-27T18:25:57+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Categories: Beer and Wine, Drinking Horn, History, Mead, Uncategorized, Viking, Whiskey|

A burial in France from the Iron-Age housing a Celtic Princes belongings including an ornate cauldron. For many, especially in America, St. Paddy's Day is a day to let lose, get drunk, and get crazy. There's something of a negative stereotype to the Irish and drinking, but the tradition goes back way before

Norse Mythology Series: Mead of Poetry Finale

2017-02-15T17:46:15+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Beer and Wine, Drinking Horn, Food, History, Mead, Norse Mythology, Uncategorized, Viking|

When last we left our not-so heroes in Mead of Poetry, Odin the Allfather has disguised himself and indebted Suttung’s brother, Baugi, to him in order to get a chance at  Suttung’s mead, made from the blood of the first poet Kvasir by a pair of murderous dwarves. [Check out the first part of the

Norse Mythology Series: Mead of Poetry Part Two

2016-10-18T13:51:08+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Beer and Wine, Drinking Horn, History, Mead, Norse Mythology, Uncategorized, Viking|

When last we left the Mead of Poetry, it was in the hands of the two murderous dwarfs, Galar and Fialar, who had made it with the blood of the first poet, Kvasir. The dwarves had become emboldened by their murder spree, and went on to attract the attention of the great giant, Suttung, after

New Ommegang Game of Thrones Beer Announced: Valar Dohaeris

2016-10-18T13:51:15+00:00 July 19th, 2016|Categories: Beer and Wine, Game of Thrones|

"Valar Dohaeris," which means "all men must serve," is the traditional High Valyrian reply to "Valar Morghulis," aka "all men must die." Fittingly, Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale is Brewery Ommegang's answer to its previously released Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale, which is coming out of retirement for re-release alongside the new Game of Thrones beer. In

Swedish Midsummer: Drinking, Eating, and Assorted Pagan Rituals

2016-10-18T13:51:20+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Categories: Beer and Wine, Cocktails, Drinking Horn, Food, History, Holidays, Mead|

"Swedish Midsummer is a holiday devoted to eating, drinking, dancing, and assorted Pagan rituals," says the hilarious "Swedish Midsummer for Dummies" video found on Sweden's YouTube channel. Where do we sign up? While this holiday is the biggest one of the year in Sweden, it hasn't made much of an impact in North America (yet),

How to Brew Your Own Beer

2016-10-18T13:51:27+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Categories: Beer and Wine, Homebrewing|

by Holly Whitman of Only Slightly Biased At long last, the time has come to forge the next link in your beer-maester’s chain. You’ve graduated from your first timid sip of watery-lager to heartily guzzling your favorite lagers, ales, wheats, pilsners, bocks, porters and stouts. You’ve explored the gamut of beer offerings from Clydesdale-towing Budweisers

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