Beer and Wine

American Gods (and Nordic) are Coming

2017-04-24T19:04:45+00:00

In case you are out of the loop, the new show American Gods will be coming to STARZ on April 30th that will sure scratch the itch of all you Vikings and Game of Thrones fans waiting for a new series. No, it doesn't have much in the way of sword and sorcery-- at least

Spring Goddesses and the Origins of Easter

2017-04-17T19:29:10+00:00

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that the early Christians took a lot of their influences from the pagans of the lands they spread out to. The same is true of Easter. Obviously, Easter in the Christian tradition is the day that Jesus Christ rose from the dead

Cauldrons and Horns: Brân’s Celtic Drinking Vessels

2017-02-27T18:25:57+00:00

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

  • Toast like a Viking

How to Toast Like a Viking

2016-12-29T19:07:11+00:00

We already know that you can drink like a viking, but can you offer up a toast worthy of such a great warrior? For the Norse, toasts were pretty damn important. They were a way of celebrating your fellow warriors, your gods, your hearth, and your kin, so you better get it right. Here's how:

Norse Mythology Series: Mead of Poetry Finale

2017-02-15T17:46:15+00:00

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

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

"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

"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

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

Toast With Us – May 7th is National Homebrew Day!

2016-10-18T13:51:27+00:00

May 7th is National Homebrew Day! This year it also just so happens to fall on the same day as the American Homebrewers Association Big Brew, which is held on the first Saturday of May each year. The Big Brew is an event where bars,  hombrew clubs, breweries, and brew shops will host events where

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