Homebrewing

How to Toast Like a Viking

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:

Three Ways to Celebrate National Mead Day

The first Mead Day was celebrated in 2002 as a way for homebrewers to spread the mead love. It was first organized by the American Homebrewers Association, who still selects the Official Mead Day recipe that homebrewers across the country make on the first Saturday in August each year. The original intent of mead day was

8 Game of Thrones Inspired Mead Recipes

Hey! Put those pitchforks and torches away - yes, I KNOW that no one ever drinks mead on Game of Thrones. But I do! And if you clicked that link, I'm pretty sure you do too, or want to, or want to want to. I thought it might be fun to brew some Game of Thrones

How to Brew Your Own Beer

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

Mazer Cup International: The Best Mead of 2016

On March 19th, a massive swarm of professional and novice mead aficionados descended upon Broomfield Colorado for the country's largest annual mead competition, the Mazer Cup. In the mead making world, there isn't any honor higher than winning this blind-judged mead competition. Ryan Thomas, director of the homebrew competition, judging at the 2015 Mazer Cup

Homemade Hard Lemonade

I've been in full mead mode lately, but I'm fully prepared to deviate for a little (ok, a lot of) hard lemonade. It might actually snow here next week, even though it's April, but whatever, summer will be here eventually and I'll be ready. With hard lemonade. And a really big straw. This recipe was

The Skills You’ll Need to Make Killer Homebrew

I've recently found myself totally addicted to homebrewing. I confess - I can't bake to save my life (why do baking soda and baking powder sound so similar? Ugh!) but making mead is more like cooking on the stove - just throw some stuff in and see what happens. Of course guidelines are important, but

Drinking Games of the Viking Era

Guest post by Jereme Zimmerman, author of Make Mead Like a Viking. Above image is gameplay from Don't Fall in the Mead Hall by Viking Nerds. Let’s not beat around the bush. Drinking booze is fun. And so is playing games. Combine the two and you have a surefire recipe for good times. Whether drinking out

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