Mead

Three Ways to Malomel

2017-07-18T12:48:52+00:00

I have made a number of malomels in my day. In fact, they are possibly my number one favorite way to spice up any old mead recipe. Malomel Raspberry Mead via Robin Hill Gardens blog. If you are unfamiliar with the term malomel, it's simply a mead made like any other mead, but

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

Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

2017-02-24T20:45:28+00:00

Having listened to many of Neil Gaiman's books on audio and seen him perform live a great number of times, I can tell you for certain: there's no other way to read Gaiman than by hearing Gaiman.  If you don't know what I mean, then let me introduce you to his honeyed tones the same

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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

The Origin of Mead, According to Norse Mythology

2016-10-18T13:51:13+00:00

They say that knowledge is power. But in the case of Kvasir, wisest man in the world, his knowledge was mead. Or rather, his knowledge (and his very life force) would go on to become mead through some unfortunate circumstances, according to Norse mythology. The birth of Kvasir You see, Kvasir was the

Three Ways to Celebrate National Mead Day

2016-10-18T13:51:14+00:00

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

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