HBW: Millet Beer Tasting

Several weeks ago, BCS brewed a millet beer. This recreation follows a description in Strabo about an Ethiopian millet drink. The wort has since fermented, the beer bottle-conditioned, and the suds consumed. Now, time for the review: Prior to bottle-conditioning: There is the classic cidery, bread yeast aroma. The flavor is unobtrusive and unremarkable for…

Μαλιναθάλλη, DEFINED

Μαλιναθάλλη, ή – cyperus esculentus (tiger nuts) This is the original Greek word for tiger nuts, used by Theophrastus in his description of provincial Egyptian beer. This is also a Greek equivalent to the Latin word, cyperos.  

Hellanicus Foundations, in Athenaeus 10.67

Ἐλλάνικος δ’ἐν Κτίσεσι και ἐκ ῥιζῶν, φησι κατασκευάζεται τό Βρῦτον γράφων ὧδε: “πίνουσι δέ βρῦτον ἔκ τινων ῥιζῶν, καθάπερ οι Θρᾷκες ἐκ τῶν κριθῶν.” Hellanicus, in the Foundations, says that beer is made from roots, writing that “they drink beer from a certain type of root, just as the Thracians make it from barley.” Background This is…

Classical Beer Review: Tungri Dubbel

Last week I was reunited at last with my beer buddy Jamie. Attentive readers may recognize his name from various previous posts (here, here and here) in which we roamed the beer scene in the Low Countries together looking for Classically-themed tipples. Our latest adventure brought us to a relatively new craft beer bar in…

CYPEROS, Defined

cyperos, -i (m) – cyperus esculentus, yellow nutsedge, tiger nuts Cyperos is found primarily in Pliny (click for blog entry) and Varro. In Greek, cyperos is called malinthalle and is described in Theophrastus as an adjunct in beer. Tiger nuts are a yellow nutsedge that is found throughout much of the world. The roots are sometimes called…

Pliny the Elder, Natural History 21.70

Cyperos iuncus est, qualiter diximus, angulosus, iuxta terram candidus, cacumine niger pinguisque. Folia ima porraceis exiliora, in cacumine minuta, inter quae semen est. radix olivae nigrae similis, quam, cum oblonga est, cyperida vocant, magni in medicina usus. Laus cypero prima hammoniaco, secunda rhodio, tertia theraeo, novissima aegyptio. Qui et confudit intellectum, quoniam et cypiros ibi…

Classical Beer Review: Bath Brew House Gladiator

On a recent trip to England, I did what any self-respecting beer blogger should do and “drink in” the local culture. This included a stop at a local microbrewery in Bath – the Bath Brew House. As I was on a trip related to “Roman Britain,” I was particularly titillated by the presence of a Classically-themed beer,…

FURTA, Defined

Furta, ae (f) – the result of barley moistened in water (beer). Analogous to “camum.” The only known use of this word is found in Dioscorides Longobardus’s Latin translation of Material Medica. It is used in place of the Greek “courmi.”

Dioscorides (Longobardus), Materia Medica 2.70

De furta. Furta fiet de ordeo, que est diuretica, plus meningis ventrem inflat, humores viscidos nutrit. Ex ipsa fiet helefas. Quae dicitur ordeo infuse, quem aliqui camum vocant, quem pro vino multi utuntur, dolorem capitis commobet, cacocymu est, nervis contrarius, de tridico vero faciuntur suci tales maxime in iveria et in Britannia. Concerning Furta: Furta,…

Classical Beer Review: IMBĪB Spice De Mars

Another Friday, another beer review! Because I haven’t had the chance to do a beer run since I got back from my sojourn to the States, I’m throwing it back today to one of our December trip stops: Reno. We had a great time there and visited many-a-brewery, including a place called IMBĪB. With Kyle, his brother…

Pliny the Elder, Natural History 19.29(32)

Brevior his est et torosior amariorque inula per se stomacho inimicissima, eadem dulcibus mixtis saluberrima. Pluribus modis austeritate victa gratiam invenit. Namque et in pollinem tunditur arida liquidoque dulci temperatur, et decocta posca aut adservata vel macerata pluribus modis et tunc mixta defruto aut subacta melle uvisve passis aut pinguibus caryotis. Alio rursus modo cotoneis…

Classical Beer Review: PseudoSue Pale Ale

On my last day in the US, Kyle and I went on a trip to the Quad Cities to have a few beers. At one of our stops – Radicle Effects Brewwerks  – I had the chance to try pseudoSue Pale Ale by Toppling Goliath, the same brewery that did the Pompeii beer from one…