Bog Myrtle Brew Day

Another in our series of SMASH Herbal beers (see Meadowsweet and Heather): Bog Myrtle! Please follow the links below for the archaeological and literary evidence for bog myrtle beers during the Greco-Roman era (and elsewhere): Bog Myrtle in Archaeology Bog Myrtle Pt. 2 Our brewday largely followed that of the previous SMASH beers. This allows…

Bog Myrtle Miscellanea Pt. 2

A bit more on Bog Myrtle (see pt. 1): I recently came across a 19th century article about bog myrtle in which the author describes the attempts by 15th-19th century botanists to identify bog myrtle in ancient literature, particularly in the works of Theophrastus, Dioscorides, and Pliny (see these authors’ references to beer in Ancient…

Classical Beer Review: Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch

Ever since becoming involved in this blog, I’ve been meaning to review this beer: Midas Touch by Dogfish Head Brewing is the first beer in their Ancient Ales series, in which the brewery collaborates with dr. Pat McGovern to brew beers inspired by ancient recipes.  Midas Touch is described as ‘somewhere between beer, wine, and…

Bog Myrtle in Literature and Archaeology

Bog myrtle (Myrica gale) has long been used in gruits, ales, and beers. Although archaeological evidence (see below) indicates a similar use of this shrub by northern Europeans in periods contemporary with ancient Greece and Rome, Greco-Roman literary sources are lacking for this plant and such beers. In fact, it is even difficult to identify…

Classical Beer Review: Gizmo Brew Works Arachibutyrophobia

After a nice hike in William B. Umstead State Park, Kyle and I found ourselves at Gizmo Brew Works. And whatayaknow, they had a Classically-themed brew on draft: the close-to-unpronounceable Arachibutyrophobia (the key is breaking it down into smaller pieces, i.e. Arachi – butyro – phobia. You’re welcome).  Arachibutyrophobia is part of Gizmo’s seasonal series. It…

Classical Beer Review: Nightshift Brewing Cassandre

We were recently traveling up to New England for a Classics conference, #AIASCS, and had an epic #beerroadtrip planned. We would go up to Vermont and New Hampshire to visit Hill Farmstead, Tree House Brewing, The Alchemist, and an awesome restaurant called Prohibition Pig. Little did we know that a toxic cocktail of United Airlines…

Classical Beer Review: Coldfire Brewing Cumulus Tropicalis

As promised, we had some awesome beer review’s lined up over #Christmasbreak. Next up is Coldfire Brewing’s Cumulus Tropicalis, a New England Style IPA that Kyle’s brother got a while ago in Eugene, Oregon. The crowler was about 3 months old when we had it, which is way past the optimal drinking time for a…

Classical Beer Review: Jackie O’s Oil of Aphrodite

While we are enjoying our Christmas break in #SoCal, Kyle and I try to keep up with tasting and reviewing our weekly dosage of Classically-themed beers. We already have a couple of good ones lined up for you, but just needed some time amidst all of the family events to sit down and write. First…

Classical Beer Review: Rocket Brewing Co. Morpheus

Last week I went to the famous Amsterdam beer store, De Bierkoning, to get some cool, new Dutch stouts to bring over to Kyle to the States (no photos yet, they are a surprise!). While there, I got superb advice about what to bring from the guy running the shop, Ton, and ended up in a great…

Classical Beer Review: Gregorius Trappistenbier

Gregorius is a relatively new addition to the Trappist beer scene. It is brewed since 2012 by the Engelszell Abbey in Austria. The beer is a Quad with added honey – also made by the monks. The honey is dominant in the nose, but upon drinking, you first get the taste of red fruits before…

Classical Beer Review: Pontus Nautilus

Ever since returning from the States in the beginning of October, I have found myself too busy to buy new Classically-themed beers (shame, shame, shame!). Thus, when I recently celebrated my 31st birthday I had to hit up my local beer store, Bierderij Waterland*, for a birthday beer haul (Thanks, Neal, for the birthday beer!). Nautilus,…

Heather Tasting

For the previous entries in our heather brewing trial, see: Heather in Ancient Sources Heather in Archaeology Heather SMASH(erb) Brew Day The heather ale began fermenting immediately and produced the strongest fermentation that I have witnessed from any of the beer experiments. The krausen nearly doubled the size of the original wort in less than…