Classical Beer Review: Bruut Bier Gajes

Gajes is a heavy blonde that is hopped with a ‘nice blend of European and American C-hops‘. During the lagering process, the beer was also dry-hopped to obtain more aroma. This extra care taken by the brewers has not been without success. Gajes has won a gold medal in the ‘heavy blonde’ category in the…

Sophocles, Triptolemus fr. 610*

τὸν δὲ κρίθινον οἶνον καὶ βρῦτόν τινες καλοῦσιν, ὡς Σοφοκλῆς ἐν Τριπτολέμῳ: βρῦτον δὲ τὸν χερσαῖον **οὐ δυεῖν**. Certain people call barley wine “brutos,” like Sophocles in the Triptolemus: The dry-land brutos **???** *From Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 10.67 Background This is from the same passage that produced several earlier BCS entries: Aeschylus, Archilochus, Hecataeus, Hellanicus. This…

Classical Beer Review: Pontus Brewing Siren’s Song

Siren’s Song is a Juniper Ale by Pontus Brewing – the brewery formerly known as Brouwerij Pampus (for the story behind thát, see e.g. this article in English). Pontus’ take on a Juniper Ale is a little sweet in the nose, but upon drinking there is no sign of this sweetness. Instead, the beer tastes…

Plutarch, An vitiositas ad infelicitam sufficia 4

ὡς γὰρ ἡ κρόκη τὸ ὀστέον πρίει τέφρᾳ καὶ ὄξει διάβροχον γενόμενον, καὶ τὸν ἐλέφαντα τῷ ζύθει μαλακὸν γενόμενον καὶ χαλῶντα κάμπτουσι καὶ διασχηματίζουσιν, ἄλλως δ᾽ οὐ δύνανται: οὕτως ἡ τύχη τὸ πεπονθὸς ἐξ αὑτοῦ καὶ μαλακὸν ὑπὸ κακίας προσπεσοῦσα κοιλαίνει καὶ τιτρώσκει. For as a thread cuts bone that has been moistened with ash…

Frux, DEFINED

Frux, frugis (f) – the produce of the earth, grain, fruits, pulses, produce This word has a very broad and unspecific definition – much like the modern English word “produce.” In a beer-relevant passage, Pliny the Elder uses the word to refer to grains that were then to make beer.

PLINY THE ELDER, 14.51

Est et occidentis populis sua ebrietas fruge madida, pluribus modis per gallias hispaniasque, nominibus aliis, sed ratione eadem. Hispaniae iam et vestutatem ferre ea genera docuerunt. Aegyptus quoque e fruge sibi potus similes excogitavit, nullaque in parte mundi cessat ebrietas, meros quippe hauriunt tales sucos nec diluendo ut vina mitigant. At Hercules illic tellus fruges…

50th Classical Beer Review: Noctua Head Twister

BCS is currently back in the place where it all started about one year ago: Athens, Greece! Now, 50 Classically-themed beer reviews later, we find ourselves back in the city we have both come to love so dearly. So in honor of Athens, our 50th CBR features a beer from the city’s very first microbrewery: Noctua….

Strabo, Geographica 4.6.2

κατοικοῦσι δὲ Λίγυες ζῶντες ἀπὸ θρεμμάτων τὸ πλέον καὶ γάλακτος καὶ κριθίνου πόματος, νεμόμενοι τά τε πρὸς θαλάττῃ χωρία καὶ τὸ πλέον τὰ ὄρη. [. . .] ταῦτά τε δὴ κατάγουσιν εἰς τὸ ἐμπόριον τὴν Γένουαν καὶ θρέμματα καὶ δέρματα καὶ μέλι, ἀντιφορτίζονται δὲ ἔλαιον καὶ οἶνον τὸν ἐκ τῆς Ἰταλίας: ὁ δὲ παρ᾽ αὐτοῖς…

Classical Beer Review: Largum Dauw

  Largum Dauw is described as a spring beer (‘lente bier’) by the brewers and as a ‘Maibock’ on Untappd. The beer indeed tastes like spring, with it’s hoppy, grassy and slightly herbal flavors that reminds one of being in a dewy pasture where a lamb – like the one on the beer art – is frolicking about…

Ammianus Marcellinus, Rerum Gestarum 15.12.4

Vini avidum genus, affectans ad vini similitudinem multiplices potus, et inter eos humiles quidam, obtunsis ebrietate continua sensibus, quam furoris voluntariam speciem esse Catoniana sententia definivit, raptantur discursibus vagis, ut verum illud videatur quod ait defendens Fonteium Tullius: ‘Gallos post haec dilutius esse poturos quod illi venenum esse arbitrabantur.’ [The Gauls:] A people desirous of…

Classical Beer Review: Alvinne & Boundary Brewing Phi ³

When team BCS did Brussels recently, I was not disappointed by my first-ever Alvinne beer (Sigma – see previous post). Upon returning to Amsterdam, I found some of their other beers on draft at my new favorite beer bar Foeders and luckily for me, one of them was also Classically-themed! Phi ³ is actually a collaboration between Alvinne…

Strabo (4.1.2), The Grains of Gaul

προϊόντι δ᾽ ἐπὶ τὰς ἄρκτους καὶ τὸ Κέμμενον ὄρος ἡ μὲν ἐλαιόφυτος καὶ συκοφόρος ἐκλείπει, τἆλλα δὲ φύεται. καὶ ἡ ἄμπελος δὲ προϊοῦσιν οὐ ῥᾳδίως τελεσφορεῖ: ἡ δ᾽ ἄλλη πᾶσα σῖτον φέρει πολὺν καὶ κέγχρον καὶ βάλανον καὶ βοσκήματα παντοῖα, ἀργὸν δ᾽ αὐτῆς οὐδὲν πλὴν εἴ τι ἕλεσι κεκώλυται καὶ δρυμοῖς: καίτοι καὶ τοῦτο συνοικεῖται…