Part 2: Cellars, Cross-contamination, and Fermentation (Pliny the Elder 14.49[27])

Picari oportere protinus a canis ortu, postea perfundi marina aqua aut salsa, dein cinere e sarmentis aspergi vel argilla, abstersa murra suffiri ipsasque saepius cellas. inbecilla vina demissis in terram doliis servanda, valida expositis. numquam inplenda [. . .] aperiri vetant nisi sereno die, vetant austro flante lunave plena. flos vini candidus probatur; rubens triste…

Cellars, Cross-contamination, and Fermentation Vessels! (Pliny the Elder 14.49[27])

Magna et collecto iam vino differentia in caelo. circa alpes ligneis vasis condunt tectisque cingunt atque etiam hieme gelida ignibus rigorem arcent. rarum dictu, sed aliquando visum, ruptis vasis stetere glaciatae moles, prodigii modo, quoniam vini natura non gelascit; alias ad frigus stupet tantum. mitiores plagae doliis condunt infodiuntque terrae tota aut ad portionem situs….

Classical Beer Review: Pliny the Younger

This guest review comes from Chris and Laurissa (Kyle’s siblings) who had the opportunity to attend the release of Pliny the Younger for the second straight year. On February 8, 2018, we went to Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California to try the annual Pliny the Younger release. This is our second year…

Bog Myrtle Beer Tasting

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 Bog Myrtle SMASH(erb) Brew Day The bog myrtle beer had a fantastic fermentation and reach…

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…