Water Treatments: Pliny the Elder, 14.44(24)

verum et de apparatu vini dixisse conveniat, cum graeci privatim ea praecepta condiderint artemque fecerint, sicut euphronius et aristomachus et commiades et hicesius. africa gypso mitigat asperitatem nec non aliquibus partibus sui calce. graecia argilla aut marmore aut sale aut mari lenitatem excitat, italiae pars aliqua crapulana pice, ac resina condire musta volgare ei est…

Classical Beer Review: Orpheus Abandon All Hope

In this earlier review of Orpheus’ Atalanta, I expressed the hope that one day we would get our hands on another one of their brews so we could do a post that centered around the mythological figure Orpheus. Thus, when we went down to Georgia, the fates must have aligned when we found ‘Abandon All…

The Konuza Case Reopened: Part I of a new series.

A couple of months ago, BCS did a series on recreating a Paeonian beer mentioned by Hecataeus. The beer, parabiēn or parabias, supposedly was made with millet and an adjunct called konuza. Konuza is usually translated as ‘fleabane,’ a name commonly applied to various species belonging to the very large Asteraceae or daisy family. A brief search into…

Aeschylus, Suppliants ll. 952-953

Κῆρυξ ἔοιγμεν ἤδη πόλεμον ἀρεῖσθαι νέον. εἴη δὲ νίκη καὶ κράτη τοῖς ἄρσεσιν. Βασιλεύς ἀλλ᾽ ἄρσενάς τοι τῆσδε γῆς οἰκήτορας εὑρήσετ᾽ οὐ πίνοντας ἐκ κριθῶν μέθυ. Herald We seem to be about to involve ourselves in a new war Let victory and strength be with men. King Indeed, you will find that inhabitants of this…

Classical Beer Review: Creature Comforts Athena

This week’s beer review takes us from Athens, Greece (where we recently celebrated our 50th beer review) to Athens, Georgia! During our brief stay we hit up Creature Comforts, a brewery Kyle already visited sans moi a year before. At the time, he did not have the opportunity to take notes of the Classically-themed beers he sampled,…

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….