Pliny the Elder 18.12.68: Beer for Bread

Galliae et hispaniae frumento in potum resoluto quibus diximus generibus spuma ita concreta pro fermento utuntur, qua de causa levior illis quam ceteris panis. When the grain of Gaul and Spain – the types of which we spoke about earlier – is made into a drink, they use the foam that forms during fermentation [for…

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: Gulpener Gladiator

A long, long time ago, I bought a bunch of Classically-themed beers for the blog in my local supermarket. I managed to review all of them (see here, here, and here) before I left home for the summer, save one: Gulpener Gladiator. Now that I am back, I found this can in the back of…

Classical Beer Review: D9 Brewing Systema Naturae (4th edition)

Ever since we joined the #beerstagram community, I have been eying the Latin-named Systema Naturae series by D9 Brewing. So when we saw the latest edition in the series at the Glass Jug , I knew I had to get it! According to their website, Systema Naturae is D9’s “exploration of scientific processes and ingredients exhibited…

CAELIA, defined

Caelia, -ae (f) – a type of beer made in Spain Caelia is described in a recent passage by Florus. It is a type of beer (perhaps, wheat) that was made in the Numantine and Iberian territories. Variants on the word include “celia, celea, cerea, ceria, celicia.” The earliest reference to this word comes from…

Florus, Epitome Bellorum Omnium Annorum 1.34

Sic redacto in disciplinam milite commissa acies, quodque nemo visurum se umquam speraverat factum, ut fugientes Numantinos quisquam videret. Dedere etiam se volebant, si toleranda viris imperarentur. Sed cum Scipio veram vellet et sine exceptione victoriam, eo necessitatum conpulsi primum ut destinata morte in proelium ruerent, cum se prius epulis quasi inferiis implevissent carnis semicrudae et…

Classical Beer Review: Creature Comforts Bibo

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Creature Comforts’ Athena. When we visited the tap room, they actually had another Classically-themed beer on draft: Bibo. Bibo is a pilsner with “an enormous amount of the Classic Czech Saaz and a touch of Motueka hops,” according to its brewers. It is golden yellow in color and tastes…

Emmer in Antiquity

For this week’s Classical text, I include a non-exhaustive list of Greco-Roman references to emmer. This serves to complement the ongoing HBW series, brewing ancient grains – emmer beer is currently on deck (malt, brew pt.1, brew pt.2, taste). This list supplements, but does not replace, Nelson’s list (2001, 98) in which he describes the…

Classical Beer Review: Ayinger Celebrator

Almost a year after our initial request, we are back with our third Classically-themed beer to review that was suggested to us by YOU! Me, you might think? Yes, in October 2016 we asked our followers on social media and members of various online beer groups this very important question: which is your favorite Classically-themed…

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…

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…

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…