hops

The first time Hops met Beer

The first time Hops met Beer

If you’re interested, the first documented instance of hop cultivation is in 736 in the Hallertau region of modern Germany.  The first mention of using hops in brewing in Germany is 1079.   I ended yesterday’s post thus.  Now, about that… The Oregon Hop Commission says:  “The hop plant is native […]

Hops Arrive in England: 1526?

Hops Arrive in England: 1526?

According to The Timetables of History (almost as good as the Guinness Book for leafing through), hops were introduced to England from Artois in 1526.  There’s a story there – ! Beeton’s Date-book: An English Chronology from the Earliest Periods to the Current Period (1896) (boy was I surprised to […]

The gateway to beer: Braggots (oh how I love them)

The gateway to beer: Braggots (oh how I love them)

It’s a pretty well known phenomenon.  There is far more out there asking whether women can like beer than there is about beer for women.  There are more women who brew beer and blog about beer than ever before, and we get a lot of attention from beer-loving men (there’s […]

Makin' the White House Honey Porter

Makin’ the White House Honey Porter

I am gearing up to try the White House Honey Porter recipe this weekend.  There are a few mysteries in the two beer recipes released by the White House, which of course are being widely discussed among homebrewers as many of us buy the ingredients to check these puppies out.  […]

Making beers to welcome the cast of The Hobbit home

Making beers to welcome the cast of The Hobbit home

I was joking online with bccmee, who runs a website, fan video site,  YouTube channel, and more about the actor Richard Armitage, who’s playing Thorin Oakenshield in the upcoming The Hobbit movies.  After two years of mostly living and working (very hard) in New Zealand, I thought we ought to […]

Brewing 101 Part 5: Beer

Brewing 101 Part 5: Beer

Class notes from a class I taught in the Fall of 2008. Beer There are three primary ingredients in a beer:  malted grain, hops, and water.  Yeast is used to ferment the beverage and carbonate it.  Ale (widely used in period) is beer without hops:  malted grain, water, yeast.  You […]

Brewing 101 Part 3: Things Beer and Mead Have in Common

Brewing 101 Part 3: Things Beer and Mead Have in Common

Notes from Brewing 101: What You Need To Know To Get Started, first taught at Atlantia University, Fall 2008 This is the class handout.  The class was taught to people interested in an historic context: Europe before 1600  Equipment list for both Beer and Mead Mead’s alcohol is honey-based, wine’s is grape-based, and […]