Brewing and Vinting

Creation of wine, beer, ale, and other alcoholic beverages.

Climate changed "big man" society in Viking Iceland

The change of climate to colder temperatures in 11th century Iceland may have put an end to traditional Viking feasting of beef and beer, say authors Davide Zori and Jesse Byock in a new book Viking Archaeology in Iceland: Mosfell Archaelogical Project. (photo of glass beads)

Potables needed for Known World Party

Mistress Sylvia du Vey, Guildmistress of the East Kingdom Brewers Guild, reports that donations are needed for the known World Party to take place at Pennsic War XLIV.

Byzantine compound shows evidence of wine production

Researchers working 30 kilometers west of Jerusalem were surprised to discover ancient cisterns which led them to a cave. Upon further exploration, they found a Byzantine-era compound where monks once lived and pressed grapes for wine and olives for oil.

Second 13th century malting oven found in England

In July, archaeologists working on excavations in St John's Street in Northampton, England discovered a 13th century malting oven, used to roast grain for brewing. Now a second, even larger, oven has been found at the same site. (photo)

Re-Announcing the Canterbury Faire Brewing Competition - 2015 - Cider

Rohesia reports that an addition has been made to the Canterbury Faire 2015 Brewing Competition: Cider.

Early medieval tavern found in Bulgaria

The discovery of "more than 100 glass cups, which were most likely used for drinking wine," has led experts to believe they have found a medieval tavern. The discovery was made at a site in the town of Misioni, Bulgaria.

Barley malting oven found in Northampton, England

A nearly perfectly-preserved barley malting oven from the 13th century has been discovered by archaeologists working on an excavation in Bridge Street, Northampton, England. The construction was found complete with char marks on the hearth. (photo)

Northampton's oldest brewery found during construction work

Archaeologists working at the site of the new Northamptonshire County Council headquarters have uncovered what is believed to be the town of Northampton's first brewery. Dating to the 13th century, the large stone pit shows scorch marks where barley had been roasted. (video)

Mead joins artisanal drinks culture

Once considered a beverage for sweaty Vikings or geeky Renaissance Faire attendees, mead has "shed its medieval reputation and is claiming a coveted spot in Northern California's artisanal drinks culture." Jessica Yadegaran of the San Jose Mercury News has a feature story.

Irish brew

In honor of Saint Patrick's Day 2014, journalist - and beer connoisseur - Reuben Gray looks at the history of the delightful drink from its prehistoric days to its worldwide modern revival.

Grog recipe shows "innovative flair for using available natural products"

It might seem that archaeologists and brewers make strange bedfellows, but such a combination was ideal recently when experts unearthed a Roman wine strainer containing remnants of grog buried in a grave in Denmark.

Estrella War XXX Special Event Updates

KNOWN WORLD Jan 3, 2014 Estrella War Announcement Digest Special Events Addition

Estrella War XXX Updates #4

Hail to gentles from far and near…as Estrella War XXX approaches, Atenveldt warmly greets you, and bids you welcome here!

German brewers demand Reinheitsgebot be recognized by UNESCO

A 16th century German law, Reinheitsgebot, laying out the purity of beer, should be included in UNESCO's list of famous traditions, according to the country's beer industry. Over 5,000 beers still carry the law's seal which requires that only water, barley, yeast and hops may be used to brew beer.

Mead making a comeback

Over the centuries, mead, the "drink of kings and Vikings," has lost its place of honor to other alcoholic beverages, but now, the honey-based drink is making a comeback. Kim Gittleson, of the BBC, has the story.

Oldest wine cellar discovered

Israeli and American archaeologists have uncovered what may have been the world's oldest wine cellar in the Galilee, Business Standard reports. The cellar is estimated to be about 3,700 years old and to have held up to 2,000 liters of strong, sweet wine.

Known World Bardic Congress and Cooks Collegium VII

  • 29 August 2014 at 17:00 until 1 September 2014 at 12:00
  • Camp Wawbeek 1450 Highway 13 Wisconsin Dells WI 53965

Hosted by the Barony of Jararvellir (Madison, WI) in the Kingdom of Northshield (Wisconsin, U.P., Minnesota, western Ontario, North & South Dakota, Manitoba).

Royal Brewer Competition at Lilies War

Taro, Brewer's Guild Head, reports that the Royal Brewer Competition will be held the second Saturday of Lilies, 2 pm at the Permanent Shelter near the main Battlefield.

Brat and brew in Old Town Nuremberg

A walk through old town Nuremberg, Germany takes visitors back in time to the Middle Ages. An 11th century castle, toy museum, the home of Albrecht Dürer and over six acres of brewing tradition make for a memorial travel location. Russ Juskalian of the New York Times Travel section has the story.

Drink like a Nord!

Those interested in Nordic culture, especially when it comes to brewing, may want to take a look at a scholarly article by Christie L. Ward entitled Norse Drinking Traditions, delivered to the Alexandrian Company Symposium on Food and Festival in the Middle Ages. The paper is available to read or download on Scribd, the digital book and document website.

The history of pub signs

Most people recognize, with a smile, the beautifully-carved, and imaginatively-named pub signs that grace the English landscape, but few realize that the signs date back to the Romans. The Inn Sign Society offers a history of pub signs, along with some nice examples, on its website.

Old drinks get new life in Maryland

New small cider and mead breweries are cropping up in Maryland, part of a larger resurgence in these drinks. The brewers are mixing traditional methods with modern sensibilities, like focusing on locally-grown ingredients.

Suds or suds?

Archaeologists have long known that Vikings loved their ale, but, according to Merryn and Graham Dineley, the experts have seldom considered just where the ale was brewed. Now, a new study speculates that stone structures in Britain, once believed to be bathhouses, might actually have been brewhouses.

Byzantine wine press discovered beneath the streets of Tel Aviv

What is believed to be a large wine press, dating to the 6th or 7th century, has been discovered beneath the streets of Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality in Israel during modernization of the city's infrastructure. The installation was the first important Byzantine structure in the city. (photo)

[ANS] Candlemas

Their Excellencies, Master Phelim Gervese and Mistress Myfanwy ferch Eifion, Baron and Baroness of Bryn Gwald, invite you to celebrate Candlemas with us on February 2, 2013, and be part of the championship of the Arts and Sciences in the finest Barony in the land!

[LOC] Rhythm & Brews 2013

Rhythm & Brews 2013 will be held on the weekend of Friday 15th - Sunday 17th, February, 2013. The event will be held at Camp Kariong. (Formerly Kariong Scout Camp) Woy Woy Rd, Kariong. NSW.

[EAS] Abbey of St. Aegir’s First Annual Brewing Collegium

Blessings and cheers to the grand Kingdom of the East. The Abbey of St.  Aegir in the Shire of Eisental along with the Brotherhood of Brewers in the southern region are opening the abbey doors so the good gentles of the East may further their brewing skills. 

[ATL] Lion's Head Tavern

Come to our day of feasting and fun on the Eve of the Epiphany. Bring your Bardic entries and your brewing delights for our competition. Enjoy a day of feasting, music, dancing, and tale telling. The Bright Hills Cooking Guild will be providing a day board and mid-winter feast. Wear your finest and celebrate the season.

[ATL] Jester's Tourney II

Join us for a day of games, wages, prizes, and fun for the whole family.

Another Saturday night with the Scots and Roman legions

Stracathro Fort near Stirling, Scotland, the world’s most northerly Roman fort, may have been served by a wine bar or pub. Archaeologists woring on the Roman Gas Project discovered a settlement adjacent to the fort including "a large square room – the equivalent of a public bar – and fronted on to a paved area, akin to a modern beer garden."