Brewing and Vinting

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

[ATE] Bacchanal

It's time to don your chiton or toga again this spring with the College of Brymstonne! Springtime calls us with faint melodies of laughter and play. Soon the cozy warmth of the sun will have us basking in its beauty! And with April at its end, we celebrate May Day in the Roman tradition of the festival of Floralia!

"Runestone Red" wins praise for Viking scholar

Need the perfect wine for a Norse night, or a picnic on Runestone Hill? Why not try Runestone Red, a wine promoted on the Norse and Viking Ramblings blog.

[ANT] Honor War 2011

Honor War 2011 is April 15-17th...is your calendar marked yet? If not, please consider attending this event with the folk of Lyonsmarche in Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho.

[ANS] Baronial Investiture of Pasquale & Giovanna

The Barony of Raven’s Fort Invites you to the Baronial Investiture of Pasquale Pace & Giovanna Lena Caronna March 25 – 27, 2011.

[ATL] Feast of St. Pyr VIII

The Barony of Black Diamond invites one and all to join us in celebrating our most favored saint, St. Pyr, a Welsh abbot of the 6th century known for his lax rule and love of imbibing.

Celtic beer: more taste, less modern

“These additives gave Celtic beer a completely different taste than what we’re used to today,” said Hans-Peter Stika of the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart about the use of mugwort, carrot seeds or henbane to flavor Iron Age beer.

This week in barley: Two brewing discoveries in Germany

Thousands of charred barley grains have been found in ditches in the early Celtic settlement of Eberdingen-Hochdorf, Germany. The site may have been used to make beer for a nearby religious center.

Mead makes a comeback

Vicky Rowe knows a lot about mead. The owner of Gotmead.com, "the Internet's premier resource for everything to do with mead," spoke recently to Allen G. Breed of SFGate.com about the comeback of the drink in mainstream society.

[ATL] Manannan Mac Lir XXXII

Cold winds and snow may dominate the Northern reaches of our fair Kingdom, but here in the South, winter means camellias and time to fight for the Broach of Manannan.

Sahti: the drink of Viking champions

Some years ago, archaeologists discovered the remains of a Scandinavian ale called Sahti inside a barrel in a Viking ship burial. Now modern brewers are trying out the ancient recipe.

[MID] Winter Dance & Game Revel

Dance & Game Revel held on February 26, 2011 in Fairport Harbor, OH. This gala event will feature all of your favorite dances, period games, food and fun! Bring cordials, mead and other brews to enjoy with friends during the festivities and games to play until the wee hours of the morning.

Christmas in Ireland - Viking style

In an article for Irish America Magazine, Edythe Preet ponders Viking history and influences in Ireland, including linguistically and in the celebration of the holiday season, especially when it comes to food and drink.

[WES] Vinhold All Hallows

The Barony of Vinhold invites you to a potluck feast of Myths and Legends on October 23, 2010. The Barony will be providing meat. Please bring a PERIOD PLAUSABLE dish according to your mundane last name A-H appetizer/salad I-R side dish,S-Z dessert. 

Ancient winery found at Byzantine fortress

A two-room winery, dating from the time of the Byzantine Emperors Anastasius I (491-518 CE), and Justinian I (527-565 CE), has been discovered at the Byzantine fortress near the town of Byala on the Black Sea.

Old state laws affecting homebrewers

For the first time in 22 years, there will not be a homebrew competition at the Oregon State Fair. This is because of an 80 year old law saying that homebrewed products may not leave the brewer's home. Oregon is one of several states with laws limiting or banning homebrewing.

[EAS] Coronation of Gryffith II and Aikaterine II

Come Gentles All to celebrate the Coronation of Gryffith II and Aikaterine II! Once again the Eastern Crown passes to the heirs of our land. The Barony of Iron Bog is proud to host these glorious festivities. This joy will start on Friday September 24 and go through the weekend till Sunday 26th. There will be Court and a battle Coronation not seen in many a year here in Our Fair Kingdom.

[OUT] 3 Stags Autumn Battle and Fair

Come celebrate the last official camping event in Caerthe! A feast fit for kings and queens! Insane fighting scenarios! A Roman Plaza! A&S classes and more!

Official London ale taster named

In a ceremony that dates back to the Middle Ages, 48-year-old chartered accountant Steve Williams was named London's official ale taster.

[WES] Vinhold Goes to WAR

At the 30th Anniversary celebration of the Barony of Vinhold at their All Hallow’s Feast, the war mongering Baron and Baroness of Westermark asserted their outlandish claim to our local castle castello di amorosa: There will be WAR on all fronts!  

SCAdians bring appreciation of mead to southeastern Pennsylvania

For the past two years, Marc Johnson and Sheree Krasley, who met in the SCA, have collaborated to bring the mead experience to southeastern Pennsylvania with their Stonekeep Meadery. Amy Strauss of the Phoenix (Phoenixville, PA) has the story.

Happy belated birthday, Scotch!

Experts have determined that Scotch whiskey was born on June 1, 1495 when King James of Scotland commissioned Friar Jon Cor to makes eight bowls of the potent drink. Wired Magazine celebrates the event in their "This Day in Tech" column.

"Indiana Jones" of brewing recreates ancient New World drink

When Patrick E. McGovern read an article about traces of an "unidentified beverage" being found inside 2800-year-old pottery vessels in Central America, he was inspired to collaborate with the author, anthropologist John Henderson, and eventually to recreate a brew made from cacao beans.

[ANT] Honor War

Stories tell of heated words this past fall in the Court of King Cedric, at Baron’s Ball. Witnesses speak of Baroness Araviere of Wealdsmere accusing Baroness Stjarna of Wastekeep of stealing away her Courtiers.

Byzantine Wine Press found in Israel

Archaeologists working near Tel Aviv, Israel have found a wine press whose size and advanced design are exceptional for its period.

Ansteorra to host Known World Party at Gulf Wars

Duke Ulstead the Unsteady as announced that the Kingdom of Ansteorra will host the Known World Party at Gulf Wars 19 on March 19, 2010.

[LOC] Rhythm & Brews

Unto the populace of Lochac does Mordenvale extend its invitation to join in on our
2nd Annual Rhythm & Brews Tourney and Feast.

Known World Party

GULF WARS 19 KNOWNE WORLD PARTY!!!

A taste of mead

In an article for the Chow website, Lessley Anderson and Roxanne Webbe review 10 Meads You Should Try. The American meads range from peucts produced in Portland, Maine to Anchorage, Alaska.

[WES] Vinhold All Hallows 30th Anniversary Feast

His most generous, temperate, and exalted Baron of Vinhold, Gavin, invites you to a culinary and bardic adventure in celebration fo the Barony of Vinhold's 30th Anniversary on November 14th, 2009.

A history of alcoholic beverages in Russia

Russians are known for their love of vodka, but in the Middle Ages, the Russians displayed great talent at creating other alcoholic beverages including mead. Later, in the early 16th century, monks developed the first recipe for vodka.