Brewing and Vinting

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

Chocolate residue found in ancient pottery remains

Residue from a chemical only known in chocolate has been found on pottery shards dating back to between 1400 to 900 BC in Central America, according to an article at LiveScience magazine online.

The etymology of the hangover

On the blog Proof for the New York Times, Iain Gately ponders the history of hangovers and the euphemisms used to deal with them.

Lilies XXIII brewing competition: Sweets IV

Michael L Wilson reports that this summer's Lilies War XXIII will feature another brewing competition: Sweets for the Sweet IV.

Discovery Channel's "How Beer Works"

The Discovery Channel's "How Things Work" recently ran an episode on beer. As an added resource, the network's website includes additional information on the beverage including "Beer Myths" and "How Beer Can be Good for Your Heart."

[LOC] Rhythm & Brews Tourney and Feast

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

Come along for a Rose Tourney to honour the time old court of love in a spectacular St Valentine's boast of chivalry and prowess.

Settle in for an evening of entertainment from the bawdy to the harmonic - this year the Grogs wish any who may to challenge last year's winners, the Morris Dancers. Location:
Barony of Mordenvale (Kariong. NSW)

Beer brewed with ancient yeast

Raul Cano, a scientist at the California Polytechnic State University, has brewed beer using the 45 million year old yeast from a Lebanese weevil trapped in amber.

Archaeologist re-creates ancient booze

Patrick McGovern, a molecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, does not hesitate to chat about the history of alcoholic beverages, and has even re-created a "9,000-year-old Chinese drink we call Jiahu."

[EAL] Huntsman's Harvest

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The war season is over and our folk have returned to their homes to reap the benefits of a most bountiful harvest. Come and celebrate the great deeds of the past year with us as we spend a day in feast, tournament, drink and song.

Join their Excellencies of Ben Dunfirth and take part in glorious challenges in the field with armoured combat, cunning duels on the lists of fencing and devious shoots a plenty for our many archers, who come from far and wide to test their mettle. Come share your bounty with us Ealdormere and you shall be welcomed to a day of pleasure, challenge and good cheer. Location:
Barony of Ben Dunfirth (Binbrook, Ontario)

[EAS] Bhakail Champions & Fall Commons

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Oyez! Oyez! As we settle into the months of the Fall Harvest, Their Excellencies Darmon and Sabine invite all citizens of Bhakail, and its neighbors to come out and demonstrate the fruits of their labors in Heavy Combat, Fencing, and Brewing!

The site will be the Community Masonic Lodge in Broomall, PA (directions below), where we've got on-site and street parking, as well as outdoor space for the marshal activities and an indoor hall for the brewing championship and potluck dayboard! Location:
Barony of Bhakail (Broomall, Pennsylvania)

[EAS] Golden Tygre Tavern II

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We are happy to announce that the Golden Tygre Tavern will be opening for business again this September. This year Baron Steffan ap Kennydd of Silverwing has graciously offered to sponsor a tournament in the style of a Pas d'armes.

On a hard day of fighting (and watching your favorite fighters), all are sure to need refreshment and distraction. The Landlady of the Golden Tygre Tavern (Lady Adeliade Wanderer) welcomes you. Anyone who has patronized the Tavern before will tell you that the Tavern Keeper (Lord Johan Wanderer) provides a fare that is hearty and appetizing, and a roaring fire if the weather is chilly. The selection of handcrafted beer and mead is plentiful and tasty and the servers are friendly and helpful (but expect to be tipped well). The best part of all is the congenial atmosphere that will bring you back to events of old. This is a place where pretension has no place and frivolity and fun are the rules of the weekend. Many an ‘alternate' personae is brought out to protect the integrity of the well decorated. Location:
Barony of the Bridge (Coventry, Rhode Island)

[MER] Wine List XIX

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The Shire of Glynn Rhe is hosting Wine List XIX October 3-5, 2008 at Cumberland Center in Columbia, TN. The event is very fighter-oriented, but does have something for those who enjoy making or tasting period adult beverages. In a twist on traditional A & S competitions, the team that wins the Wine List melee tourney will judge the event's only A & S contest and determine who has provided the "Best Period Adult Beverage." Location:
Shire of Glynn Rhe (Columbia, Tennessee)

[EAS] Fall Harvest

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Come one, come all, be you from one of the many far away shires or baronies of the knowne worlde, or one of our very own citizens of the sleeping dragon, the Baronie of l'ile du Dragon Dormant is opening its doors to help celebrate the 23rd annual Fall Harvest on Saturday, October 18th, 2008, at the Centre Communautaire de Verchères, in Verchères, Québec.

The event will be a multi-faceted affair, and will feature the Northern Shores Regional Rapier Championship from the morning leading into the afternoon, and will be run by the current and exiting Champion, Don Cosmano. Letters of intent will be required, and must be received by no later than October 10th. Send all intents to: cosmano@wolfstar.ca Location:
Barony of L'ile du Dragon Dormant (Verchères, Quebec)

Malta center of new study on ancient wine

New research by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage in Malta may show that the island was a center of the wine trade in the 3rd-4th century BCE. The archaeologists are currently mapping wine production sites and will present their findings in Rome this fall.

Medieval malting upholds Bury St Edmunds brewing tradition

The archaeological discovery of a structure that is thought to be a medieval malting in Bury St Edmunds, England has added to the town's long-standing relationship with beer. Once the site of a wealthy monastery of brewing monks, the town now hosts the Greene King Brewery.

6th century presses from "holy wine factory" found near Mount Sinai

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered two wine presses dating to the 6th century which are believed to be from a factory which produced holy wine for export to Christians. The presses were found near the 6th century St. Catherine's Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula.

Pennsylvania may end "Beer Case Law"

Moderate drinkers at Pennsic take heart. The end of Pennsylvania's beer "case law," which requires purchase of an entire case of beer at a time, may be at hand.

SCA hinders mead's popularity, according to Slate article

Nicholas Day of Slate online magazine discusses the renewed popularity of mead among foodies and others interested in unusual alcoholic beverages, linking it to the current interest in bees and honey. The article quotes mead-maker David Myers who feels that the drink's popularity within the SCA is detrimental to increasing mead's commercial sales.

Gulf Wars XVII to feature Known World Party

Known World Party Steward THL Charles de Bourbon has announced that Carnivale in Venice, The Knowne World Party, will take place at the upcoming Gulf Wars XVII.

Popping the cork with style

Amaze your friends! Learn how to open a champagne bottle with a sword! No kidding, WikiHow has the instructions.

[EAS] Mudthaw

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One and all are invited to attend the Barony of Settmour Swamp's 28th annual Celebration of the Thawing of the Mud. As always Mudthaw will feature a wide variety of activities: tournaments in Armored Combat, Rapier, and Youth Combat, Archery, Thrown Weapons, a brewing competition and an array of Fine Merchants. Mudthaw will again be held at the beautiful and spacious Salaam Shrine in Livingston, NJ. Location:
Barony of Settmour Swamp (Livingston, New Jersey)

[NOR] Quest For Camelot

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The Kingdom of Northshield and The Shire of Schattentor Invite you to Quest For Camelot May 15-18, 2008

The Nemo Guest Ranch in Nemo S.D. nemo@nemoguestranch.com

Come to the Black Hills this spring and join us in our Quest to make Camelot live again!

At Quest for Camelot, the New Kingdom of Northshield defends its borders against the incursions of the Outlands, Calontir, and Artemesia. Location:
Shire of Schattentor (Nemo, South Dakota)

Guinness is good for you!

New research states that a pint of Guinness a day "may work as well as an aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks," according to an article in the BBC.

[LOC] Rhythm & Brews Tourney and Feast

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Unto the populace of Lochac does Mordenvale extend its invitation to join in on our very first annual Rhythm & Brews Tourney and Feast.

Come along for a Rose Tourney to honour the time old court of love in a spectacular St Valentine's boast of chivalry and prowess.

Settle in for an evening of entertainment from the bawdy to the harmonic. Be refreshed by period beverages of the alcoholic and Location:
Barony of Mordenvale (Kariong, New South Wales)

[NOR] A Shakespearean Twelfth Night

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We would like to formally invite all of you to come and celebrate Twelfth Night with us! Included below are the details for the event. Also, if anyone would like to teach a class at this event, please email Ceindrech at chronicler@schattentor.org. We would love to have you share your talents and skills with us and the populace.

Site opens: Saturday January 5th, 2008 at 11:00 am Location:
Shire of Schattentor (Rapid City, South Dakota)

Volunteers needed for International Mead Festival

The 2008 International Mead Festival will be held February 8-9, 2008 in Denver, Colorado, and volunteers are needed for jobs such as ticket-taking, judging etc. Pay? No formal pay, but you might get free mead!

International Mead Festival accepting entries for Home Mead Maker Competition

The International Mead Festival, which will be held in Denver, Colorado in February 2008, is accepting entries from home mead-makers until December 15, 2007.

[WES] Vinhold's All Hallows Feast

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Please come and join us for a gastronomic tour of late-period Spain, Galacia and Portugal. We will be holding a sotelties competition in the theme of 'Birds of the Knowne World', a cordials competition, and a competition to select the next Bard of Vinhold consisting of three pieces (a documented piece, a piece in documented style and a Masterwork of the performers best)!

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2pm-9pm November 3rd 2007. First course will be served at 3pm. Location:
Barony of Vinhold (Napa, California)

Skorri makes mead

Skorri Einarsson shares his mead-making techniques in humorous how-to videos posted on YouTube.

Vintner honors Italian ancestors with castle

Daryl Sattui, a Napa Valley, California winemaker, has spent 13 years and over US$30M to build a castle, complete with towers and dungeons, to honor his Italian ancestors.