The Celts

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! For the day that’s in it we are going to go back to ancient Ireland and the group of people who populated the island milennia ago – the Celts. Scholars like Ian Hornsby have argued that these people are actually responsible for bringing brewing to what is now modern Ireland, but […]

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Saint Brigid and Her Miracle Ale

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, a celebration for a person who has certainly become synonymous with this country. People have arrived in Dublin from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the parade and, of course, to enjoy a few pints of local beer. But there’s another famous Irish saint whose stories have […]

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Incan Women and Chicha Brewing

In the 15th century during the reign of the Inca, elite women continued to dominate the chicha brewing trade and also widely consumed the beverage.  For more information of what chicha is please see the previous post on Wari brewing women. Chicha was a ‘fundamental part of the exchanges between ruler and ruled’ according to […]

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The Egyptian Goddess Hathor

These days there are a seemingly infinite number of beer styles and additives. Pineapple, oysters, heather, whiskey, and chocolate are just a few of the things popping up in your pints. Brewers are continually pushing the boundaries of what defines a beer and the materials they use- including harvesting yeast from beards. But these aren’t […]

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Wari Brewing Women

Before the Inca, in the years 600-1000 CE the Wari empire dominated Peru and the Tiwanaku reigned in Bolivia. [1] [2] Both societies colonized Moquegua valley including the Cerro Baúl high mesa where the Wari erected monumental buildings, one of which, and arguably one of the most important,  was a massive brewery. And who was […]

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