49 – Dark Age Drinks

So when we left off, we were discussed the legends of how England went from being Romano-British to Germanic. We discussed the archaeological digs we have found that support the presence of this Germanic shift in culture. And, I didn’t mention this last week, but there’s evidence that the Anglo Saxons didn’t oust all of the Britons, but rather integrated with them. So we have the arrival of unknown numbers of Anglo Saxons, probably, and then we have a provable cultural shift in England. Lets talk about that culture that they brought with them! And to start with, lets talk about a major influence in nearly all cultures. Alcohol.

10 Responses to “49 – Dark Age Drinks”

  1. I wonder if there were cases of brewery branches (wort sticks, maybe?) being stolen and what the subsequent weregild would be.

  2. Had they found out about sugar cane’s yet to add to there drinks

  3. Would they use any type’s of wood for there stiring stick’s or just any old stick

  4. Great episode. Mead is actually fairly sanitary since the honey is a natural antibacterial and it is often added to water that has been boiled. These qualities would have, of course, been unknown to the Anglo-Saxons.

  5. hey jamie,
    When you were talking about how dry the english wine was, I was wondering if you had a source or if it was an inference? the reason i ask is that i know that in previous times, there was very little understanding of fermentation and the roll that temperature had on it. Often in cold climates, the winter would set in before fermentation had completed, and thus the wines stayed semi sweet until spring when the wines would begin to ferment again. If wine was more a fall seasonal beverage it may well have been kinda sweet by our standards.

    We make wine here in the willamette. you should come on by.

    • Hi Tom, Ann Hagen did a lot of work on this one looking at the grapes, temp, and commentary where she could find it and came to the conclusion that it would have been (as I recall) thin and dry.

      I sometimes go wine tasting out in the valley. Which winery are you associated with?

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