Saturday, 14 November 2009

Very cool.

I'm just going to copy and paste this entire email from my dad into this blog post because I think it is ace and I don't think he would mind.

Tonight a new woman arrived in the valley, just days before Lois.
This one is a witch!
As the brewmaster of Grand Teton Brewing pointed out...

"We've brewed our Black Cauldron Imperial Stout to recognize and honor the women in the history of brewing. Brewing has been women's work since the dawn of civilization. In all ancient cultures, beer was a gift from a goddess, and women maintained status and power through their skills as brewsters. This remains true today in indigenous cultures from Asia to Latin America, Africa to remote villages in Scandinavia. Around the world, women baked bread and brewed their own beer.

In Europe, the rise of cities brought commercial brewing, as governments realized the potential tax revenue to be had from large breweries. By 1445, the first all-male brewers' guild was established, the campaign against witchcraft burst forth across Europe, and the purge of women from brewing had begun. Beer historian Alan Eames has written that, when an occupation was listed, most of the women burned for witchcraft in Europe were brewsters or alewives.

Most of the imagery we associate with witchcraft today originated with the brewster. The large black cauldron bubbling over with foam? A brew kettle, of course. The black cat? Necessary to keep rats out of the grain store. The tall pointed hat? It allowed the brewster to be seen over the heads of taller men in the marketplace. A broom? The symbol of household domesticity, it is still associated with brewing all over the world.

Without the work of these women through the ages, it's entirely possible beer would not exist today."

What a history lesson, and what a beer!
It was released to the public for the first time tonight and of course I was there to explore the dark.
Three of the first glasses of Black Cauldron ever drawn from the tap. One was the original, one was aged on coffee beans, and the third was bourbon aged. Purist that I am I preferred the original to the other two.
Bruce toasts the brewsters, witches that they were. Blessed be. And popcorn.


Also that is the Jughead hat I made him for his birthday. :)))

Meme time!

Farmville, Smallville, traveling scarf... good life.

Yeah, they're not a very exciting 6 words today, but it's not a very exciting day. It is set to be a mellow day. I'm excited to find a stitch pattern for the traveling scarf I got today, it's all so gorgeous & the variety of interesting stitches makes me want to equal what's already been done. We both seem to be decidedly getting well this time, my cramps are fading, the weather is AWFUL, which makes our little house seem that much more cozy.... yeah. Mellow day. Here's hoping.

AAAHHHHH OMG TONY TODD JUST APPEARED ON SMALLVILLE AND SCARED THE CRAP OUTTA ME. There goes my mellow. If anyone's gonna harsh your mellow, it's the fuckin' Candyman. *shudder* God, I love him.

1 comment:

  1. Hope your day was amazingly mellow. Thanks for playing 6WS - sorry I'm so late visiting this week.