Beer is one of the oldest drinks humans have produced. The first chemically confirmed barley beer dates back to the 5th millennium BC in Iran, and was recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia and spread throughout the world.
Belgium, the geographical are of the shire of Trivium, is very famous for its beer. But did you also know Belgium has their own Patron Saint for brewers and hop-pickers? Our patron saint is Arnold, or Arnulf of Soissons (or Oudenburg). His feast day is 14 August.
Arnold of Soissons
Born in Brabant in around 1040, Arnold of Soissons was a career soldier in his youth and an amateur brewer, before he took the cloth.
Later, as abbot in Oudenburg, Arnold brewed beer, as essential in medieval life as water. He encouraged local peasants to drink beer, instead of water, due to its “gift of health”. During the process of brewing the water was boiled and thus freed of pathogens, making the beer safer to drink. The beer normally consumed at breakfast and during the day at this time in Europe was called small beer, having a very low alcohol content, and containing spent yeast.
During one outbreak of sickness, Arnulf advised the local people to avoid consuming water, in favor of beer, which advice effectively saved lives.
Join us for classes on home brewing, cider, small beer, history of monastic breweries, and cooking with beer recipes! See full class schedule here.
- Introduction to Home Brewing, by Lord Antonio de Valenza, Provost
- Brew along brewing Quick Beer, by Lord Sigvard Ölfúss
- Cider brewing, by Lord Leonardo di Pergola
- All day cook along, Feast recipes containing beer, with Baroness Magdelana Grace Vane
- Tending the flocks of the church, by Lady Gudrun Josephdottir
- Varieties of Mead and Malt and Beer, 2 classes by Lord Wilhelm Appatheker (Caïd)
- History of Monastic breweries in Germany and Belgium, Ora et Labora, Lord Dominic
- Reformation and Heresy, 2 classes by Lord Antonio di Rienzo Ruspoli
Registration opens July 1, 2021