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 area 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.
Arnulf 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, Arnulf/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, and this effectively saved lives.
Apart from this being a brilliant story, we shouldn’t forget that beer was also a means to keep the monastery coffers filled; so we will look at monastic economy as well.
Join us for classes Online via Zoom on home brewing, cider, small beer, history of monastic breweries, and cooking with beer recipes! See full class overview here.
- 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
- Varieties of Mead and Malt and Beer, 2 classes by Lord Wilhelm Appatheker (The West Kingdom)
- History of Monastic breweries in Germany and Belgium, Ora et Labora, Lord Dominic Beniamin
- Reformation and Heresy, 2 classes by Lord Antonio di Rienzo Ruspoli
- Traces of brewing in medieval Scandinavia by Fru Görvel Skote
- Food & Beer, an overview of 16th century Dutch and Flemish cookbooks, by Lord Hugo van Harlo
- A History of wine making in England from the Romans to the Renaissance and The Curious Drink that is the Braggot, 2 classes by Lord Guy de Dinan
Time zone: GMT +2
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