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17 January 2007



Hey - how about a canvassing of the sagas for a brew related post?


I don't think Iceland is a major hops producing zone, but I'll check it out.


Hops are so post-saga. It's the old school ale you are looking for, practically barley malt porridge with booze. Not to mention mead.


According to Zoega, A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, they did have the word ale, rather ol with a couple of dots, as well as words for ale-bench and ale-booth. I don't know if I want to read all the sagas looking for ale-booths, but I've just bought The Saga of King Hrolf Kraki, so I'll see what that one says. The OED says that "the wicked weede" hops came in during the time of the Edwards.

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