Posts Tagged ‘About the Beer’

THE FULACHT BEER EXPERIMENT – ARCHAEOLOGY OF BEER

THE FULACHT BEER EXPERIMENT - ARCHAEOLOGY OF BEER

Declan, Billy and Nigel presented at a Seminar on ‘Experimental Archaeology in Northwest Europe: Principles and Potential’ in UCD last week. Our presentation was on the beer experiments and Fulacht Fiadh. Here’s some of Declan’s section of the presentation: Fulachta fiadh are one of the most widespread of Irish field monuments and may number up […]


EXPERIMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGY SEMINAR UCD

Experimental Archaeology in Northwest Europe: Principles and Potential Declan, Billy and Nigel will be presenting on Friday in UCD at 2ish as part of a Seminar on Experimental Archaeology. Here’s the outline from UCD: Experimental Archaeology has recently re-emerged as an approach enabling us to think about the past in practical ways, while it also […]


Assemblage V

Assemblage V

Gathering stuff from the internest on Beer, Archaeology, the Environment, Aquaponics and anything else that strikes us as interesting, since May. On architecture and planning, parasitic cities, the death of the ‘first family’ (a phrase that will surely draw the attention of the all seeing totalitarian tea-drinking technocrats), roadkill and rodents, politics, Palin, Beer and […]


Beer Comic

Colleen over at Middle Savagery has posted a comic (using Comic Life, a really fun, easy to use piece of software that I’ve been using for my nephew’s entertainment) showing the brewing at WAC. Thanks Colleen.


Assemblage IV

Assemblage IV

Gathering stuff from the internets on Beer, Archaeology, the Environment, Aquaponics and anything else that strikes us as interesting, since May. On Charles Krauthammer and drilling oil in the Arctic, U2’s planning permission, binge drinking and the nanny state, the origins of Heather Ale, and God, hate crime and the desecration of the host. Sometimes […]


New Videos at Vodpod

Two new Vodpod videos added in the panel and here – one of us brewing ‘thousands of years before Guinness’ on TV3 and scenes and photos from the construction of a Mesolithic hunters camp from Headwave. The huts were built for an up-coming documentary and are functional. You can view our videos on both Vodpod […]


Demonstrating Ancient Brewing

Demonstrating Ancient Brewing

Feel free to visit us at UCD this Thursday and Friday where we’ll be demonstrating our fulacht brewing.. We’ll have limited samples available. We bottled about 50 litres last weekend. The beer came out really clean and we previewed it to a few friends on Saturday night. The response was quite good. The bog myrtle […]


Assemblage III

Gathering stuff from the blogworld/internets on Beer, Archaeology, the Environment, Aquaponics and anything else that strikes us as interesting, since May. Julians suggestion that the EU offer us Ice Cream in order to ensure we (the Irish people, that is) back EU reform has been backed up by the chief foreign affairs columnist of the […]


WAC 6 Fringe beer

WAC 6 Fringe beer

We’ve been invited to present the beer experiment at WAC 6 in July as part of the WAC Fringe at UCD’s Belfield Campus. WAC is shaping up to be a great event. We’ll be giving out free samples of our Fulacht Beer/Hot Rock Ale at the event as well as samples brewed by a student […]


Assemblage II

Gathering stuff from the blogworld/internets on Beer, Archaeology, Environment, Aquaponics and anything else that strikes us as interesting, since last month. We’ll start topically this time with Jim Corr setting out his stall on the Lisbon Treaty on ‘The Last Word’ (via Mulley)…… I still haven’t received my booklet – clearly I’m a victim of […]


Great Beer Experiment video

Regular readers will have noticed that we’ve posted the video of last years Great Beer Experiment using VodPod on the right… Produced by BigYes, it documents the process and the events last August – please bear in mind when viewing that we had consumed quite a bit of our beer by the end of the […]


Beer Mugs

“People might think finding skeletons is spooky, but it is really awe inspiring,” says a Ms. Green, education officer with Canterbury Archaeological Trust, in this article from the BBC; “It’s when you literally come face to face with the people from the past”. More interestingly though, a crouched inhumation found in a barrow had a […]


Postscript on the degradation of spent grain

We’ve done just a quick web search for ‘degradation of spent grain’ and encountered this – an extract from a World Intellectual Property Organization site concerning the invention of a process to isolate a protein concentrate and a fibre concentrate from fermentation residue, in particular from fermentation residue that is obtained from an ethanol producing […]


Response to Archaeobotanists letter

Response to Archaeobotanists letter

In reply to the Irish Archaeobotanical Discussion Groups letter about the article on Fulacht Fiadh and brewing published in Archaeology Ireland, in the first instance we’d like to state our delight in receiving such a stimulating and provoking response and warmly acknowledge the group’s congratulations on our experimental endeavours. It is always a welcome and […]


Archaeology Ireland Palaeobotanists Letter

Archaeology Ireland Palaeobotanists Letter

Here’s the letter published in the Winter edition of Archaeology Ireland from the members of the Irish Palaeobotany Discussion Group. You can read the original full article here and view pictures of the experiment here. Billy and Dec will post a response on Monday – Their brains don’t work so well on the weekends, and […]


Early Irish Ale

Early Irish Ale

We’ve been scouring the Annals of the Four Masters (available online here) for beer references recently. Reading the Annals can be a bit of a chore but there are occasional gems in there. Some of the earlier entries refer to corn and ‘fruitful crops’ and fruit but the first reference to beer we’ve encountered comes […]


Pete Brown

Pete Brown, the author of ‘Man Walks into a Pub’ and ‘Three Sheets to the Wind’, two books that ‘approach the subject of beer with both the thoughtfulness and irreverence it deserves’, has returned from his epic journey to Kolkata/Calcutta with a Jeroboam of IPA (the IPA didn’t return) – all explained at his blog […]


Bee Laws

Bee Laws

Joyce reports on a somewhat curious legal custom (which has parallels in India) in Early Ireland – the procedure by fasting. The plaintiff in a case (having served notice) simply went to the defendants house and went on hunger strike. As long as he remained there, the defendant was also obliged to starve himself/herself. In […]


Irish Hospitality

Irish Hospitality

For those of you who have always wondered what Ireland was like for the early Christian inhabitants of the place, and let’s face it, we all have at some stage, here’s a slightly distilled version of P.W. Joyce’s excellent introduction to his (1905) “A Smaller Social History of Ireland” available in full on the interweb […]


Wired Magazine and Ancient Beer

Wired Magazine and Ancient Beer

Great piece about the Beer Experiment in this months issue of Wired, written by Nadya Labi. We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing about the experiment in the media over the past months. The pieces in both the IT and Wired and in many other outlets have been well researched, thoughful, and […]


Politics.ie

Looking around the interweb to see where the beer fulacht theory has been discussed, and found this, the theory being discussed in the hallowed, um, threads (?) of politics.ie And our sincere apologies if we disappointed the person who did a search for ‘men in lederhosen’ recently and came across our Octoberfest post.


The Irish Times Article by Conor Pope

This is the link to the Irish Times article Conor Pope wrote about The Great Beer Experiment that appeared in August and instigated the huge coverage we received. We just saw Conor last night on a TV ad for a new RTE programme starting on Sunday night – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (thats the programme name by […]


Internet TV and more beer

Looking to watch some internet tv on tv-links (a now defunct tv website – see below) last night and ended up very dissappointed to read this at theregister.co.uk “Gloucestershire police have confirmed that a 26-year-old Cheltenham man at the centre of an investigation into the website TV-Links was arrested under section 92 of the Trade […]


The Great Beer Bibliography and Resource Post

For those of you who have a deep interest in the Archaeology of Beer, Spirits, Wine and Pleasure in general, here’s the beginning of a big beer bibliography and source list, with a very brief description of the contents. We’ll continue to add to it over time and hopefully someone will find it a useful […]