It's time for our annual LCI Benefit! This year's is going to be better than ever with Viking-style fish stew, flagons of grog (made with mead), and sea shanties!
It's all this weekend and free to attend! Come out and support a clean, fishable, swimmable lake!
Check out the Facebook event for more info.
Tu BiShvat: An Ent Holiday is this Friday!
For those of you who are Vikings, but not Jewish, we thought we should tell you a little about Tu BiShvat.
Then it occurred to us that some of you may be Jewish, but not Vikings, so we realized that we should tell you about the Viking-era reverence for silviculture.
Then it dawned on us that some of you might be neither Vikings nor Jewish, a condition which admittedly must represent the vast majority of people.
So, Tu BiShvat in a nutshell...
Tu BiShvat simply means “the holiday on the 15th of the month of Shevat,” which is not super helpful. It is one of the four new years of the Jewish calendar, and this one represents the beginning of the agricultural cycle. As you look out the window of your log cabin here in Vermont at the beginning of February, please remember that this holiday was established in the Levant where it is, in fact, a perfectly reasonable time to plant things.
Dried fruit is the customary entree at a Tu BiShvat Seder, along with nuts and other vegetables. Since we’re celebrating the coming spring along with the harvest of last year, we have a special surprise for you that we’ll be announcing later in the week.
As for Vikings and trees…
The Vikings weren’t always ecologically minded - in point of fact they cleared all of the trees on Iceland when they arrived. They were often, however, much more progressive with their forestry management.
One of the few verified practices of Germanic pagans was the designating of sacred groves as places of worship. In many areas (though obviously not Iceland), Viking-era Scandinavians cultivated large areas of woodlands for the production of timber for their ships as well as orchards for fruit.
Then there were Ents… the Shepherds of the Forest!
Actually, “ent” is just the Old English word for “giant,” but thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien, the world sees Ents as the embodiment of the forest, the voice of the trees.
So, this brings us to Tu BiShvat: An Ent Holiday! What should you expect?
Lots of foods from the earth, Tolkien music, and probably the highest concentration of Jewish Vikings ever assembled!
See you on Friday!
You asked and we listened! Thirsty Thor’s Day is bigger and better than ever with the twice the number of deals!
Starting this Thursday on February 1st, all craft mead on draft is $3 all day, no food purchase necessary!
But, because people still like food… we’ve also added $6 bottomless soup!
Learn about Thirsty Thor’s Day here.
Vermont Burlesque Festival is next week, and Havoc Mead is sponsoring! How cool is that?
For those of you who don't know, VTBF is a body-positive burlesque extravaganza that is run by native Vermonter Cory Royer. You can learn more about the message of Vermont Burlesque Festival on their media page.
This year, there are going to be three events, so no matter where you live, you can grab a pint and get in on the action.
Next Thursday is the Sneak Peek at Arts Riot!
Next Friday is the Granite City Showcase at the Barre Opera House!
And Saturday is the Main Event at the Flynn!
The fine folks from Groennfell and Havoc are going to be at all of the events to share a pint, so there's really no reason that you should dawdle any longer. Go buy your tickets now!
Due to the beautiful snow falling in various quantities all over the state of Vermont, we're extending our Viking Hanukkah Dinner to include Thursday as well!
If you have a reservation for Wednesday and you are unable to make it, we'll be happy to reschedule you for Thursday.
If you simply couldn't make it on Wednesday, but Thursday works for you, you are also welcome to make a reservation! Either way, give us a call at 802-497-2345.
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It truly is a Hanukkah Miracle! Enjoy the snow, enjoy the First Night, and we'll see you tomorrow or Thursday!
Many of you have been to Midwinter Fest before, so all we need to say is:
This year is going to be bigger than ever.
For those of you who haven't been before, you're in for a pretty amazing experience.
Midwinter Fest is based on the Scandinavian celebration of Midvinter or Jul. We're talking candles, bonfires, and an outrageous amount of food.
This year, Ricky is in the kitchen, and he's making 3 ox shoulders as well as 120 pounds of pork shoulder. (There will also be many vegetarian options if you're of a non-carnivorous persuasion.)
Chef is going to be in the kitchen all day making special Midwinter Feasts. You will not be disappointed.
Not only will we be running drink specials all day (see below), but we're also going to tap a keg of Winter Warmer 2016 so you can enjoy side-by-side tastings.
It's the release of our 2017 Wassail Mugs! Not only are we running our most popular deal of the year: buy a mug and your first pour of Winter Warmer is $1, but we're also running the same offer for Ale Horns!
What else? How about case deals on Autumn Spice and Buckland!
Come early and stay all day! There's always a big Wassail toast at 7 o'clock which you won't want to miss!
See you Saturday!
Midwinter Fest 2017:
Saturday, December 9, 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Groennfell Meadery, 856 Hercules Dr, Suite 20, Colchester, VT
Check out the Facebook event for more info!
Ricky's back in the kitchen for another of his famous Jewish Viking Holidays on Wednesday, December 13th!
Join the staff of the Mead Hall as well celebrate the Festival of Lights with Ricky's childhood Hanukkah dinner made entirely with Viking-era ingredients!
The event sold out last year, so make your reservations early by calling 802-497-2345!
Check out the Facebook event here!
Groennfell Meadery is Vermont’s premier craft meadery. Inspired by Old Norse legends, brewed with extraordinary ingredients, Groennfell’s meads are unlike anything you’ve had before. Crisp, clean, and astoundingly drinkable, the only way to explain any one of Groennfell’s meads is to try one yourself.