This cocktail is very easy to make... so long as you get a bottle before they're all gone at the Winter Warmer on Lees Release Party tonight!
We know that it can be tough to get out and socialize when you have a little one at home; especially if the kiddo is very new. It can also get pretty lonely.
We get it because the owners just got one themselves.
To make it easier to get out there and meet other new parents, Colchester's Mead Hall is hosting monthly meet-ups for parents of kids of all ages. We'll have pints and our full menu for the adults, along with activities and a special menu for the little ones.
No reservation needed, just come get out of the house for a few hours!
In which Ricky the Meadmaker answers questions about acid blend, yeasty tasting mead, a cheaper honey source, fusel alcohol, and more!
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!
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