beer history

S2 Episode 7: Haunted Pubs part 2

The falling leaves are changing colours, there’s a crispness in the air, and the days are getting shorter.It’s time to crack open a seasonal beer from our very first sponsor, McHugh’s Off-License of Dublin 5! Because we couldn’t fit this topic into one episode, Lisa, Thandi, and Christina exchange more ghost stories set in pubs…

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S2 Episode 6: Alewives & Demons

Thandi, Christina, Lisa, and Carolyn unpack some examples of medievally maligned alewives in 1400s art and literature. Where did tropes about alewives and demons come from? What can we tease out of carvings and paintings in churches? Who was writing those poems? Join the ladies in wishing for heavenly lakes of cask ale, with or…

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S2 Episode 5: Haunted Pubs part 1

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…autumn/ fall! It’s safe to say that Halloween is a favourite holiday for many of us Beer Ladies. So, we’re kicking off our new series, “Spooky Season”. Carolyn, Christina, Bean, and Lisa share some ghost stories set in pubs. Equal parts history, culture, and fun, this episode has…

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Episode 32: Beer and Vikings

It’s the Beer Ladies Podcast Season One Finale! Katie, Christina, Thandi, and Lisa bring you the long-awaited Beer & Vikings episode. Many thanks and major gratitude for all the archaeological work that has made this episode possible, and let’s support our schools of Archaeology into the future. Please enjoy one for the road as we…

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Episode 23: Prohibition

“It’s super awful, but people should know about this.“ It’s time once again for stories and outrage! Also, swears. Lisa, Christina, Carolyn, and Sarah talk temperance, from the movement’s moderate beginnings to hardcore terrible nonsense. All the racism and bad stuff you could ask for, right out of the gate! But did you know that…

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Episode 17: Malt Tonics – Part 2

Swing by the ol’ sanatorium with Christina, Lisa, and Bean, as they follow the fashions of advertising beer as a healthy choice in Part 2 of our deep dive into Malt Tonics. From malt tonics to tonic stouts, to Prohibition-era medicinal and sacramental… erm… booze… fermented and malted grain beverages have been prescribed for everything through the…

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Episode 15: Malt Tonics – Part 1

Delve into beer history with us at your peril! It’s part one of malt tonics and medicinal beers! Christina talks to Lisa and Bean about malt tonics and the old-timey (or is it new-timey?) ways they were marketed to women, doctors, women doctors, the healthy, the sick, and everyone from tots to wrinklies. What went…

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Episode 14: St. Brigid

In celebration of St Brigid’s Day on the first of February, we’re chatting about this badass Irish saint and how she’s related to beer. Oh, you didn’t know? Yep – she was a Brewster! Thandi is host today along with Christina, Lisa, and Katie. Expect to hear all about: Ale Feasts St. Brigid’s miracles (and…

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Episode 11: History of Christmas Beer

Would you want the Norse God Odin spitting in your beer? What if it were in Coppers at 3 AM after a pub crawl? Host Joanne, together with Christina, Katie, and Lisa, bring you mythical stories of Viking violence and the unseemly eating of children, inspiration for making warm spiced glüh-beer (perhaps garnished with the…

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Episode 7: Beer and Gods

This week Katie takes the reins and is talking about the various Gods that have ruled the beer world since the dawn of time. She is joined by Joanne and resident beer history buffs Christina and Lisa. Listen out for stories about St Brigid, Ninkasi, Hatho, Nomkhubulwane as well as others. Goddesses of Beer, we…

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