Happy International Beer Day! (IBD) Here at Vale of Mowbray, we’re pretty keen on a tasty craft beer and pork pie combination.
The IBD is described by those behind the day as ‘the most beloved day of universal celebration.’ The location of the event? Planet Earth.
Which is your favourite beer? Our top Yorkshire beer? We’d have to go with Yorkshire Blackout – with flavours of chocolate and vanilla, what more could you want?! Though, admittedly, on Yorkshire day we will have to taste a few more beers just to make sure we’re making an educated top choice…
Did you know that Vale of Mowbray actually started as a brewery? Opening the doors in 1795, we brewed delicious ale before moving into baking pies in 1928.
So when you’re competing with your pals on IBD on who knows the most about beer, here’s some top trivia for you to win with:
- Who said ‘He was a wise man who invented beer’? Ans: Plato (Greek Philosopher)
- The Ancient Babylonians took brewing seriously. As in, if a bad batch was made… the brewer was drowned in it.
- There’s another Ancient Babylonian story is that according to The Code of Hammurabi of Ancient Babylonia, if a merchant diluted beer – he could be put to death.
- The four main ingredients: water, hops, yeast and malts. The German Purity Law of 1516 (also called Reinheitsgebot) stated that beer could only be made from water, hops and grain (yeast was added 35 years later when it was discovered.) Today, many brewers still adhere to these guidelines for basic brews – experimenting with additional ingredients when brewing more specialised brews.
- Rule of thumb: before we had thermometers, brewers dipped a thumb into the mix to know the correct temperature to add the yeast. Too cold and the yeast wouldn’t grow but too hot and it would die. This thumb trick is where our phrase ‘rule of thumb’ comes from!
- A true fan: George Washington had his own Brewhouse on the grounds of Mount Vernon!
- Going berserk? After drinking a bucket (or two) of aul (ale) the Vikings would then dive straight into a battle – often forgoing armour or in some cases, a shirt. The word berserk actually means ‘bare shirt’ in Norse and became the meaning of their wild battles. Imagine downing all that ale and then fighting for your life – we wouldn’t fancy it!
- Our beloved beverage has been around for thousands of years. The first references to beer date back to 6,000BC and the first recipe was found on a 4,000 year old Sumerian tablet . Inscribed was the Hym to Ninkasi – a prayer to the goddess of brewing.
- Here’s to the girls – since baking and brewing went hand in hand in Medieval Europe, women were the first European brewers and dubbed, ‘ale wives.’
- Thank your lucky stars we now have beer bottles – it wasn’t sold this way until 1850. Before this, those that wanted the beverage would have to visit their local tavern with a special bucket to be filled.
- There are 19 different versions of Guinness.
- The recipe for beer is the oldest written recipe.
- A beer lover or enthusiast? You can call yourself a ‘cerevisaphile.’
A pork pie and a pint has become increasingly popular. Pork pies have been a worldwide loved food for centuries, first recorded in 1390 in King Richard’s court kitchen and today’s pork pie is still the same – meaning you’re all eating food fit for a king when eating one of our pork pies! For uncomplicated food which compliments a craft beer, there’s nothing more reliable than a pork pie; leading to many micro breweries serving a pork pie and a pint.
What do you like on the side of your pork pie when you’re eating it with a beer? Pickles? Sauce? Relish? Or are you more of a mushy peas kinda person? Or alternatively – do you prefer to enjoy the pie plain and let the flavours of the pork pie and beer compliment each other?