TKJ – A brief history of booze in medieval times.

Some fascinating information about the other “spiritual” side of folks during the Medieval period! My thanks to Darius for his permission to reblog this.

Darius Stransky

75-Amb-2-317-88-v.tif The traveler wears spurs. Food and drink at the medieval inn.

“Alcohol consumption in medieval Britain was, by modern standards, very high.”

Thus say the experts and I’m not going to argue with them! 

A word of caution before I go further. Ale is not the same thing as beer. Beer has hops. Hops are what give beer its bitter quality and long shelf-life.


In the ‘Dark Ages,’ Ale and alehouses are mentioned from the earliest times in the laws and canons issued by kings and bishops.

Thus, in 616, the number of ale-sellers was restricted by King Ethelbert of Kent. (Ethelbert’s law for Kent, the earliest written code in any Germanic language, instituted a complex system of fines).

St_Ethelbert Ethelbert (is that a ‘pub’ he’s holding?)

In 570, The monk, St. Gildas (born around 517 in the North of England or Wales) accused British chieftains and clergy…

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