This morning I happened upon an article on farminguk.com that caused me to pause for a moment. Never before today did I know the long-time link between weddings and beer.
These days, when people think of weddings, Champagne or sparkling wine are usually the beverages that come to mind, not beer. However, through history, beer has a lot more to do with weddings than many of us might know.
The word “bridal,” for example, actually comes from “Bride-Ale,” which refers to a special beer brewed just for the wedding. What’s more, guests traditionally gave wedding presents in exchange for the special brew.
Even the honeymoon tradition is based in beer. 4,000 years ago, in Babylon, the father of the bride traditionally supplied a month’s supply of mead (best described as a honey beer) to the groom for a lunar month. The idea behind this is that the beer supposedly gave the new couple a greater chance of producing a son. Apparently, the bride would retire to the chamber alone on their wedding night, giving her groom time to sit and enjoy his mead. Once he was warm and toasty from imbibing in his honeyed beer, he would be brought to the wedding chamber to his bride. If a son was born nine months later, the brewer of the beer would receive gifts and praise from the entire family.
Hope I’ve added a new wrinkle to your brain this fine Friday morning.
[techtags:BEER TRADITION, BEER HISTORY, HONEYMOON, BRIDAL, BRIDE-ALE, BEER IN WEDDINGS]