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The history of Ale (and other alcohol) at Christmas

Beers at Christmas have been a thing since, well before we even had Christmas in the western world. Throughout history alcohol nearly always formed a part of any celebration for reasons that should be quite obvious. But there is more to seasonal ales that some lairy druids wanting to party (although they very much did). Winter had always been a time of ritual and celebration, with events like the winter solstice it is almost natural that people would make this a time of special events. Beers in this early period would have been quite different from what we drink now. Hops were not widely adopted and grains not properly specialised or readied. Spices, honey and maybe even bits of tree like ou

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