Other news of the fun and weird

In the process of doing some research into foods and beverages of the Middle Ages, I made a fascinating discovery.  There may be some historical truth behind the beverage “Butterbeer” from the Harry Potter books and films.  I am guessing that J.K. Rowling probably had heard of the old beverage called Buttered Beere, which was literally beer that had been flavored with butter and spices and served hot.  I made some tonight using a white lager as a base and it turned out beautifully.   I hope to do some more experimenting and see what kind makes the best buttered beer.

-Geoff