A Goddess, Druid, and Nun Walk into a Brewery: Saint Brigid and Other Stories from Medieval Ireland

Between exploding eyeballs and stealing everything in sight, Saint Brigid was busy having miraculous brew days and turning water into ale. An 11th-century poem attributed to her quipped that she viewed heaven as a giant lake of ale with people drinking it down for “all eternity.”

Ale and brewing played a critical role in medieval Ireland, in both their social hierarchy and religious rituals. And the life of Saint Brigid provides a key starting point to understanding it all. Join Dr. Christina Wade, a member of the Brewseum’s League of Historians, for a talk that examines brewing in lay and monastic communities during the early Irish Middle Ages.