Homebrewing has been popular since the 1960’s; back when people attempted to brew the most affordable beer to save money. However, the current homebrewing craze of the 21st century is populated by enthusiasts seeking to produce the best quality beer they can using the limited resources at their disposal.
Homebrewing enthusiasts around the globe take great pride in brewing unique and interesting varieties of beer using fresh and local ingredients. Presenting your homebrew to others can be a satisfying experience that most homebrewers cherish. So if you’re a homebrewer, why not consider serving your homebrew to family and friends in one of Hidebound’s traditional leather drinking vessels.
Similar to most homebrewing businesses, Hidebound produce their products by hand using British sourced full grain leather. We are a small family run business and are committed to providing quality drinking vessels to beer, wine and cider enthusiasts across the globe.
If you want your homebrew beer or ale, home fermented cider or wine to be presented in something that looks both traditional and interesting, then a leather drinking vessel such as one of Hidebound’s Jacks, Tankards or Goblets would be perfect for you.
Brewing a medieval period beer
The drinking vessels offered by Hidebound are based on styles that were popular in Medieval and Tudor times. Medieval beers and ales were often served in leather drinking vessels such as jacks and tankards. Some larger leather containers called bombards were also used to carry drinks from the cellar to the dining table, and to also refill jacks and tankards.
Each of these drinking vessels would be ideal to serve your homebrew beer or ale in. However, you could take it a step further and attempt to brew a beer that is similar to the kind found during the medieval period when such drinking vessels were common.
Medieval beers are no longer available today, but any resourceful homebrewer may still be able to find most (if not all) the ingredients used to brew beer in the medieval period. This beer was believed to have been less bitter than modern beers, as the hops which give beer its bitterness had yet to be introduced to the English by the Germans.
Instead, this beer used other bittering agents composed of common herbs such as ragwort, sweet gale, mugwort, and yarrow, among others. This beer was believed to have been weaker than most modern beers as well and was known as small ale or small beer.
People have attempted to recreate some medieval varieties of beer. However, there is no way of knowing how close their results were to actual medieval beer. For many brewing enthusiasts, the opportunity to try something novel and interesting is enough to drive them to brew.
Homebrewing is a passion that should be embraced by all, and the best way to continue sharing your passion with others is to serve your homebrewed beer in a traditional leather drinking vessel from Hidebound Ltd.