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Old 12-03-2007, 02:33 PM   #1
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Okay, so I'm going to expose my dorkiness to all of you, but I think you might be able to help me. This was partially encouraged by a posting a saw for Butterbeer, from the Harry Potter books. I'm a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan, and when I was recently watching Fellowship two scenes got me thinking. In one, during Bilbo's birthday party, Frodo accuses him of drinking too much of the Gaffer's ale, to which Bilbo admits that he has. Later, at the Prancing Pony, the hobbits are delighted when they find they can get beer in pints.

Now my question is, what type of beer would hobbits drink? Would the beer they brew in Hobbiton be different from the beer brewed in Bree, since they are for different clientele, or would they be similar? I know there's not any sort of indication of what their preference in beer might be, but I thought it might be fun to come up with a recipe for either the Gaffer's ale or Bree ale, or both. I'm thinking something like a mild brown ale or bitter for the Gaffer's, and maybe a hearty brown ale or even a porter for Bree, since there are men there and its a bit rougher of an area. Any thoughts/suggestions would be welcome, but please keep comments about my nerdiness to yourselves

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Old 12-03-2007, 02:35 PM   #2
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There has to be a morbidly obese mid-30's guy somewhere who will pry himself away from WoW and be able to answer your question.

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That is too cool.

Bree's proximity would have yielded similar ingredients to work with, but they probably had to have a steady supply at the prancing pony, so that might have led to stretching the batches etc. Lots of possible variables.

The gaffer probably put some wierd herbs in his brew.

Is Tolkien still alive? He went so insanely into detail in those books(writing 30 some pages of songs for the books instead of just saying "and then they sang a cheery tune")

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There has to be a morbidly obese mid-30's guy somewhere who will pry himself away from WoW and be able to answer your question.
No reason to be a complete ass. I'm a 24 year old, married to a hotty, college graduate, won't play WoW, homebrewer that ****ing LOVES tolkien. So back off.

I think the beer is a killer idea, I'm gonna think about it a little more and post my thoughts.
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That is too cool.

Bree's proximity would have yielded similar ingredients to work with, but they probably had to have a steady supply at the prancing pony, so that might have led to stretching the batches etc. Lots of possible variables.

The gaffer probably put some wierd herbs in his brew.

Is Tolkien still alive? He went so insanely into detail in those books(writing 30 some pages of songs for the books instead of just saying "and then they sang a cheery tune")
Tolkien died a while ago, his son has editted some of his old notes and turned them into books that got published recently, so he's still kinda "writing from the grave" so to speak.
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I don't think he was attacking tolkien fans, and he is probably right. And in all fairness you aren't hooked up to a cathedor so that you can play wow without taking a break, and you don't have the answer right on the tip of your tongue.

Someone that doesn't have a "hottie" at home, didn't go to college, and is still living at home playing wow has lots more time to think about **** like this.

Between my hottie and our 3 kids this has never occured to me to do.

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Tolkien died a while ago, his son has editted some of his old notes and turned them into books that got published recently, so he's still kinda "writing from the grave" so to speak.
Right, but he can't give us his opinions on it. Wasn't he alive when the movies were made? I remember the director consulted him on pronunciations.
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Boy.. given what he put in creating a language from scratch, he could have written down some recipes...

The beer must have been good, the Hobbits look pretty happy people.

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Right, but he can't give us his opinions on it. Wasn't he alive when the movies were made? I remember the director consulted him on pronunciations.
No, he was alive for the cartoons in the 70's, but not for the movies. The director worked with the big artists that used to illustrate for tolkien books all the time. I believe the main one was Alan Lee.

It was a personal attack, the dude asked to refrain from nerd comments specifically in his post. If you don't find interest in a thread, then don't post in it. I thought the Harry Potter idea was decent as well. I'm not a big harry potter fan, but some of the more recent books were good reads.
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I seem to recall at least one other scene where Merry and Pippin drink beer.

Its after Isengard has fallen to the Ents. Merry and Pippin are left at a destroyed gatehouse and find some bacon, tobacco, and I belive, some beer. I think they have a discussion comparing it to Shire beer. Might be some clues there...

Its been a long time since I read this, so I can't recall clearly.

It might be in Unfinished Tales and not in the main text of LoTR.

When I get home from work tonight I'll see if I can find it.

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