Careful, you are what you drink, part II

Thanks to new aficionados, society is waxing eloquent over mead. Since production dates to 2,000 years B.C., it’s older than God. Since it predates the human cultivation of soil, it’s older than dirt, too. Classified as neither beer nor wine, mead is considered the ancestor of all alcoholic drinks and is made by fermenting water and honey to produce a buzz. But before you join the renaissance, you should probably know the mead of the matter:

  • An ancient Roman recipe for mead recommended taking rainwater that had been kept for several years and mixing it with a pound of honey, then leaving it in the sun for 40 days. However, historians think the fall of the Roman Empire was caused by other factors.
  • In the Viking Age, Scandinavian beekeepers believed you had to either burn the beehives or drown them to get the honey. History tells us the Vikings applied this philosophy to pretty much everything.
  • Spiced mead drunk during the holidays is traditionally warmed by having a hot poker thrust into it. See Viking philosophy.
  • True, mead is currently enjoying a revival in society and a niche audience is drinking it, liking it and looking to see where they can get more. The Vikings did that, too.
  • According to the ancient epic Beowulf, the warriors drank mead and frequently believed themselves attacked by Grendel the ogre, a creature who was part man and part beast. This should tell you something.
  • In Norse legend, mead was magically credited with the power to turn its drinkers into poets and scholars.

In modern times, we call this an advertising campaign.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at pgannon@cmaildrop.com or at pgannon@theadvocate.com.

I Need a Hero

Where have all the good men gone? Where are all the gods? At Apollo, of course. And there were plenty of heroes — comic book and otherwise — at The Mystic Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette’s 38th Bal Masque. Carnival’s top draw took the stage and no feather was left unfurled as King Apollo XXXVIII Mitch Reed and Her Majesty Queen Apollo Kindrick Benoit misruled over a sold-out Cajundome Convention Center crowd there to witness the krewe’s take on comic icons Captain America, The Falcon, Silver Surfer and a pantheon of others. Towering back braces filled the night — Apollo never disappoints — and guests waved their support with glow-in-the-dark light sabers. Reveling in the ranks were Apollo President Phillip LeBlanc, Tim Lege, ball Captain Sherman Mire, Darrell Fruge, Conrad Breaux, Larry Ellis and Billy Evans; real-life hero and long arm of the law Edward Fremin, chief civil deputy from New Iberia; blast from the past Jeff Gremillion, editor of Houston Magazine; hearty host Dr. Robert Romero, Aimée and David John, Richard Foard, gracious Dr. Elizabeth McBurney, Kenny Hebert and, of course, it wouldn’t be Apollo without Jimmy Pool. What we loved: Peanuts popping tags to Macklemore, sitting so close we could feel the heat from the stage, hero-handsome Mr. National Apollo David Belanger, and above all — Captain America’s real-deal proposal mid-revue to his partner of 17 years.

Troubadours Honors Past Kings

The Order of the Troubadours selected the Madison in Broussard for their past kings dinner, with one stipulation — bring your own lion. A variety graced the tables as décor, including the one under the arm of last year’s monarch, Thomas LeMaire. “I had a pre-party and said goodbye,” he laughed, when asked if he was ready to pass the crown. More than ready to receive it was Peter John, who’ll rule as Richard Coeur de Lion LXII for the next 12 months. The VIP guests included Mark and Yvonne Mitchell, Royal Consort Alexa John, David and Aimée John, Karen Harwood, Garnet LeMaire, Laura Myers, Lee Ann and Mike Remondet, and Darrellyn Burts.