How to Drink Hallucinogenic Beer Like a Viking Shaman

Almost all beers today, from the snob’s favorite quadruple IPA to the cheap beer in your morning-after michelada, have one little green herb in common: hops. The pinecone-like bud of the climbing humulus lupulus plant flavors every beer on Earth. (It’s also a cousin to cannabis.) Brew without it, and it’s not technically considered beer, but a food product regulated by the FDA. It’s hard to even think about consuming craft beers without it, but ancient brewers used to flavor their wares with whatever they could find.


Ixel Balamke

Ixel Balamke was one of the two founding members of Sekhet-Bast-Ra in Oklahoma City. Currently living in the Twin Cities, she is currently the LBM of Leaping Laughter Lodge. She also is a Meanad and lover of fine wines. Her life long partner Hunahpu and she are well known for their Wine Tastings at NOTOCON. Together they have a small wine cellar that currently holds over 300 bottles.

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