Tipsy Tales

About the wonderful stories

Leffe: The Perfect Abbey Beer


Long long ago water was more dangerous than alcohol. You name a disease; all the microorganisms which caused it were dutifully present in drinking water. You took one sip of the mucky water those days you would be rushed to the hospital or an abbey nearby to be administered with medicines steeped in alcohol. Distillation and brewing cleared the mud making water potable. Just like we buy packaged drinking water, they sought spirits to stay away from dirt and disease. … Continue reading

Heather Ale: A Toast to Viking Courage

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Ever heard of heather ale in your life, the tastiest drink ever brewed in the world? “It was Sweeter that honey, Was stronger far than wine.” If you haven’t yet, I am sorry. The drink is history. The most you can get near to it now is by reading Robert Louis Stevenson’ poem, ‘Heather Ale.’ “They brewed it and they drank it, And lay in blessed swound For days and days together In their dwellings underground.” Heather (a sort of … Continue reading

Drambuie: A Toast to Friendship


Speed bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing, Onward, the sailors cry Carry the lad that’s born to be king Over the sea to Skye (A Skye boat song written later based on the incident) The boat moved steadily to the Isle of Skye, away from the mainland of Scotland. Bonnie Prince Charlie, who bravely fought against the English was aboard. But you wouldn’t recognize him easily. He was now in the boat in the attire of an Irish … Continue reading

The Green Fire that Consumes Poets


Dramatis personae Paul Marie Verlaine: He was associated with the Symbolist movement. One of the greatest French poets. Arthur Rimbaud: One of the most popular French poets. He wrote poems for only 5 years. Stopped writing at the age of 20. Died, when he was only 37. Absinthe: A green-coloured alcohol which was a rage in Europe during the last part of 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century. Location: Paris and a little bit of Brussels. The … Continue reading