Skål! Scandinavian Spirits Heritage Hall, June 30 through October 8
Skål! Scandinavian Spirits shares the history and traditions of drinking culture in the Scandinavian countries, and begins to explain how those traditions were carried into the U.S, focusing on two drinks in particular: beer and aquavit, a traditional drink that means "the water of life."
Scandinavians have brewed beer for over 1,500 years.In pre-Christian times, the Norse god Odin was even credited with teaching humans how to brew beer, influencing the role of beer in worship and offering. Beer was also a major component of battle victory celebrations and sometimes drinking challenges. In the 1500s, distilled liquor proliferated throughout the Nordic countries, often highlighted as a tonic or medical cure-all. These early spirits often possessed terrible flavors, so herbs and other plants were used to improve the taste - a process that brought about aquavit.