The Miller’s WIfe

Miller's Tale

This is a Braggot. We wanted to reach back into the history books and to find a name that would properly reference both its history – Geoffrey Chaucer expounded on the virtues of Braggot in his hit Medieval literary work The Canterbury Tales – and that would hint at its complex smokiness, draped over hints of cherry, resting on a background of malt and honey. Hence: The Miller’s Wife.

Of note, The Miller’s Tale in Mr. Chaucer’s work does not in fact include either a Miller or a Miller’s wife; rather, his Tale relates the story of one Alisoun: the lovely wife of a Carpenter who is both unrestrained in her passions and who is hotly desired by a slew of her fellow villagers. The Miller’s Wife sounds decidedly better than The Carpenter’s Wife, which suggests reference to the Lewis Carroll poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” … be a little flexible with us here! How many people will even recognize this reference, let alone read this whole nerdly exposition?

Oh, and it’s 8.4% ABV, so it’ll warm up your belly, just as Chaucer warms up the belly of anyone who is still conversant in Old-Middle English. Huzzah!

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