Lore Prompt 8: Alcohol
What sort of alcohol does your realm produce or consume.
- Other Alcoholic Beverages
Does your realm import or export any alcohols, what kinds? are there any that don't get exported?
What is the cultural impact of alcoholic beverages?
Is there a minimum acceptable age to start drinking?
Wine - The Intoxicant:
Sogadar tends to be a wine-drinking society, with a variety of vines produced and imported from abroad. Domestically produced wine are known for its naturally sweet profile, commonly enhanced further by adding honey and being mixed with either regular water or, in the case of those who are able to, rosewater.
The mixing of other ingredients to the wine denotes the occasion that it is drunk in. Unmixed wine is generally reserved for rituals and festivities, and the serving of unmixed wine outside of these contexts is socially noteworthy. The mixing of salt and vinegar was typically done during the periods of abstinence by followers of Rdtra when the intoxication of any substances is forbidden. Saffron and Myrrh meanwhile are added in during periods of deep contemplation and dissociation, and typically during visits to the steam gardens or during spiritual auditions.
A notable import that has been popular in Sogadar for many years now are the Pear Wines and Schnapps brought over from the Dantaise in the east. Shipments and possession of these are incredibly valuable, to the point that it has become a sort of ad-hoc currency within affluent circles. In contrast, date wine - which is the variety that is most sold abroad - is hardly popular in Sogadar and is typically not even graded as a proper wine amongst most people.
Overall, the consumption of wine in Sogadar is deeply ingrained within social, and therefore religious, activities with the manner of consumption and preparation of the wine having its own cultural weight behind them than merely as an intoxicating beverage.
Beer - The Supplement:
Unlike wine; beer is generally regarded as a drink for nourishment and sustenance than it is seen as an intoxicant. Consequently, the Sogad gives beer far less cultural weight behind it than they do to wine. That is not to say that beer production is primitive or rudimentary, just that it is consumed in a more mundane and domestic context than wine.
Two varieties of beer that are most popular in the fertile shores of Lower Sogad are Boveza and Doveza - the former being a thick low-alcoholic beverage made of barley and wheat that is drunk as a substitute for meals, and the latter being its more alcoholic counterpart that is much more bitter and has a thicker consistency. These drinks are commonly given out as rations and payment to soldiers and labourers in Lower Sogad, to the point that the consumption of such drinks is seen as the mark of a professional. Amongst the nobility, the consumption of such beverages signals a modest and rustic character to the individual.
Meanwhile, in Upper Sogad, a drink that serves roughly the same function as the porridge-beers of Lower Sogad is the Xshyon. It is a drink made of palm wine mixed with barley meal boiled in goats milk and topped with honey and dates to flavour. Unlike its Lower Sogad counterpart, Xshyon is significantly less important in the societies of Upper Sogad, regarded only for its nourishment and nothing more beyond that.
It should be noted that the divide between Upper and Lower Sogad in their preference for either Boveza or Xshyon is not merely due to the different climate and landscape of the two, but a divide that is also cultural.
The more mountainous and pastoral Upper Sogad favours the cultivation of trees and animal husbandry far more than agriculture, hence the use of palm wine and goats milk in their beverage. Upper Sogad is also primarily inhabited by Sogad-speaking peoples, whose culture, religious practices, and social preferences greatly favour wine over any other alcoholic beverages. Lower Sogad meanwhile, with its more temperate climate, is much more suitable for the growing of grains and is primarily inhabited by the descendants of Moharid-speaking peoples that socially reveres a more simple and spartan lifestyle when compared to the more flamboyant and sybaritic Sogad.