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Ale Conner Vignette

Postby greg3 » Mon Oct 11, 2004 6:48 pm

Gong farmers!! Are you fed up with cleaning up other people's mess? Want a job that's a bit less smelly? (and a bit more sticky!!) Do you like drinking beer and wearing leather trousers? Then you should become an ale conner!!! These vignettes will teach you the basics...

Find a place that serves ale

Buy a pint of ale to test

Pour half the beer onto a wooden stool

Sit on the stool (and drink the rest of the ale!!)

After 30 mins stand up - if your leather trousers stick to the seat then the ale contains too much unfermented sugar. Fine the brewer (and confiscate the ale!!!)

Well I hope you enjoy this insight into what was actually a real job (Shakespeare's father was an Ale Conner)
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Postby MaxiVisVires » Mon Oct 11, 2004 6:52 pm

Haha Great work on these vignettes and they're funny too. Keep up the good work. :)
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Postby LEGOFREAK » Mon Oct 11, 2004 7:53 pm

Heheheheh these are great. These little scenes are really growing on me....
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Postby lil Jon » Mon Oct 11, 2004 10:06 pm

That is pretty funny. Nice work.

Is he going to have to take off his pants to get rid of the stool. :?
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Postby Bruce N H » Mon Oct 11, 2004 10:53 pm

Hey, this is great! :lol: :lol:
I first read about the ale conner in Stephen Biesty's Castle Cross-Sections and thought it sounded like a great job. Your tutorial makes it seem really simple.

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Postby The Blue Knight » Tue Oct 12, 2004 3:16 am

Bruce N H wrote:Hey, this is great! :lol: :lol:
I first read about the ale conner in Stephen Biesty's Castle Cross-Sections and thought it sounded like a great job. Your tutorial makes it seem really simple.


I love that book! My kids and I look for the spy. There are also 2 lovers kissing, but we can't find them in every picture. What a great resource of castle stuff!

These simple little scenes are sweeping our humble site now aren't they. The faces remind me of Rev. Powell's work. This one is funny, good job greg3.
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Postby Zythophile » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:14 pm

Lovely servies of vignettes, beautifully done, but alas the story of the ale-conner sitting in a puddle of beer is a complete myth - there's no evidence fopr it at all. See here for a complete debunking.
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Postby paleotaur » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:14 pm

Lol, nifty idea
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Postby The dark tide » Mon Apr 14, 2008 11:33 pm

Very well done. Very hilarious. I had forgotten about the ale testing method until I saw your vig.
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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:30 am

Even if it might not be true, I think it makes a good story. And I love the vigs! Simple, yet effective.
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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:34 am

That’s funny! I study an aspect of town life in medieval towns and it was interesting to find out about town officials testing ale or beer as part of their jobs... you are totally right, if the ale was bad they’d fine the owner. Keeps them from watering down the ale too much as well! To this day they test it in York yearly as a celebration of sorts.

I had never heard about pouring ale on the seat but it is rather funny scene (though leather pants really do not exist in period but chausses and braies of wool or linen- ... usse1.html ).

Very clever and humorous though!

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Postby Danielas » Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:32 am

I love that book!!! that was a great MOC. But i wonder how many taverns that poor gong farmer went to till he got his pants stuck???
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Postby LORD DOOM » Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:03 pm

Too much wasted ale. But good call on the leather trousers. ;)
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