This episode we use our PKE meters and commune with a ghost hunter who investigates the spirit world. Next, have you heard the legend of the banshee? We speak with an Irish seanchaí (shawn-a-key) about the folklore of the wailing woman. Finally, what’s scary good? This Oktoberfest beer in my hand! And I declare “O’ZAPFT IS!” Oktoberfest festival beers square off against each other in this month’s BEER DOME competition. That, and our usual craic in this episode of Life In 16 oz.
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- Beer News (4:31)
- Charlie Snyder (Part 1), Ghost Hunter
East Coast West Ghost Paranormal (13:31)
- Charlie Snyder (Part 2), Beer Aficionado
Beer Sports and Catharsis Show (40:46)
- Beer Dome – Oktoberfest Beer Battle – Intro (45:30)
- Danielle McCormick, Irish Seanchaí (47:45)
Legend of the Banshee (one take) / Irish Folklore
- Karl Blake, P. Wexford’s Pub Patron (55:48)
Legend of the Banshee (another take) / Irish Folklore
- Beer Dome – Oktoberfest Beer Battle – Finale (1:01:38)
SITES TO VISIT
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. / Charlie Snyder (YouTube) / GhostStop / Wonder Box / The Washoe Club / The Whaley House Museum / Beer Sports and Catharsis Show with Charlie Snyder / Stone Brewing Company / Ballast Point Brewing Company / Make Earth Magical (YouTube) / Darby O’Gill and the Little People / Andy Paciorek (Facebook) / Flying Dog Brewery / Dust Bowl Brewing Company / Hacker-Pschorr / Pocock Brewing Company / Samuel Adams
Keep scrolling for more info from the show, to include photos related to this month’s episode.
LEGEND OF THE BANSHEE (YET ANOTHER TAKE)
By Andy Paciorek (with permission)
Also known as: Beansidhe, Bean-Si, Benshee, Fairy Woman, Woman of the Hills, Bachuntas, Badbh-Chaointes, Cointeach, Wailers, The Keener, The One Who Keens, Mna-Sige, Mna-Sidhe, Cyhiraeth, Cyraeth, Cyoerrath, Cyhyraeth, The White Lady of Sorrows, The Weeper, The Skree, Caoineag, Caointeach, Fear-Sidh, Seinn-Bais, Death Music, Tolaeth, Ghost Sounds, Bocanachs, Bowa.
The wail of the Banshee (known as the Keening) is said to be heard either by the person whose death is imminent, or by someone closely associated to them. People with a strong Celtic bloodline are considered more likely to encounter a Banshee, and some old families may hold a peculiarly strong bond with one of these creatures. This is sometimes thought to indicate a distant Fay strain within their genes but others have suggested an earthier, more sinister reasons for the connection.
The finger points at certain reputedly Banshee-ridden families with the accusation that one of their ancestors murdered a young lady, possibly a pregnant mistress or other similar unfortunate, and so it is believed that their descendants must carry a reminder of this shame for evermore.
The shadow of this sin falls at the approach of their darkest hours and may be specifically regarded as being a Hateful Banshee. To those who have not heard the Banshee’s cries (and count themselves lucky for this), it is often imagined that this must be a loud, dreadful noise and sometimes it has been reported as such (usually in the cases of Hateful Banshees), but not always. Sometimes her Keening was described as being oddly melodic and strangely comforting, especially if heard by someone who was old and failing, had endured a long, discomforting illness or was of a family favoured by the Faeries. □
For even more banshee folklore, check out Banshees at My Irelands Past.
BEER DOME – OKTOBERFEST BEER BATTLE
How on Earth did our hosts come up with these Beer Dome results? Listen to the show to find out what they were thinking … and tasting, smelling, and feeling!
- Dogtoberfest Marzen – FOURTH
Flying Dog Brewery,
Lager – Märzen / Oktoberfest, 5.6% ABV, 30 IBUs
- Oktoberfest Specialty Lager – WINNER
Dust Bowl Brewing Company,
Lager – Märzen/Oktoberfest, 6.4% ABV, 22 IBUs
- Oktoberfest Märzen – FIFTH
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH, Munich, Germany
Lager – Märzen/Oktoberfest, 5.8% ABV, 28 IBUs
- Pococktoberfest – SECOND
Pocock Brewing Company, Santa Clarita, California
Wheat Beer – Dunkelweizen, 5.4% ABV, 24 IBUs
- OctoberFest – THIRD
Samuel Adams, Boston, Massachusetts
Lager – Märzen/Oktoberfest, 5.3% ABV, 16 IBUs
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