History: Cock Soup

I read Pete Brown’s A Man Walks into a Pub and learnt what cock ale was. In 1669 an Italian visitor was describing the London drinking establishments and mentioned cock ale. Here is the explanation – They used to get a cock (male chicken), stick it in a sack and bash it against walls until it was completely pulverized. It was important that the bones were shattered and the whole thing was a bloody pulp. Then they  would chuck in a load of spices, and drop the bag into a vat of ale while in was fermenting, and age the resulting brew for longer than normal to produce a much richer, heartier beer than normal.

Pass on the cock ale.

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