Brewer’s Hell ( or heaven?)

I’m in pure collection mode now, running around Norrath brute force style, gathering all that remains.  It’s true my bags have been worse, but I thought the visual variety was interesting here…

Take this as a teaser of the full collection to be posted soon!

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The Final Stretch…

Norrath is a finite world, so unfortunately that means there is a finite number of recipes to be made.  As my brew skill surpasses 180, I find myself rounding the final bend.

This stinky thing is one drink I have had my eye on for a while but lacked the necessary skill.  After many skunks were slain in Toxxulia Forest, I combined their scent glands with some Short Beer and Gnomish spirits to create Skunk Breath Ale:

I needed to get my skill up, and for a change of pace from the Faydwer Shaker I brewed a few batches of Minotaur Hero’s Brew.  This is without a doubt the fullest I have seen the Brew Barrel get:

Can you say Malty?  Although the ingredients are all store bought, the quantity of them makes it quite the annoying drink to brew.  I do however see many skilling sessions with this one ahead of me, as it is one of the highest level drinks to be made…

This next one is a bit more interesting if you ask me.  Especially considering how odd it is that Ice of Velious exists to commonly in the driest of places on Antonica & Kunark. Nevertheless, an excellent brew for a nice chill is the Frothy Frostbite:

All along I have been collecting other spirits of Norrath that are not necessary re-creatable, and I also keep an eye out for any brew related items.  Somebody in East Commonlands was auctioning a Blackburrow Cask, so I picked it up for just 10 plat!

There are still more brews to come, but they are both rare and possibly not even accessable under the current terms of Project 1999.  Much research and testing will need to be done, but hopefully there will be more updates sooner than later.  In the mean time, time will also be spent filling in the gaps in the Wiki with the information that I have learned and shared here.

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Oh Schnapp!

This marks the longest most tiresome brew batch yet.  These two drinks require very rare forage-only ingredients that ended up  taking a cumulative total of about 6 hours to gather.

After spending multiple forage sessions in Emerald Jungle, I finally located just TWO Emerald Oranges required for Emerald Orange Schnapps:

Once I finally finished that, it was on to Lesser Faydark to find some Sylvan Berries.  Right about now is when I caved and decided I was fed up with foraging for now.  I paid some local folk to collect the berries for me, and I was able to make some Faydwer Schnapps:

Did I ever expect it to be so monotonous?  Never.  But was it worth it in the end? Absolutely!  I am two steps closer to having a full collection.  Plus considering the rarity of these Oranges, I think you’d be hard pressed to find anybody else who has brewed these drinks!

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Finer Spirits of Faydwer

Now that my skill has surpassed that of 150, the drinks are getting a little more…gourmet.  Many of the recipes to come require very specialized ingredients, which does not make them good for skilling.  So i’ve taken some time to better my skill by brewing a bunch of Faydwer Shaker, which is probably one of the most colourful (and intoxicating) set of ingredients i’ve combined at once:

Once I hit 160, I felt comfortable going out to scout for some one-off ingredients.  Perhaps this isn’t the best example of that, but I was excited to create Lothran’s Ancient Absinthe.  I wasn’t even sure if it would take or not.

A lone gnome in Steamfont sold me the Brimstone and Wormwood.

 

 

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Some Oddities

Once again I found myself back in Rivervale.  To celebrate that, I thought it might be nice to brew some JumJum Spiced Beer!  I was so excited that I went and grabbed multiple stacks of each ingredient.  I tossed them all in the Cask and then: FAILURE!  This recipe is not currently brewable, protected by some magical Classic force…

Anyway, my spirits were lifted when I checked the bank and found the backpack of lizard tails that Alefia and I collected!  Tail Kicker Lager:

While I was stomping around Rivervale, I noticed a young halfling happened to have a Fire Beetle Eye.  It reminded me of a particularly strange recipe I had caught wind of, so I paid the guy 2pp for his eye and created some Bleeding Brain:

At this point in time, I started to feel the pressure of needing higher skillz.  Impatiently, I looked around for anything within arms reach, which is when I spotted the Fishing Bait.  Wouldn’t these can of worms be so delicious if only it was spiked with a bit of Vodka?  And then Hulgarsh was born:

My Vodka stock was quickly depleeted, but I did have Vegetables remaining.  I cooked up a couple batches of Ginesh to further improve my skill:

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Kunark Lewt

A day trip to Kunark has proved valuable!

Before even departing, Alefia and I stumbled upon a pub in East Freeport which we were previouslu un-aware of.  Tucked in a corner beside the Inn at the south gate, Grub ‘n Grog Tavern appears less than inviting and filled with corrupt Militia filth.  Yet it is the only place you will find a nice cold Freeport Stout.

Anyway, the Kunark trip took us through Field of Bone and Swamp of No Hope.  In exchange for a healthy dose of buffs, I set the locals there on the lookout for Deadbone Barley.  Finally one came through with it, and after 30 minutes of foraging I settled for the single sack.

Flask of Bloodwater was next on the agenda, which I was half expecting to also rely on some local assistance (considering your typical Iksar’s opinion of the Halfling race).  However to my surprise, once I was able to get past the patroling guards, all the merchants were more than happy to offer me their goods.  Being shacked up in those ruins it’s no surprise they are probably hurting for business.  Anyway, I found an ample supply of Bloodwater Flasks, which meant it was time to head over to Swamp of No Hope.

This is where things get interesting. One would think that a swamp would be filled with giant swamp leeches, and you’d figure each would come with a healthy supply of blood sacs.  WRONG.  It took nearly 20 kills with only a SINGLE return before we got fed up.

At that point I had all the ingredients I’d need for a Legion lager. We turned to head out when suddenly an Iksar guard, his pale, and his pet skeleton suddenly show up out of the dark and lay into us.  We go running for our lives and I am able to clear the area in time, however my ally Alefia was not so fortunate.  So after another 30 minutes of zig-zagging through the northern side of the swamp we finally locate his corpse and port back to mainland.  So yeah that put a damper on the adventure.

Oh and I also got a stack of Earthworm Munch!

Arriving back in Rivervale, I open my bag and remember the other goodies I found in Kunark.  The merchants of Cabilis offered me their very own Cabilis Pale Ale, as well as a rather interesting Bladder of Lizard Milk…weird.  I also foraged some Flarefire Seeds and a couple of Muckskippers which looked useful.  Only time will tell.

So all in all at the end of the day, three new brews added to the collection:

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Spirits of Short Folks

Vodka in hand, I departed Halas and headed East. Far east.  Arriving in Kaladim, I got to work brewing a few rarities first prepared by the half-men of Norrath.

Vodka combined with berries, spices, and a shotglass gives you Halfling Stouters!

Double up on some Dwarven Ale and Short Beer in a Cask and you come up with 2x Brewed 2x Stout Dwarven Ale:

And finally, I had been saving my sole Kiola Nut for a special occasion.  I think now is a good time to use it.  Just drop it in with some water and voila: Tumpy Tonic!

Just to round off this collection, I killed a rat for it’s ears and used my spare Spider Legs leftover from Halas Heater to include a Gnomish Spirit.

And here is the complete collection of short folk spirits!

Just when the brews were a flowin and times were a marry: DISASTER! I go to stash my new brews in the bank and three angry dwarves pulled their daggers on me.  Just 4 swift stabs took me down before I even knew what was happening.

Also, I seem to have ate my Bag of Brown Caynar Nuts I was saving for some more Caynar Nut Brown Ale.

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Northwestern Antonica

After a couple of lengthy skill grind sessions, I decided to change things up a bit and go on an adventure.  I’ve heard of many brews found in the Western regions of Antonica, so I decided to head over and check it out.

While meandering through the Karanas, I happened upon some Black Burrow Stout sold by a local innkeep.  At first glance it looks like many other similar Ales, but on closer inspection I realize it is infact the first of its kind in my collection!

I happened upon a farm in West Karana where some interesting things were being sold.  I noticed some Generic Coffee Beans in the lot, and in the spirit of brewing and trying new things, I decided to pick them up.  The price a bit heftier than I expected, but I was excited about the possibilities.

While passing through Blackburrow, I decided to stop and have a look around for some Gnoll Skins which could be combined with my fresh batch of Ol’Tujims Fierce Brew to create some Blackburrow Swig.  However after a lengthy hunt, I ended up leaving empty handed and disappointed.  It is more difficult to locate the skins than I ever would have expected.

Moving on, I finally arrived in Halas.  Along the way I had gathered Vegetables, and the local Barbarians were able to supply the rest of the ingredients for a healthy batch of Vodka.  It will be needed many future recipes.

Not long after my Vodka had been completed, I dipped into the stock to brew some Halas Heater in spirit of the North!

Right about now is when the cold chill of the north begins to set in, so what better time to use those Generic Coffee Beans to brew up some coffee?  However I soon realized that now is apparently not the time.  It may be cold up here in Halas, but it requires Velious temperatures to unlock the creation of coffee using these beans.

So in the end I departed with three new spirits in my collection, and a sack of useless Coffee Beans.  Perhaps some more research will turn up an alternative use for them.

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Vegetable Woes & A Fierce Brew

Interesting night tonight.  To raise my skill from 100 to 122 I decided to brew Brandy again.  After quickly consuming my foraged Vegetables, I set out to find some more.  I located a recipe that claims a Turnip, Carrot, and Lettus could create 1x Vegetables. However, after scratching my head for a bit, this was found to be incorrect (non-classic).  Major bummer.

So I spent a bit of time in the commons foraging and buying from other foragers, and ended up gathering enough to make 5 stacks of Brandy.  Still though, my skill only got as high as 115.  I decided the quest for Vegetables was not worth it for simple skilling, so decided to change gears a bit.

Ol’Tijum’s Fierce Brew requires quite a few ingredients but all can be bought from the same merchant in Fools Gold.  Hops, Malt, Yeast, Barley, and a Cask.  Casks are annoying because they cannot stack, but in the end it was worth it when my skill hit 128 in a fraction of time!  I am also happy to realize that Ol’Tijum’s  comes as a new addition to my collection.

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Felwithe Vineyards

Tonight has been quite the brewing adventure.

I began by picking up some grapes in Felwithe and brewing some Red Wine to further build my skills.  On my way into town, I picked up some Morning Dew with the assistance of Alefia.   Once my skills were to a suitable level, I attempted creating some Elven Wine.  I also collaborated with some locals to help gather additional Berries and Morning Dew.

Once I finished the Wine making, my skills began to exceed that of which brewing wine would be useful to me.  So I left Felwithe and traveled to my home-town of Rivervale. There, I used some of my fresh Red Wine to distil some Brandy!

In my travels this evening, I checked merchants and looted various mobs along the way to gather ingredients for Gnomeish Spirits.

When I went to stash my new creations in the bank, I noticed I had 4 Froglok Meats.  I also have a backpack full of brewing ingredients, and also realized my stock of Ogre Swill was dangerously low, coincidently.  So I brewed 4 pints!

Before the nights end, I ventured with Alefia through Kaladim and onto Freeport, where we discovered a quite peculiar drink neither of us had seen before. Boot Beer!  I look forward to brewing some of this myself one day.

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