Re: Beer, here!!!

From: danjmi
Message: 15196
Date: 2002-09-06

Looking up "beer' in Buck, I find the Greek "brutos/ bruton" with
the comment "first used (Archil.) with reference to Thracian or
Phrygian beer and properly a Thracian form : OE breowan 'brew"
etc. Walde-P. 2.168"
So we're dealing with Thracian, not Greek, phonology.

Beer was always a bit foreign to the Greeks. The currently
dominant brand has the strange name of "Fix". Apparently in
1832 when the European powers sent a spare Wittelsbach
prince to be King of Greece, he brought along his
Hofbraumeister, a Herr Fuchs. After thirty or so years the Greeks
threw out King Otto, and replaced him with a Dane. All that's left
from the Wittelsbach dynasty is Bavarian blue in the Greek flag
and Fix beer.