Venti’s Cafe are recognizing the end of summer / the approach of winter by offering:
Elysian – Bifröst Winter Ale – 42 IBUs / 7.5% ABV
Elysian Brewing Co., Seattle, Wash. Citrus, fruit, herb [ winter spice ] aromas / tastes; a myriad of flavors; warming, smööth, hoppy, and deceptively drinkable
The Elysian brewer’s notes reads: Bifröst – the ‘rainbow bridge’ made from fire, air and water, used by the gods to travel from the world tree, Yggdrasil, to the heavens. Asgard.
__Further to Norse Mythology__
Bifröst [Old Norse bifrǫst, literally the 'tremulous way', from bifask 'to tremble' and rǫst 'a distance'] in Norse mythology is the bridge leading from Midgard, the realm of mortals, to Asgard, the realm of the gods, which the gods travel daily to hold their councils and pass judgments at Urdarbrunn [Well of Urd] under the shade of the tree Yggdrasill.
The bridge itself is the rainbow and its guardian is the god Heimdallr, whose hall of Himinbjorg is located at the upper end of the bridge.
The red color was the flaming fire, which served as a defense against the giants. The bridge is destroyed at the end of the world, Ragnarök. It was built by the Æsir.
There is a related story that Thor, the Norse god of Thunder and Lightening, did not use the rainbow bridge for fear of destroying it. This is illustrated in image_1 attached.
Reportedly, Bifröst is pronounced ‘BIV-rost’ not ‘BUY-frost’ and alternative names include Bilröst [Danish], Ásbrú [Norwegian], and Bifrost [Swedish].
Relevant images from Wikip include:
Thor wades through the rivers Körmt and Örmt while the æsir ride across the bridge Bifröst (1895) by Lorenz Frølich.
Bifrost by Arthur Rackham.
When a rainbow next you see, think of
- Elysian – Bifröst Winter Ale
- Thor not being able to use the bypass; having to take the long way round.
Of course Elysian is mythological too; to wit, per the WikiP:
In Greek mythology, Elysium (Greek: Ἠλύσια πεδία) was a section of the Underworld [the spelling Elysium is a Latinization of the Greek word Elysion]. The Elysian Fields, or the Elysian Plains, were the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous. . . . Synonymous with paradise.
btw: Elysian Park, Los Angeles, established in 1781, the year of the city’s founding, does not augur / foretell the LA Dodger to be heoric.
:jbx 24 Sept 2009; revised 25 Sept 2009