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Re: Sack
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0038.  Saturday, 15 January 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Ron Macdonald <
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        Date:   Friday, 14 Jan 1994 14:18:26 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Sack
 
(2)     From:   Tom Blackburn <
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        Date:   Friday, 14 Jan 1994 14:32:36 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
(3)     From:   Piers Lewis <
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        Date:   Saturday, 15 Jan 1994 00:35:52 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
 
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From:           Ron Macdonald <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Jan 1994 14:18:26 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Sack
 
I hope Ronald Dwelle's beer-drinking undergraduates won't be excessively
disappointed, but sack is a wine (and thus not brewed at all), specifically
any of a number of strong, dry (sack is a variant of _sec_, "dry") wines
imported to England from Spain or the Canary Islands.  I believe it was a
"fortified" wine, like sherry or madeira, that is, a wine whose alcoholic
strength has been increased beyond the limit of simple fermentation by the
admixture of a brandy distilled from the wine itself.  Falstaff's "If sack
and sugar be a fault, God help the wicked" suggests that sack was too _sec_
for some English tastes and thus sweetened at the table in the way the
less enlightened of us sweeten coffee.  And isn't there still some sort of
booze marketed under the redundant name "Dry Sack," packaged in burlap as
an allusion to the kind of sack that has absolutely nothing to do with
the name of Falstaff's favorite tipple?
 
                                            Cheers anyway,
                                            Ron Macdonald
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From:           Tom Blackburn <
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Date:           Friday, 14 Jan 1994 14:32:36 +0000
Subject: 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
Ron,
        You would have to inquire at a winery not a brewery for Falstaff's
favorite potable. "Sack" is  fundamentally Sherry (note the still available
brand "Dry Sack," though what Falstaff drank was probably not very dry).
 
Cheers, Tom Blackburn
 
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Date:           Saturday, 15 Jan 1994 00:35:52 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0034  Q: Falstaff's Sack
 
I always thought 'sack' was not beer but sherry--like the Dry Sack currently
available at your local liquor store. Am I wrong?
 

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