A Viking drinking horn brings back the times when glass was not available and the product to drink beer out had to be a sturdy beer horn. If you like to see your own home-brewed beer served in an original way and impress your friends this is a great idea. These medieval beer horns are also a great gift for any beer lover. They can of course also be used as a drinking horn for wine or any other beverage.
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Two Types Of Viking Drinking Horns
When you are looking at the drinking horns for sale you see two types. A regular Nordic drinking horn that you hold in your hand or a Viking drinking horn with a stand.
Although you can buy a Viking drinking horn holder, I think it is best to buy one that comes with it if you use the beer horn that is not flat at the bottom and can be set on the table.
Drinking Horn we reviewed
Like always we only looked at the Viking beer mugs with at least a 4-star rating from a high number of real users.
We have found 3 beer horns that met those qualifications for you.
Viking Drinking Horn – Thor Horn Company
Food-safe interior thanks to the food-grade lacquer coating.
20 Oz large and this will allow you to drink beer like a real Viking.
Ale-Horn Handcrafted Viking Cup
Cutting from a solid piece of the horn means that no one of these cups is the same in shape or color.
The fully coated interior contains food-safe coating and is non-toxic
This beer horn comes with a 100% guarantee and if it has a leak or any defect it will be replaced free of charge.
Norse Tradesman Genuine Viking Horn Mug
- Engraved drinking horn with 4 rings and looks really nice.
- Flame treated with wooden base
This ox horn mug is made of a real Ox horn that comes from veterinary-safe and healthy livestock. Holds 24 ounces.
Each design is original and no other mug is the same.
Wooden base made from Rosewood
Viking Drinking Horn With Stand
For the real feeling of the free Viking spirit, There is only one way of drinking. That is drinking from a horn that is not altered to have a base to set it down. They come with a separate Horn stand and I personally like this drinking horn and stand a lot. Let’s have a look at the 3 that I think is the best bang for your buck.
Ox Horn Beer Mug With Stand
About 12 inches high and will hold about 16oz of your favorite brewed beer.
The interior is of course coated with a food-safe layer to protect you.
Every horn and stand is a unique design and is made of high-quality Ox horn.
Thor Horn Drinking Cup – Buffalo Horn
like all others, this Thor horn mug is also coated with a food-safe and non-toxic layer inside for your safety.
The Buffalo horns come from India and are handcrafted for a very original shape and color.
The handcrafted production makes it so that every horn is slightly different.
Drinking Horn On A Metal Stand
The stand is iron forged and fits the horn great.
If you need it this one also comes with a leather belt holder to take your horn with you.
Of course, it is leakproof and the applied food-safe layer inside will assure that.
The brass edge at the top is a really nice-looking feature and will guard your lips.
More About Viking Drinking Horns
There are a few things you need to know when you use a Viking beer horn. It is not the same as glass or Ceramic and needs a little different approach.
How To Drink Out Of A Viking Drinking Horn
I found a video on how to drink from a horn without making a mess.
History of drinking horns
Looking at the history of Viking drinking horns history shows that these drinking horns we are talking about were mainly used by people with a higher status and in many cases for a ceremonial purpose.
The lower class had no money for them and used clay-baked cups. Although in many movies it looks like all people used them this is not the case.
There are pictures from ancient Greek with people holding a horn to drink from in their hands that go back to as early as around 480 BC.
We in the western world now have the idea that they came from the Vikings, but I guess this is related to the idea we have that all they did was fight wars and drank home brewed beer out of these drinking horns.
How To Clean A Drinking Horn?
Cleaning a drinking horn is not hard but because of the shape, it needs a little more attention.
- Soak it for a while in hot water and dish soap.
- Rinse it out very well to remove dish soap residue.
- Let it dry really well.
Some tips I found recommend the use of a denture cleaning tablet for his Viking horn drinking cup and letting it sit overnight after a couple of times of using it.
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Eddie McVay is a passionate home brewer and an enthusiastic amateur connoisseur, He has been crafting his own beers and wines for over a decade. His journey began with a simple home brewing kit and has since evolved into a deep understanding of the intricacies of brewing. With a knack for making complex brewing techniques accessible to beginners, his articles offer a blend of practical advice, DIY tips, and insights into the art of fermentation. Read more about Eddie Mcvay here.