MEAD

Made with honey, yeast and water, mead is one of the oldest fermented alcoholic beverages known to man. Although its exact origins are unknown, there are historical documents describing the Greeks drinking a honey and water mixture, referred to as "nectar of the Gods", as a way to honor the Goddess Aphrodite.  It is also widely known that the Nordic Vikings celebrated their long journeys and voyages with mead. Norseman would drink mead from the skulls of their enemies. The Norse Gods would give mead to goddesses to seduce them. Both the Egyptian pharaoh, King Tut, and the Norse explorer Erik the Red, both enjoyed mead greatly. But one of the most noteworthy fact about mead is that it's origin comes from wedding celebrations, hence the term "honeymoon". Mead was drunk as part of the wedding festivities to celebrate fertility and the birth of sons. To learn more about the history of mead and the different types of mead, click on images/links below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are different types of meads, depending on the ingredients added, to make the mead.  Our blueberry mead, Purple Reign, and our strawberry mead, That's My Jam, are melomels, a style made with fruit juices. Honey Lavender is considered a metheglin, a mead made with herbs and spices. By caramelizing the honey before fermentation, ToffeeScotch is a bochet mead. Mead flavors not only vary from the added ingredients, but also from the honey varietals used to ferment and make mead.  According to the National Honey Board, there are over 3000 honey varietals. 

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