Get Up to Speed with Mead

Author: Julia Gordon
In its own category of alcoholic beverage, this combination of honey, water, and yeast is a tasty treat that’s been flying under the radar of modern imbibing—until now. Humankind’s oldest boozy beverage (dating back to 7000 BC!) is seeing a rise in popularity, and we’re here to give you everything you need to know before you grab a goblet.
The Honey in Your Honeymoon

The Honey in Your Honeymoon

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Before getting knee-deep in nectar, let's consider the history that gets the gold in your glass. Mead has been consumed by civilizations across the globe for thousands of years --the Greeks even called it 'dew from the heavens' because they believed the gods gave bees nectar so that they could turn it into honey for us mortal humans. Many cultures have also considered mead to be a crucial part of matrimony. Either included in a dowry or given as a gift at the wedding, enough mead was supplied to the new couple to toast for a whole cycle of the moon. Given that we still use the term 'honeymoon,' it's clear that Mead is as integral to us now as ever.

Bees Have the Midas Touch

Bees Have the Midas Touch

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Let's take a moment to appreciate the bees that give us our buzz. After hours of nectar collecting, the average bee is only able to produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey per day, which means it takes a pretty big team to fill up our cups (don't worry, a full hive produces about 60 extra pounds of honey each year, so they don't mind sharing a little sweetness with us humans). You could stop at delicious honey and whip up a refreshing |Bee's Knees|, but add a little water, yeast, and time, and you'll have Mead!

Hurry to the Hive

Hurry to the Hive

Photo Credit: Tastings.com
While it's important to remember that Mead is not a wine or beer but a succulent sipper in its own category, there are still many different styles within that category to choose from. With Traditional Mead, the type of flower that the bees visit has a huge influence on how it tastes in the glass. Honeywood White Clover is made from nectar gathered from clover flowers, while Martin Brothers Wildflower boasts a big beautiful bouquet of wild blooms. Pop a few bottles in a range of petal-power and you'll be able to appreciate the delicate differences. Want to get extra-decadent and experience a juicy Mead? Adding fruit to the concoction categorizes a Mead as a Melomel, and Costa Rica Meadery Passiflora is a great way to get a tropical buzz going.

Golden Ticket

Golden Ticket

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As humans have evolved alongside Mead, we've found many ways to incorporate it into our lives. Herbs and spices were added to the mix for medicinal purposes to create a style called Metheglin; and as time has passed we've expanded the category to include some herbaceous treats like HoneyMaker Lavender and |Oran Mor Aphrodite's Obsession|. Braggot, a brew made from honey and malted barley, is a delicious coupling of the best parts of mead and beer, and we recommend |Sun Up Brewing Company Sunna's Nektar| to celebrate the honeymoon of that tasty marriage.

The Honey in Your Honeymoon
Bees Have the Midas Touch
Hurry to the Hive
Golden Ticket
Get Up to Speed with Mead
In its own category of alcoholic beverage, this combination of honey, water, and yeast is a tasty treat that’s been flying under the radar of modern imbibing—until now. Humankind’s oldest boozy beverage (dating back to 7000 BC!) is seeing a rise in popularity, and we’re here to give you everything you need to know before you grab a goblet.

The Honey in Your Honeymoon

The Honey in Your Honeymoon
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Before getting knee-deep in nectar, let's consider the history that gets the gold in your glass. Mead has been consumed by civilizations across the globe for thousands of years --the Greeks even called it 'dew from the heavens' because they believed the gods gave bees nectar so that they could turn it into honey for us mortal humans. Many cultures have also considered mead to be a crucial part of matrimony. Either included in a dowry or given as a gift at the wedding, enough mead was supplied to the new couple to toast for a whole cycle of the moon. Given that we still use the term 'honeymoon,' it's clear that Mead is as integral to us now as ever.

Bees Have the Midas Touch

Bees Have the Midas Touch
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Let's take a moment to appreciate the bees that give us our buzz. After hours of nectar collecting, the average bee is only able to produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey per day, which means it takes a pretty big team to fill up our cups (don't worry, a full hive produces about 60 extra pounds of honey each year, so they don't mind sharing a little sweetness with us humans). You could stop at delicious honey and whip up a refreshing |Bee's Knees|, but add a little water, yeast, and time, and you'll have Mead!

Hurry to the Hive

Hurry to the Hive
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
While it's important to remember that Mead is not a wine or beer but a succulent sipper in its own category, there are still many different styles within that category to choose from. With Traditional Mead, the type of flower that the bees visit has a huge influence on how it tastes in the glass. Honeywood White Clover is made from nectar gathered from clover flowers, while Martin Brothers Wildflower boasts a big beautiful bouquet of wild blooms. Pop a few bottles in a range of petal-power and you'll be able to appreciate the delicate differences. Want to get extra-decadent and experience a juicy Mead? Adding fruit to the concoction categorizes a Mead as a Melomel, and Costa Rica Meadery Passiflora is a great way to get a tropical buzz going.

Golden Ticket

Golden Ticket
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
As humans have evolved alongside Mead, we've found many ways to incorporate it into our lives. Herbs and spices were added to the mix for medicinal purposes to create a style called Metheglin; and as time has passed we've expanded the category to include some herbaceous treats like HoneyMaker Lavender and |Oran Mor Aphrodite's Obsession|. Braggot, a brew made from honey and malted barley, is a delicious coupling of the best parts of mead and beer, and we recommend |Sun Up Brewing Company Sunna's Nektar| to celebrate the honeymoon of that tasty marriage.