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Why Mead? 5 Reasons the Ancient Honey Brew is Your New Drink

Why Mead? 5 Reasons the Ancient Honey Brew is Your New Drink

5 Reasons Why Americans Should Drink Mead

Sorry craft beer, your little cousin’s all grown up – ancient, enigmatic mead is poised to become America’s new booze of choice. They say history repeats itself, and in this case, we can’t wait. Are you ready to fill your AleHorn drinking horn with mead?

It’s steeped in history and legend 

While the first planted harvested hops and grapes were still just gleams in a caveman’s eye, bees had been busy doing their thing for time immeasurable.  The simplicity of mead’s recipe (honey + yeast + water + time = party) led to its independent discovery by people all over the world from Africa to China.

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Just like today, alcohol was one of the ancient world’s greatest unifying forces. No matter where your ancestors came from, there’s a good chance they drank mead out of cow horns.

Mead’s also become a very important thread in our common cultural fabric. George R.R. Martin and J.R. Tolkien and Chaucer are just a few of the storytellers who have used honey brew to add richness to their tales.

After hundreds of years of playing second fiddle, mead is back!

Last year, American Mead Makers Association reported a 42% spike in business, which they attribute to the recent resurgence of fantasy epics like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings.  Since 2011, mead’s become the fastest growing alcoholic beverage category in the US.

The sheer number of mead breweries means that the quality and variety will only increase as mead’s popularity gains steam, so you can become a mazer in no time.

It’s easy to make your own

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Three ingredients: honey, water, and brewer’s yeast. That’s it! There’s no real recipe – just combine those three things, give them time to ferment, and join your ancestors in the ancient practice of brewing mead.

Even though it’s ridiculously simple to make, different factors will affect the taste of your mead, from the location of the hive right down to the composition of your water. Many mazers even choose to add spice or fruit to change the flavor.

It’s friggin’ delicious

One reason  you may not find mead at the bar right away is because it defies categorization. It’s not made with a fruit or grain, and it’s not even honey wine, which is something else entirely. This makes it tough to label and even tougher to regulate.

Mead can be dry and subtle or as sweet as dessert. It can be flat or bubbly. Drink it chilled or warm. If you haven’t had it, forget what you think it might taste like – its complexity and variety deserves an open mind.

Do it for the bees

It may not be scientifically proven that using more honey products saves bees, but the recent plague of colony collapse has made it essential to shift our focus to preserving hives. The more we value the work bees do, the more we’ll put into saving them. Falling in love with mead is a great way for us to connect with these ancient messengers of the gods.

2016-10-18T13:52:25+00:00

About the Author:

Jess is a blogger descended from a proud line of drinkers.

17 Comments

  1. Glen October 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    How about some suggested brands? And where to find them maybe…..I love mead!!!

    • Ben October 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm - Reply

      Great idea. Will publish something soon.

    • Etain October 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      Bunratty Mead is a very fine choice. Chaucers is a bit cheap tasting if you have had the Bunratty. You can order it on BEVMO online depending witch state you at in. Many local wineries and honey farms are making it now. I personally love the sweet to semi sweet with a hint of peach, pear and vanilla. Happy hunting.

      • anon October 2, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

        >Bunratty

        Oh god no. That stuff is disgusting.

        At the very least, try to get something like B.Nektar or IQhilika, but if you’re willing to splurge, Die Hochland Imker is fantastic.

    • Matt October 10, 2015 at 12:20 am - Reply

      B.Nektar
      I especially like the wildflower, and necromangocon.

  2. Blu October 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Moniac is the king of meads without question

  3. Mandi October 1, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Pirtle is amazing mead. Original, blackberry, or raspberry.

  4. Josh October 2, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Dansk makes some wonderful meads. The Ribe Mjod is a personal favorite.

  5. John M. Kennedy October 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I recommend Dansk Mjod Vikings Blod, or any of the other fine meads made by this meadery from Denmark. I believe that they produce five meads with various flowers, grains and herbs for flavoring. Most recipes date back several centuries, the alcohol content is around 19%ABV.

    • Anony October 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm - Reply

      Dansk mjod is my favorite so far!

  6. Anonymous October 2, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Moonlight Meadery
    B. Nektar
    Schramms
    Melovino
    Colony
    Laurel Highlands Meadery
    Bos
    Rabbits Foot
    Meadery of the Rockies
    Redstone
    Superstition
    Crafted
    Brothers Drake

  7. John M. Kennedy October 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Bunratty meade is not a true mead, it is a white wine with honey added.

  8. Brock Savage October 3, 2015 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Is “Hear her barbaric YAWP” a reference to Darkest Dungeon?

    • Jessica Trebing October 3, 2015 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      It’s a Walt Whitman reference: “I too am not a bit tamed—I too am untranslatable;
      I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.” – but now I want to try Darkest Dungeon!

  9. alex October 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    My favorites are Dansk mjod and Redstone meadery

  10. WA Clarke October 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Can mead be made from New Zealand Manuka honey …i was told that it contained to much natural antibiotic.that prevents the Mead from fermenting…

  11. Rob Oppegaard November 2, 2015 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Most honey based meads will not start without a nutrient for the yeast to convert the honey to alcohol, but yes, one can easily make mead from Manuka honey.

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