Link: Mead not just for jousters or Vikings

Mead experiences a craft resurgence

Our friends at Washington Post have taken another look at that ancient brewed beverage: mead.

An ancient beverage also called honey-wine, varieties of mead are made with honey, water and many types of fruits and grains.

An ancient beverage also called honey-wine, varieties of mead are made with honey, water and many types of fruits and grains.

Traditionally created by fermenting honey, water, and a variety of fruits and grains, mead holds the distinction of being one of the oldest alcoholic beverages. It’s also well known for playing a role in Norse mythology.  Several varieties of the golden brew exist, varying greatly in sweetness and flavor.

But due to its stereotype and association with ancient cultures and religions, the beverage often called “honey-wine” hasn’t experienced the surge in popularity that other drinks have. Until recently.

Mead Enters the 21st Century

Washington Post food columnist M. Carrie Allan writes:

“But meadmakers have kept to their craft, and new ones have come along. Over the past decade, modern meadmakers (or mazers) have been bringing the drink back.”

And with renewed interest, the number of meaderies and the varieties of mead have also grown.

“Meaderies are popping up all over the place; according to the American Mead Makers Association, the number of commercial meaderies in the United States has increased tenfold since 2003, going from approximately 30 to 300 in early 2016.”

So consider trying something old that’s become new again!

Read the full article here.

And check out Liquor.com’s article 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Mead

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