As grapes are to wine, honey is to mead
What is mead, exactly? Mead, also known as honey wine, is a fermented beverage made primarily from honey, water and yeast. There are a multitude of different styles of mead, just like beer and wine. They're all delicious, because that’s what really matters, right?
Now for some history... Mead is one of the oldest fermented beverages known to man, predating beer and wine. The earliest evidence was found in northern China dating to 6500-7000 BCE. You might also have heard it named in works of literature like the epic poem Beowulf or The Lord of the Rings.
But don’t let it fool you: mead isn’t reserved for dead guys and Ren Faires -- it’s been around as long as it has because it’s just THAT good. Or maybe we’re biased… the only way to find out is to try it yourself.
What does mead taste like?
We've been asked this a lot, and the answer is simple... it's amazing. Honestly though, it varies. Just like beer and wine, mead can have a wide range of flavors. Often people think it will be too sweet, but it depends on the style. Mead can range from a very sweet dessert style wine to an austere bone dry wine.
There are a multitude of factors that can impart flavor. We like to maintain a good honey profile throughout, since we feel that mead should taste like honey. Seasonal variations in blooming cycles, weather patterns, rainfall, and soil type translate directly into distinctly flavored honey. The mead can take on additional flavors and aroma from ingredients (also known as adjuncts) including fruits and spices, the yeast used, and the aging process.
Like wine, the climatic changes from year to year result in no two years tasting exactly the same, and when it's gone, it's gone. If you find a mead you like, buy it and buy a lot!
The paradox of choice
There are many styles of mead. Each style is derived from the type of ingredients you use to make your mead. We like to keep it simple, and only make what we like and what our customers like. (If you have an idea, throw it our way: we are militant experimenters.) If you take the base of honey, water, and yeast, you have what is referred to as a traditional mead. Here are just a few examples of other styles:
A mead that also contains fruit (such as blueberry, strawberry, or melon)
A mead fermented with honey and grape juice (unfermented wine)
A mead fermented with honey and apple juice/cider
For more information on mead and the variety of mead styles, click here.
Mead here and now
Mead is one of the fastest growing segments in the US alcohol industry, and we’re proud to be a part of it. With meaderies popping up all over the US, we are happy to be among the first in the San Diego area. We are passionate about helping this industry grow, and even more passionate about teaching people about mead.