Mead, also known as honey wine, is honey fermented by yeast with water. Like beer, mead is sometimes flavored with different spices, fruits, grains or even hops. Although mead can be made to any ABV, it is typically higher than most beers (8-20%), one of the reasons it’s closely linked to wine. While similar to wine, mead can be produced in a variety of sweetness from bone dry to sweet-dessert, making it a truly versatile drink.
Styles of Mead
Like craft beer, mead can be made in different styles, make sure you check these off on your mead-ventures
Bochet (caramelized honey)
Braggot (melted grains)
Cyser (Apple cider)
Great Mead (meant for aging)
Sack( higher honey and alcohol content)
Short (Matures quickly)
Legend has it, mead is a drink created by the gods themselves. From the Norse mythology, two groups of gods created a man by the name of Norseman Kvasir from their saliva. Kvasir was scholar and poet who was extremely wise. When he was eventually killed, his blood was mixed with honey, and whoever drank this Mead of Poetry took on Kvasir’s power of intelligence.
beyond from the legend, Mead has a history dating back to 3000 BCE, consumed by everyone - ancient Greeks, Africans, and Chinese.